St. Vincent's Interior

About

About St. Vincent de Paul’s Church, Tain

In 1979 the Easter Ross Peninsula split off from the Dingwall Parish and set up as a distinct unit under the title of the Parish of St. John Ogilvie. Hugh, Canon Malaney was its first Parish Priest.

An existing church, dedicated to St. Joseph, was at Invergordon and a new house and chapel were built in Alness. The Parish owned a house in St. Vincent Road, Tain, but there was no permanent place of worship in the town.

From 1982, negotiations took place for the acquiring of a plot of land nearby and on 10th October 1985 Bishop Mario Conti was present to bless a foundation stone and mark the beginning of the construction of a new church. On 6th June 1986 the completed building was ready and the Bishop officially opened it on 23rd September with a service of consecration.

The design included a free-standing campanile (bell tower) and the bell was donated by a church in Germany. It was transported to the port at Invergordon by the R.A.F. on the initiative of a parishioner. The building includes a small hall that can become part of the church, and an adjoining presbytery. The church and hall can seat 200, and more with extra seating.