A Perspective on the Peacemaking Retreat

I know a lot of folks have asked me to post on the Celtic Spirituality, Contemplation and Peacemaking retreat that took place in Northern Ireland last month. And I'm sorry that I've done nothing more than upload a few photographs. To be honest, I've been engaged in an exciting project that I'm not quite at liberty to mention on my blog just yet. Let's just say it involves my next book, and if all goes as hoped, it will be published in the very near future. More details to come as soon as I am … [Read more...]

Chants from the Benedictine Monks of Rostrevor

When I was in Northern Ireland, I stayed at a retreat center in Rostrevor, in County Down. Just four miles down the road is Holy Cross Monastery, which according to its website is the first new Benedictine monastery in Ireland since the twelfth century! It was established in 1998, and currently is home to six monks. I attended lauds there one morning, and mass on Sunday; nearly all the locals who spoke of the monastery mentioned that the monks sang beautifully, and indeed they were … [Read more...]

Photos from Northern Ireland

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 more shots to share with you in the future. But for now, here are a few images from a most remarkable week. … [Read more...]


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