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World’s First PhD on “Apostle of the Poor” Brother Walfrid Announced

The world’s first PhD on Brother Walfrid starts today (Sunday 1 October) as part of a wider campaign to raise understanding and awareness of the Celtic founder’s life and works.

Walfrid – a Marist Brother – founded Celtic F.C. in 1887 to alleviate poverty among Irish immigrants in Glasgow’s east end.

It is hoped the PhD will increase knowledge regarding his significance to the lives of thousands of Irish immigrant Catholics in late 19th century Glasgow, while scrutinising his legacy for 21st-century Scotland.

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Why I Commissioned a PhD in Celtic Founder Brother Walfrid

We’re here. It’s launch week. Getting to this point’s been a labour of love, but I do believe it’s one of the most important things I’ve done in my life. Namely, kicking off a campaign (and PhD) to raise awareness of a great man’s (Brother Walfrid’s) contribution to our nation, particularly the cultural identities of

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