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. The event starts just after 28:00, with the main proceedings beginning with a procession at 01:00:00.

A New Bishop for Galloway

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop John Cunningham and appointed of Fr. William Nolan, previously Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, as his successor as Bishop of Galloway.

A 2 page update to the Galloway News to reflect this wonderful news can be found by clicking the image on the right.

Bishop Nolan was Ordained on Saturday 14th February 2015 at 11am in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock. 

Advent Edition of The Galloway Diocese News

The Advent Edition of our diocesan magazine is available at the start of the Season in parishes. It contains many interesting article on recent and upcoming pilgrimages, reflections for the season, and pieces seeking to deepen our understanding of the faith. For the electronic version please click on the image on the right.

First Sunday of Lent (Year B)


The Lenten season signals the start of the period of preparation by which the Church encourages us to be ready to celebrate Easter more meaningfully. In Sunday’s gospel we see how Jesus spent a lengthy period in the wilderness to deal with temptation, material and spiritual. He responded each time by reflecting on God’s word and obeying it. He was thus prepared to move on confidently to public ministry, where such temptations abounded.

God calls each of us into the wilderness of our own hearts, to look honestly within, and with his grace resist temptations which would separate us from him. Like Jesus we have set aside time now to reflect on how we actually live out our faith in today’s market place and with God’s help adjust any shortcomings.