The Centre for Celtic Spirituality is delighted to announce the launch of their new location at the Navan Centre at the ancient site of Emain Macha just outside of the city of Armagh, Northern Ireland. The launch was attended by members of the board, patrons, and the Centre’s staff.
The Rev. Dr. Johnston McMaster spoke about the significance of Celtic Spirituality as a source of inspiration in today’s well, remarking particularly on the importance of “drinking from our own wells,” or receiving nourishment from the rich Christian spiritual heritage of these lands.
Following Dr. McMaster’s address, the Rev. Grace Clunie, Director for the Centre for Celtic Spirituality, thanked the board and the patrons for their support throughout the years leading up to this event, and for their encouragement of the work and ethos of the Centre. Rev. Clunie reported that she is offering sabbaticals and study opportunities this summer to a number of international clergy and lay people from a variety of denominations, and in the autumn will be leading a course on “The Celtic Spirit in Literature,” along with Dr Tess Maginess of Queens Open University, which will be held at the Navan Centre in Armagh.
Along with having use of the Navan Centre’s coffee shop, gift shop, AV theatre, workshop room and outdoor living history exhibit, the Centre for Celtic Spirituality also has a designated library for reading, prayer and reflection. Stocked with books on many aspects of Celtic Spirituality, including theology, prayers, history, and culture, this library will undoubtedly be a valuable resource to many coming from near and far to learn about what the Celtic Christian spiritual heritage to offer to our contemporary world.
We offer a prayer for this new chapter for the Centre for Celtic Spirituality and all who seek enrichment and inspiration in this place:
Bless us, Lord, this day with vision.
May this place be a sacred place,
a telling place,
where heaven and earth meet.
(from Celtic Daily Prayer, p. 290)