Wednesday, 9 January 2019
The Icon of Jesus the Teacher will be in St Margaret’s Church from Thursday 10th January for one week as part of its 7 week tour of both parishes and schools across the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. Local Catholic schools will make visits to the Church and the work of our schools will be highlighted over the weekend of 12th/13th January.
The icon was created by Coatbridge based artist Bernadette Reilly and was commissioned by the Scottish Catholic Education Service to mark the centenary of Scotland’s Catholic schools being incorporated into the state system. The 1918 Education Act (Scotland) saw 224 Catholic schools transferred into state sector. Scotland now has 369 Catholic schools with their popularity ever increasing among Catholic and non-Catholic families. The Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh contains 10 Catholic high schools and 69 Catholic primary schools. These are operated in partnership with families and local government.
Over the course of this centenary year, the icon has been touring the eight dioceses of Scotland, with St Andrews & Edinburgh being its final destination. In the weeks ahead it will provide a focal point for prayers of thanksgiving.
The image of the icon on the right is reproduced with the kind permission of the artist, Bernadette Reilly. The Icon is the property of the Scottish Catholic Education Service and the image remains the copyright of the artist. The image cannot be replicated or used without express permission from the artist.