The feast commemorates the apparition of Our Lady to Juan Diego in 1531 outside what is now Mexico City. It is a very important part of Advent celebrations in Mexico, and our observance recognises the role in our community played by our Mexican students. This year, the Mass was of greater importance, as we recognised and acknowledged the hard work of a former member of staff.
In June 2016, our much-loved Housemistress and Spanish teacher, Mrs Margaret McCabe retired after twenty-eight years of dedicated service to Kilgraston. As well as teaching and housemistress commitments, she prepared girls for First Communion, Confirmation and supported the girls, staff and the whole school community.
In the presence of the whole school community and guests, Mrs Margaret McCabe returned to Kilgraston School to be presented with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope in recognition of her services to Catholic education. The medal was presented by Bishop Stephen Robson of the Diocese of Dunkeld. Bishop Robson concelebrated Mass with Monsignor Hendry, Monsignor Drysdale, Canon McInally and Fr Pletts who have all served Kilgraston over the last 20 years.