A Year Focus on Celtic Spirituality

October 2012 to October 2013

John Philip Newell: A New Harmony - October 29-30, 2013

John Philip Newell, poet, peacemaker, scholar, and teacher, is a noted voice for spiritual renewal across all borders. He is the former warden of Iona Abbey, Scotland and co-founder of Salva Terra: A Vision Towards Earth’s Healing. He will address how more than ever before in the history of humanity, we are becoming aware of the interrelatedness of life.

The question is whether we will translate this emerging consciousness into transformative action so that we and the world may be well. Newell is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books.

St. Brigid’s Day - February 1 and 2, 2013

Nóirín Ní Riain, Irish musician and theologian
Born in Caherconlish in County Limerick, Nóirín (pronounced “Noreen”) studied music at University College, Cork. She later gained an M.A. degree for her research on traditional religious song in Irish. This research inspired recordings with the Benedictine monks of Glenstal Abbey, books, articles, and recordings on women's songs and the religious song tradition in Ireland. Nóirín Ní Riain has a voice that has been described as purely heavenly. Her music is angelic ... lifting the listener up on a cloud that is truly divine.

We welcome back Nóirín’s two sons, Eoin (Owen) and Moley Ó Súilleabháin of Size2Shoes. The brothers sing and play several different types of music, from traditional Irish and spiritual song to ultra-modern original pop songs. The immense musical heritage of the Ó Súilleabháin brothers shines through in the power of the musicianship and their ability to weave stories in song.

Who Really Was St. Patrick? - March 13, 2013

Marcus Losack, poet, author, Anglican priest, and Celtic scholar
Losack is a graduate in theology from Christ's College, Cambridge, and the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. He served as senior lecturer and course director at St. George's College in Jerusalem, where he arranged pilgrimages to the ancient desert monasteries of Egypt and Sinai and historic sites in the Holy Land. Marcus is the founder and Executive Director of Ceile De, an ecumenical organization in Ireland, leading pilgrimages to Celtic holy places in Brittany, Ireland, and England. After extensive research on the early life of St. Patrick, he recently published two books on the possible location of St. Patrick's homeland, which has never been completely verified: Rediscovering Saint Patrick and Saint Patrick and the Bloodline of the Grail. He is a popular speaker and Celtic spirituality expert in Ireland and the British Isles, as well as U.S.

To Journey as a Pilgrim: A Day Retreat - March 15, 2013

A day of reflection on Celtic spirituality and pilgrimage as a way of life and a spiritual practice. Facilitators: Marcus Losack, founder and executive director of Ceile De, an ecumenical organization in Ireland for study programs and pilgrimages in Celtic spirituality; and Ed Sellner, professor of theology at St. Catherine University and author of numerous books, including Wisdom of the Celtic Saints.