To Journey As A Pilgrim

Friday, March 15, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Pilgrimage is one of the oldest spiritual traditions, shared by all the great religions of humankind. The practice of pilgrimage has been part of Christian spirituality since after the death of Jesus when the first apostles returned to those places in Galilee associated with his memory. As they fished and ate meals together on the seashore, they learned that he was still very much alive. Pilgrimage was a significant part faith for Christians in the Early Celtic Church. While their ancestors had been known for their wanderlust, traversing over much of the European mainland and the islands surrounding it, Christian Celts embraced pilgrimage as both a way of life and a specific practice.

This day of recollection and of reflection is set aside for those who want to spend more time with this expression of Celtic spirituality, as well as time to discern dimensions of their own sacred journeys. Marcus Losack and Ed Sellner, both leaders of pilgrimages to Celtic lands in Ireland, Scotland, England and Brittany, will discuss such topics as "Pilgrimage, History and Stages," "The Bible, the Desert, and the Celtic Tradition," "Celtic Pilgrimage: A Specific Practice and a Way of Life," and "Celtic Sacred Places in Brittany Associated with St. Patrick." Music and poetry will contribute to the day, with time for personal reflection and group discussion. Copies of the presenters’ books will also be available for those interested.

Marcus Losack is founder and executive director of Ceile De, an ecumenical organization in Ireland for study programs and pilgrimages in Celtic spirituality.  He is the author of three books: Glendalough: A Celtic Pilgrimage, Rediscovering St. Patrick, and Saint Patrick and the Bloodline of the Grail. He travels widely as a visiting lecturer and guest speaker for retreats, seminars and international conferences. Marcus will be preaching at Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 17, for their morning services.

Ed Sellner is professor of theology and spirituality at Saint Catherine University where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and administered pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, and master's degree programs.  He is a popular national and international speaker and retreat leader, and the author of numerous articles and books, including Wisdom of the Celtic Saints, Stories of the Celtic Soul Friends, and his most recent, Finding the Monk Within.

WHEN: Friday, March 15, 8:30am registration, program 9:00am-4:00pm

COST: $75.00, includes lunch