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On the Wings of the Dove: A Celtic pilgrimage to Iona and Lindisfarne

11.30.17 | News, Office of the Dean

On the Wings of the Dove: A Celtic pilgrimage to Iona and Lindisfarne

    In A.D. 563, St. Columba set sail from Ireland in a small coracle boat with twelve fellow monks and landed on the southern shore of the Isle of Iona, in the remote Hebrides Islands of Scotland. There, St. Columba established his storied monastery, from which Celtic Christianity would eventually spread across the neck of Scotland to another holy island, Lindisfarne in Northumbria. The Celtic Christian tradition, with its emphasis on grace, nature, egalitarianism between women and men, thrived for more than a century in Scotland and northern England until the Synod of Whitby in A.D. 664. After that, the Roman brand of Christianity held sway, as the Celtic tradition retreated to its strongholds on Iona and Ireland, where its light continued to shine for centuries more.

    June 9–19, 2019, Dean Barkley Thompson will lead a Cathedral pilgrimage along the route from Iona to Lindisfarne, including time in Edinburgh, Durham, and York. Co-leading the pilgrimage will be Cathedral friend and Church of Ireland priest Marcus Losack. St. Columba’s Irish name was “Columcille,” which means “Dove of the Church.” We will follow on the wings of the Dove and experience the beauty, mystery, and sacredness of Scotland and northern England as we learn about the ancient Celtic way of being Christian.

    The pilgrimage will be limited to 25 participants. The cost, not including airfare, is $3,350. There is an $800 supplement for a single room. Dean Thompson will host an information session on Sunday, December 10, at 1 p.m. in the McGehee Conference Room. Attendance at the information session is required prior to reserving a spot. Reservation deposits will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, December 11, on a first come, first served basis.