The Roman Catholic Diocese of Galloway exists to serve the People of God in North, South and East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. The vision and mission of the Catholic Church in Galloway is the same for the Catholic Church Universal: to be a sign and instrument of communion with God and of unity among all people.

Ordination - Video Feed


Bishop William Nolan is the new Bishop of Galloway. He was ordained on Saturday 14th February 2015 in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock. A video-link taken to the Kay Park Church across the road allowed more people to gather.


The Ordination Mass can be watched again on this web site. Some excerpt video clips containing some of the hilights and a full DVD of the Ordination will be available soon.

Mass of Chrism

Our annual Diocesan Chrism Mass will be celebrated in St. Margaret's Cathderal, Ayr at 7:30pm on Tuesday 31st March. Everyone is very welcome to join with the Priests and Parishioners of the Diocese as they gather with Bishop Nolan, who will celebrate his first Chrism Mass as our Bishop.

Galloway Diocese News - Ordination Special Edition

The latest edition of "The Galloway Diocese News" is available now in parishes and is a special edition reflecting on the Ordination of our new Bishop William Nolan. Please collect your copy in parishes or download the electronic (.pdf) version.

Please continue to pray for Bishop Nolan and for the Church.

Vicar General appointed

Bishop Nolan has announced the appointment of Fr. William McFadden as Vicar General of the Diocese.

Bishop Nolan thanked Fr. McFadden for his willingness to accept the appointment, as well as sincerely thanking Mgr. Joseph Boyd for his many years of service as Vicar General to both of Bishop Nolan's immediate predecessors (Bishops emeritus Cunningham and Taylor).

Palm (Passion) Sunday (Year B)


The disciples must have been filled with joy at the reception Jesus received on his final entry to Jerusalem. They could hardly have considered that the suffering he had warned them of would result so quickly, if at all.  Jesus, knowing the human heart’s deviousness and what he was about to undergo, must have received the acclamations and cheers with caution.

To Jesus the path to glory was through his passion and death, a glory which would only be seen thereafter when he rose from the dead. The joy the disciples would then feel would be the real, lasting joy which he promised. Lent helps us along the path to that same Easter joy.



Diocesan and Pastoral Office, Candida Casa, 8 Corsehill Road, Ayr, KA7 2ST
Telephone: 01292 266750  Fax: 01292 289888 Email: administration@gallowaydiocese.org.uk

RC Diocese of Galloway - Charity number: SC010576