TOUR PACKAGE INCLUDES
7 nights accommodation
Modern luxury coach and all admission fees
After Patrick’s extraordinary missionary effort in the 5th century, Christianity thrived in Ireland, taking on a distinct flavour because of its isolation from the rest of Christendom. Intentional Christian communities - monasteries for both men and women – sprouted up all over Ireland and thrived as centres of spiritual growth, scriptural study, artistic expression, self-sustaining agriculture, and hospitality to the vulnerable of society. Though destroyed by Viking raids in the 10th and 11th centuries, their legacy lives on and continues to inspire us today in what we call “Celtic Spirituality.” The prayers, poetry, stories, wisdom, illuminated manuscripts, high crosses, and beautiful artistry that survive today give us insight into the rich, creative faith of Celtic Christians. The “Creative Faith” pilgrimage will allow you to enter into the world of these Celtic Christians and find inspiration for your own faith journey today, revitalizing your own creative expression of faith through prayer, creative writing, art, music, and social action.
Pilgrimage Director - Rev. Kiran Young Wimberly
Rev. Kiran Young Wimberly is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA)minister and has worked as the Pilgrimage Director with the Centre for Celtic Spirituality in Armagh, Northern Ireland, linking international pilgrims with Celtic Christian heritage and reconciliation work through pilgrimages, retreats, sabbaticals, and study tours. She accompanies groups on their journeys as a practical and spiritual guide, offering insight from the Celtic Christian tradition, pastoral support, daily worship and theological reflection to help pilgrims get the most out of their experience and apply learnings to their daily lives. Kiran was trained at Princeton Theological Seminary, has served in congregational ministry, and has two young children.
Arrive at Dublin Airport in a.m. Meet private coach, drive to Trinity College Dublin to see the Book of Kells, then travel to our accommodation at Emmaus Retreat and Conference Centre.Evening: welcome, introduction to pilgrimage program.
Visit the 9th c. monastic city of Glendalough to learn about St Kevin’s monastic community and have time for prayer and reflection in this ancient, sacred place with Fr Michael Rogers. Evening: group worship and reflection on the day, followed by free time and early to bed.
Celtic Christian Spirituality
Day on Celtic Christian Spirituality led by Dr. Johnston McMaster. Time for personal reflection, group worship and reflection, walking the countryside, a workshop on Celtic Prayer, and creative artistic expression will be scattered throughout the day.
Newgrange, Monasterboice &Armagh
Visit the pre-Christian, megalithic site Newgrange and the Celtic Crosses of Monasterboice to witness ancient expressions of spiritual creativity. Travel to accommodation in Armagh.
Armagh, Stangford Lough, Belfast
Sunday morning worship in the Church of Ireland Cathedral. Follow in the footsteps of St Patrick, who through his creative interpretation of the Christian faith did much to ignite the flame of Christianty in Ireland. Visit the beautiful area of Strangford Lough area, including the St Patrick’s Centre, Downpatrick Cathedral, and Saul Church. Accommodation at Belfast hotel. Evening: attend an evening worship service of your choice or free time to explore the city centre.
Belfast & Corrymeela
Morning: tour of Belfast. Afternoon: hear from grassroots organizations about creative efforts towards Peace and Reconciliation in Northern Ireland today. Late afternoon: Travel up the North Coast via the Giant’s Causeway, one of the great natural wonders of Ireland to new accommodation at the Corrymeela Community. Evening: group reflections, free time to explore Ballycastle, and worship with the Corrymeela Community at 9pm.
Morning worship at 9am, followed by a program on creative praxis led by Corrymeela staff : how our spirituality is lived out creatively in a world where there is still a great need for reconciliation and peace-building. After lunch: final discussions and closing Celtic Eucharist. Late afternoon: return to accommodation in Belfast. Concluding dinner with members of the Centre for Celtic Spirituality, evaluation, and goodbyes.
Day of Departure
Travel to Belfast International/City Airport or Dublin Airport for departure.
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