Revd Kenny Macaulay
I am a 62 year old priest, having served all my 39 years of ministry in the Scottish Episcopal Church. In 2001, I became the Rector of St Augustine’s, Dumbarton and more recently, I have also taken over the post of Rector at St Mungo’s Alexandria too! I have served in really interesting places throughout my ministry, such as Possilpark, Glenrothes, and Shettleston, The Cathedral in the West End of Glasgow, Kings Park and Castlemilk. I also got to be Prison Chaplain in Barlinnie for a year!
Being an avid Partick Thistle supporter, I am well used to the many ups and downs of life! It is not known why Thistle supporters become supporters, it’s in the genes they say, but it makes for an interesting life, and it sure is character building!
I discovered Cursillo in 2002, and I would recommend this renewal movement to any Episcopalian who takes their faith seriously, but enjoys fun, laughter, and a good sing!! I guess Cursillo is the Church’s equivalent of Football’s “Lunatic Fringe”!!! I have been back for other sessions at weekends as a Spiritual Advisor for others.
I have a special interest in recovery from addiction and 12 Step programmes. Life is fun today, and full of new adventures. I want it to stay that way!
I have many friends, but very few close friends! My son, Graham, (32 now), is a rather independent and successful young man, and someone I am rather proud of! He has grown into a well-adjusted, level-headed young guy in spite of his up-bringing! Married to Angela, he’s working now as a Quantity Surveyor, earns more than I do, and has graduated BSc (Hons) from Glasgow’s Caledonian University! He and Angela have provided me with two grandchildren, Hailey and Ewan, who are my pride and joy.
I was remarried to Linda, on October 22nd 2005, and am now happy, at last, with first of all a Soul Friend, and someone who can just about put up with my moodiness!
We are the proud owners of Peanut, a cute and lively King Charles/ Cavalier Spaniel, (her brother Toastie died in 2010), and a rather beautiful feline, Truffle, whom I refer to as the Silent Assassin! Archie, aka The Special One, is a rather large, biddable and sloppy Golden Retriever who was “rescued”, and is now settling into our family! Another cat with a history of neglect and abuse has also joined our little family. She’s called Sushi, or WC, “Wee Cat or “Wild Cat” depending on how she’s behaving, but is learning slowly how to be part of a pack! They are just wonderful, and light up everyone’s life!
Life is lived on a day-to-day basis, as well as I can do that, with gratitude for what I have, and it’s taken as it comes. I have learned to enjoy, or overcome, most things that come my way, and I no longer try to control anyone, or change everyone. Futile attempts in the past have taught me salient lessons.
I enjoy stirring up debate, making mischief, and watching other people’s reactions! Home computing had come into my life in a big way, and I have no idea what I would do without my PC! All my skills are self-taught, and many catastrophic mistakes have been made, but today I struggle with the speed of change and adapting to new ways of doing things! I am merely a human male who has no obvious need for instruction books or boring courses!
Having finished my training for the priesthood, I was licensed to St Mungo’s and St Augustine’s in October 2014. Since then I think it is fair to say that life has taken off in a big way and my feet have not touched the floor – it’s a good thing I like to be busy! I still live in Skelmorlie (which is 25 miles away) because my children are settled and taking exams at a school in Largs and I felt it was unfair to uproot them once I had a job so far from home. I am part-time (supposedly!) and I have got used to the journey up the road – my car could probably drive itself by now!
In a previous life I was a Primary School teacher in Solihull, Birmingham and still enjoy the company of children and the joy of helping others to learn. I am married to Phil, a very laid back and easy going Irish-man who supports Liverpool Football Club and has taught himself the guitar! My eldest son, David, has just started University, studying Astro-Physics (as you do!) and is experiencing the steep learning curve of cooking, washing and looking after himself. Michael is taking Highers and is hopefully heading for Uni to study Computing. Ruth is still at an age when she can have a social life which is the envy of her mother as she dreams of what might be in the future!
When I’m not working I can be found in the garden, weeding, planting and generally wasting time. I love to have a laugh and am easily amused, usually having a smile on my face and being naturally sunny-natured. I have good friends in Scotland and enjoy catching up over tea and a scone – but still make the effort to keep up with those I left in Birmingham and Oxford 14 years ago! I also sing and constantly have some tune or other in my head, often listening to music instead of watching TV. I enjoy every day to the full – working hard and playing hard!