Lochaber cluster of Catholic churches get new priest

The farewell party for Fr David Connor, pictured cutting a special cake for the occasion, in Lochgilphead Parish Church Hall. NO F36 Father Connor

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The Lochaber Cluster of Catholic Churches – those in Fort William, Caol, Glenfinnan and Mingarry – are getting a new parish priest.

Father David Connor bade farewell to parishioners at St Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lochgilphead and then spent August saying goodbyes and hellos as he moved on to his new duties – he is replaced in Lochgilphead by Father Ronald Campbell.

Fr David, who spent eight years in Mid Argyll looking after congregations in Lochgilphead and Inveraray, and at a farewell event held in Lochgilphead Parish Church Hall, said those eight years had been the happiest in his life.

Parishioners and the wider community were sad to see him go, as he had become an important part of many lives.

One parishioner thanked him for his ‘kind, compassionate ministry to all, especially those in most need,’ adding, ‘We will miss you.’

Fr David is from Dunoon, where he ran the post office in Kirn before studying for the priesthood. He was no stranger to many in Mid Argyll, however, as a member of the Argyll and the Isles diocesan choir. He brought his skills as a musician to the priesthood, frequently multi-tasking as priest and organist.