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Blessed Are the Merciful : Magnus McFarlane-Barrow of Mary's Meals

  • Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre Bailrigg Lane Lancaster, LA1 4XP United Kingdom (map)

The Shed that Fed A Million : Creating a Culture of Mercy

Join us Wednesday 2nd February 2016 for the first in our series of four talks given for the Year of Mercy.  

Magnus McFarlane-Barrow OBE is the CEO and Founder of Mary's Meals. 

Magnus has lived in Argyll, Scotland, since the age of nine and began his career as a fish farmer. However, when the Bosnian conflict was making headlines in the early 1990s, Magnus and his brother Fergus were moved to help. 

He was named one of 2010's ‘Top 10 Heroes’ by broadcaster CNN and received an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours list. In April of 2015 he was named as one of the 100 Most Influential people by TIME Magazine.  Magnus has also been awarded Honorary Degrees by the University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Hull.

Before Mary’s Meals, Magnus played shinty for Glenorchy Camanachd Club and was capped four times by Scotland at senior international level.

Magnus is married to Julie, a trained nurse from Inverness. She became his co-driver on some of the first deliveries of aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1993, and has been devoted to the charity ever since. They live in Dalmally with their seven children.


Earlier Event: November 18
Soulfood Faith Formation Group
Later Event: February 17
Year of Mercy Lecture: Lord Alton