England: Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Hello from Lindisfarne, another “thin place” for early Celtic Christian monks. Saint Aidan: The holy island of Lindisfarne Around A.D. 635, the Irish monk St. Aidan and his followers founded a monastery on Lindisfarne, now in ruins. He had come from Iona off the west coast of Scotland to evangelize …

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England: Alnwick Castle

Hello from Northumbria in England! Today we will visit the second largest still inhabited castle in Britain – Alnwick Castle. The 1000 year old Alnwick castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in England. It has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percy’s, for over 700 …

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Kenneth Steven and Iona

I would like to dedicate this post to our friend from Iona, who made our stay on the island even more special – Kenneth Steven. Not only he is a modern Scottish poet and novelist, he is an amazing human being who is trying to make the world a better …

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Iona and Celtic Christianity

“An I mo chridhe, I mo ghraidh. – In Iona that is my heart’s desire, Iona that is my love.” – Saint Columba You cannot talk about Iona without talking about Celtic Christianity. For Celtic Christians in the early centuries, Iona was a “thin place.” According to them, some places …

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Scotland: Iona Island

Hello everyone, I would like to invite you to visit a very special place in Scotland called Iona. To get there we took a ferry from the town of Oban to Craignure, Isle of Mull. Then we drove across Isle of Mull to Fionnphort and finally, we took another ferry …

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One day in Belfast

We began our day in Belfast with a very interesting and powerful tour of two neighbourhoods, very hostile to each other. Our first tour was with Robert from the Protestant community around the Shankill Road. The Shankill is the blue-collar Protestant heartland in the west Belfast, the Falls Road its …

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Ireland: high crosses and a round tower

The main reason why we travel to Ireland and Scotland this year is to study Celtic Christianity and Spirituality. Today, we had a chance to visit one of many medieval monasteries in Ireland. The information posted above provides a good explanation about this place. The two high crosses are very …

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Our amazing Dublin

I must say that I truly enjoy being in Dublin. It is a charming city. The old part is easy to visit if you enjoy walking. The distances are reasonable. Yesterday, we discovered a very interesting and elegant shopping centre, near the Castle – The Powerscourt Centre.   Powerscourt Centre …

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Back in Dublin

I would like to begin with saying hello to the group of my amazing colleagues and friends from St. Ursula Catholic school in Toronto, who organized a wonderful retirement party for me in June this year. The theme of the party was adventure and traveling, here is the cake: And …

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