The Catenians


Aberdeen Conference 15th to 17th May 2020

Publish Date: Tue 21st Jan 2020

Welcome address

Great Britain national president elect and director of Province 22, Eddie O’Donnell and his wife Catherine, along with provincial president Archie MacLellan and his wife Maureen, and Anthony Jeffers, chair of the organising committee, ably supported by his wife Rosemary, extend a warm Scottish invitation to our annual conference in Aberdeen.

The conference is being held in Scotland for the first time since 1987. Aberdeen, the ‘granite city’ and oil capital of Europe is the chosen venue.

The conference hotels will be the Doubletree by Hilton, Jurys Inn, Park Inn and Copthorne. All the events with the exception of Sunday Mass will be held in the art deco Beach Ballroom with its amazing sprung dancefloor.

The Doubletree is within walking distance of the Beach Ballroom and Jurys Inn is adjacent to the railway station. The other hotels are in the city centre, approximately one mile from the Beach Ballroom. Coaches will be available between the hotels and the Ballroom. Welcome desks will be manned by Brothers and ladies from Province 22 from Friday afternoon onwards at the conference hotels.

The weekend will commence on Friday evening with a meal and civic reception in the Beach Ballroom.

The conference itself will commence at 9.30am on Saturday and follow the normal format of remembrance of our deceased Brothers from the past year and a keynote address from Archbishop Leo Cushley of the archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. After a short comfort/coffee break the conference will resume with a discussion of the motions submitted. The conference will conclude at 12.30pm.

The Beach Ballroom has ample capacity for all those who wish to attend, including all ladies.

For those who arrive in Aberdeen early, tours will be arranged on Friday and also on Saturday morning. They will include a city tour, visits to a distillery, to Blairs Museum and to Crathes Castle.

In a change to the normal format, Saturday evening will have only one event: a gala dinner and dance which will combine the traditional banquet and carnival.

The music will be provided by the Graham Geddes Band, a local band who are equally adept at ceilidh music and traditional dance music.

For those who prefer a quiet after dinner chat with friends, there is ample space within the Ballroom with many alcoves and separate bars.

The weekend will conclude with Mass in the Cathedral Church of St Mary Assumed into Heaven, with Archbishop Leo Cushley as principal celebrant and Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB preaching, followed by a farewell lunch in the Copthorne Hotel.

Province 22, the host Province, invites you to not only attend our conference weekend, but to take some additional time to experience our beautiful country, from the Borders, to Edinburgh Castle, Glasgow Kelvingrove Museum, Loch Lomond, the Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies, Perthshire, the Highland Whisky Trail, Loch Ness and other places too numerous to mention.

Aberdeen Circle will hold its 950th meeting on the Thursday evening preceding the conference at the Beach Ballroom.

More information can be found in Catena and the Members area of the website.

Please save the dates in your diary: 15-17 May 2020.

Catherine and Eddie look forward to meeting you in Aberdeen.