Posts tagged with ‘Ireland’

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Patricia Monaghan 1946-2012

by Carl McColman
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I am sad to note the passing of Patricia Monaghan, who died yesterday after living with cancer. Pat wrote the foreword for my Complete Idiot’s Guide to Celtic Wisdom. She also was very supportive behind the scenes, introducing me to several fascinating people in Ireland who helped me with my research into Celtic spirituality, whether […]

Photos from Northern Ireland

by Carl McColman

The only camera I had with me on my recent trip to Northern Ireland was my iPhone camera. So I didn’t take a lot of pictures, and the ones I did take will hardly win any awards. Eventually the various retreatants are going to be swapping photos amongst ourselves, so hopefully I’ll have a few […]

Off to Ireland

by Carl McColman

Well, dear friends, today I pack my bags and tie up a few loose ends around the house. I’ll go visit my dad this afternoon and go to mass tonight. Tomorrow I board a plane to Newark where I’ll catch a direct flight to Belfast. I arrive in Northern Ireland on Monday to join Gareth […]

What I’m reading to prepare for the Northern Ireland Retreat

by Carl McColman

Several books are on my bedside table right now, as I reflect on the spirituality and political history of Northern Ireland (and Ireland in general) in advance of the Contemplative Spirituality and Radical Activism immersion experience coming up in August. First, to deepen my sense of Irish history (particularly in relation to the politics of […]

Someone who WON’T be going to Northern Ireland in August…

by Carl McColman

Here is a little “friend” we discovered in the woods behind the Abbey Store at the monastery where I work. Needless to say, Saint Patrick is not in Georgia. This, of course, is a black snake, who helps to control the population of field mice throughout the largely wooded grounds of the monastery — so […]

Itinerary for Northern Ireland Retreat

by Carl McColman

Here is a tentative outline for the Contemplative Spirituality and Social Activism Retreat to take place in Northern Ireland this August. While some of the details are still subject to change, this will give you an idea of just how special this week is going to be. Remember, there are just a few openings left […]