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Bishop-elect  Martin Chambers R.I.P

2023  FR MARTIN CHAMBERS

Father Martin was Parish Priest for only 9months

before being appointed Bishop of Dunkeld. Sadly, Fr Martin died suddenly on 10th April 2024 a few weeks before his episcopal ordination. His funeral took place in the Parish on 29th April 2024 and was concelebrated by Bishop Frank Dougan, Bishop of Galloway,  with over 950 mourners attending.

Fr Martin had established the Martin Chambers Ecuador Trust in 2006 to support the lives of those who live in the poorest conditions in Ecuador where he worked on the missions from 2004-2009 before returning to Galloway Diocese.

Father Martin’s Vigil and Requiem Mass was streamed by Galloway Diocese as well as the RC Troon Youtube. Both are still available to view by following the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Euj4bEcT8Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr5q5IgPcX0

OR VIA THE PARISH YOUTUBE SITE    CLICK HERE   

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Lourdes -April 2024- Group 138

MESSAGE FROM FR MARTIN

"We took the Parish prayer intentions down to the Lourdes Grotto tonight. May God continue to bless the Parish with Easter Hope!"

"In the midst of an animated HCPT week at Lourdes, I’ve taken a quiet moment down at the Grotto to say thanks to God for all the blessings of Galloway Diocese. Together we have heard God calling us in our families and in our Parishes. As I step out in faith to the Diocese of Dunkeld, may God continue to inspire us. Let us always walk in the presence of God"

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BAGPIPES IN LOURDES

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SING-A-LONG WITH FR MARTIN

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Archbishop Nolan

Archbishop of Glasgow

Martin’s death is a huge loss not only to his own diocese, and the diocese of Dunkeld where he had been appointed bishop, but for the whole Catholic Church in Scotland.

“When I was Bishop of Galloway I knew him well – a great priest, always welcoming, friendly, with a good sense of humour who worked so hard for his people.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and those whose lives he touched during these years of priesthood.”

Bishop Frank Dougan

Bishop of Galloway

We give thanks for the selfless service he gave to our diocese; we recognise the enormous contribution he made to support some of the poorest communities in Ecuador and we pray for the repose of his soul.”

 

“To know Martin was to know a man of love, enthusiasm, humour and a deep faith which enlivened all that he did.”

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BE INSPIRED.. .NOT IMPRESSED 

Early Day Motion

UK Parliament 18/4/2024

 This House recognises Father Chambers' unwavering dedication and tireless service to the community during his 14 years at St Matthew's and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, as well as his invaluable contributions to other parishes including St Sophia's, where he played a pivotal role in keeping them vibrant; commends Father Chambers for his profound impact on the community, both locally and internationally, particularly through his work in fostering a link between St Joseph's Academy and Ecuador, allowing for cultural exchange and enrichment for pupils from both nations; acknowledges his imminent ordination as Bishop of Dunkeld, a testament to his exemplary character and faithful service; extends heartfelt condolences to Father Chambers' family, friends, and colleagues, as well as the people of Galloway Diocese and the Diocese of Dunkeld, during this time of profound loss; pays tribute to Father Martin Chambers for his selfless dedication, unwavering faith and profound impact on the lives of those he touched; affirms that his legacy of compassion and service will endure in the hearts and minds of all who knew him; and hopes that he will rest in peace.
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