In Her Likeness: Saint Brigid of the Isles
An Afternoon of Celtic Prayer and Tradition Honoring the Feast of St. Brigid of Kildare with Mary C. Daly, R.S.M. and Debra Brown-Norko
Friday, January 31, 2020 begins with lunch at noon followed by a 1-4:30 p.m. program
Painting by John Duncan, 1913
“I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all.” - St. Brigid of Kildare (451 - 523)
Brigid, a beloved leader within the early Celtic Christian Church, is patron saint of Ireland with Saint Patrick and Saint Columba. She is fondly remembered for her miraculous deeds and her immense generosity and kindness. Beginning as a young child, Brigid had compassion for the poor and gave food and clothing to the needy. She was blessed with holy courage to do what was right for others despite repercussion. As she was known to say, “Christ is in the body of every poor man.”
We will explore some of the history and lore of this remarkable woman and consider how her extraordinary kindness speaks to us today in a world fraught with divisiveness, violence, incivility and hatred. How might we emulate Saint Brigid’s loving kindness and recognize Christ in all? We will also partake of some of the traditions that are associated with this special feast day. Our time together will include lunch, music, prayer, conversation and silent reflection.
The afternoon will begin with noon lunch in the McAuley Dining Room and will conclude at 4:30 p.m. At no additional cost, attendees will have the option to participate in the first of eight Celtic Prayer Circles planned for 2020 that will celebrate the eight Celtic seasons – their energies, individual qualities and significance. From 5 – 6 p.m. in Lyons Chapel, participants may choose to attend the celebration of “Imbolc” that marks returning light, the re-awakening energy of spring and honors Saint Brigid. Tea and cookies will be served afterward.
Mary C. Daly, R.S.M, is a Sister of Mercy, an artist and theologian experienced in spiritual direction and retreat work. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Religious Studies from Marquette University.
Debra Brown-Norko, M.D., is a retired pediatrician who is currently a student at Yale Divinity School. She has discovered new understandings of our Creator God and ways of prayer from attending John Philip Newell’s School of Celtic Consciousness held annually at Mercy by the Sea.
Friday 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM|
Mary C. Daly, R.S.M.|
Debra Brown-Norko, MD