THE congregations of St Monans and Largoward churches have said goodbye to their minister, the Rev Dr Donald MacEwan, who has left to take up a new appointment as chaplain of St Andrews University.
They joined with local residents from both East Neuk communities, who attended a farewell party during which Dr MacEwan and his wife, Maya, were presented with gifts and handsome cheques.
Session clerk of the Auld Kirk at St Monans, Nora Gardner, told the Citizen:”We will miss him greatly, but during his 10 years with us we have truly become ‘can do’ folk and so we will continue to enjoy together our worship, our fellowship and our service.”
A graduate of Aberdeen University, Dr MacEwan taught English in Japan for two years before studying for the ministry at Edinburgh University.
He was later appointed to an assistantship in Elgin and this was followed by a further period of study in Dublin.
It was during this time that he met his future wife, Maya, who is an archivist in the St Andrews University Library’s Special Collections Department.
Since 2001 he has been Church of Scotland minister in Largoward and St Monans where he became a popular and respected figure.
In his new appointment he is responsible for worship, pastoral care and managing an ecumenical and multi-faith chaplaincy for the whole university community, both students and staff.
One of the many new tasks facing him will be his involvement in the university’s 600th anniversary celebrations and he will be playing an important role in the religious and chapel-based programme associated with the event and in devising new initiatives for engaging with staff and students as the institution enters its seventh century of service.
As chaplain, he will be assisted by a multi-faith chaplaincy team.
, which he will lead. As well as fostering the religious life of the university, he will work closely with Student Services to co-ordinate particular areas of practical support offered to students.