Iona Abbey Reopening 2021

A video journey, including behind the scenes footage, with guests and staff as they prepare for, then celebrate the opening of the renovated guest and community space at Iona Abbey. 

 

A Service of Blessing and Celebration

Revisit the full ‘Service of Blessing’, including unseen interviews & commentary.
Download the full order of service here.

1. Iona Abbey Reopening: introduction to the service of blessing, with background to the Appeal2 Iona Abbey Reopening Service, 7th June 20213 Lesely Orr and Mary MacLeod in conversation.4 John Harvey, long-standing Member, and Katy McClune, a new Associate, in conversation5 Raymond Young and Walter Dunlop: surveyor and architect talk about the renovation of Iona Abbey

Songs of Praise

We were delighted to be included in the recent production of Songs of Praise, aired on BBC1 on 27th June. 

Photo Gallery

Meander through this gallery of glorious images of the people and the events that made this day so special for the Iona Community, and for the island community on Iona. 

Press Coverage

From local to national and global press coverage, read of the impact that the renovated living and community space at Iona Abbey will have on local communities. 

  1. Evening Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/princess-princess-royal-people-scotland-christianity-b939375.html
  2. Press and Journal: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/3211279/princess-anne-opens-refurbished-iona-abbey-in-landmark-moment-after-3-75-million-renovation/
  3. Herald Scotland: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/19351924.iona-abbey-set-reopen-fundraising-effort-helped-divine-intervention/
  4. Express and Star: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2021/06/08/iona-abbey-reopens-after-multimillion-pound-renovation/
  5. News and Star/Cumberland News: https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/19357110.living-quarters-iona-abbey-reopen-multimillion-pound-renovation/
  6. Oban Times: https://www.obantimes.co.uk/2021/06/03/royal-visit-to-iona-abbey/
  7. Guardian/Observer: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/jun/06/scotland-iona-benedictine-abbey-saved
  8. The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/iona-abbeys-survival-prayer-answered-n2052xl35
  9. The Tablet: https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/14214/iona-reopens-on-anniversary-of-st-columba-birth

Island Hall Open

We are delighted to share with you news of the new Village Hall, opened also on 7th June – a fabulous venue for all who visit Iona. https://ionavillagehall.org

And finally….

And if you are looking for ways to support us, please consider becoming a member, joining our voluntary team or donating to our ongoing workYou can find out more about the Iona Community in our Transforming Lives booklet, and in our short flyer.

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