Falkirk and Grangemouth churches welcome new preachers in time for Christmas

Father Jamie Boyle is the parish priest at St Francis Xavier Church.
Father Jamie Boyle is the parish priest at St Francis Xavier Church.

A couple of new faces have graced the pulpits of two churches in the district in recent weeks.

Father Jamie Boyle and the Rev. Alison Meikle were both welcomed by their respective flocks this December as they took up their new posts. Fr Boyle is now parish priest at St Francis Xavier RC Church in the town’s Hope Street following Monsignor Philip Kerr’s move to Edinburgh.

22-12-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GRANGEMOUTH. Zetland Parish Church. New minister Alison Meikle. Rev Alison Meikle.

22-12-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GRANGEMOUTH. Zetland Parish Church. New minister Alison Meikle. Rev Alison Meikle.

The 44-year-old comes to the parish from churches in West Lothian and is looking forward to settling in and getting to know parishioners.

His remit also covers St Anthony’s in Rumford and St Mary of the Angels in Camelon.

He said: “It’s a big challenge, especially as it is three parishes, but it’s a good challenge. I hope to bring something of myself and build on the work of my predecessor.”

Fr Boyle is originally from Rosyth and spent 10 years working in Edinburgh for a vending company before studying for the priesthood in Bearsden at the age of 27.

He was ordained in 2003, and served at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Bannockburn and Cowie and Whitburn and Armadale.

Mrs Meikle (51) hails from Lanarkshire and was the minister at rural St Nicholas Church in Lanark for 12 years before taking up her new position at Zetland Parish Church in Grangemouth.

She has been married to husband Hugh (68) for 25 years and the couple have a 22-year-old son, Ewan.

She said: “It just felt like the right time to move – you can’t really explain God’s calling. Even before I met anyone here, I knew it just felt right. The people in the church are very friendly and so are the people I have met in the town.

“Last Sunday was our Nativity and it was absolutely brilliant. I was very impressed by the youngsters and the teachers and the work they put in. Now I’m just settling in and finding out what the people want to do in the future and where we can go with God’s guidance.”