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Glenstal Summer School 2012

Celtic Monasticism: the Irish Tradition A.D. 400-1200

Monday, 16 – Friday, 20 July

Early Irish Monasticism exercises a fascination for many modern people, believers and unbelievers alike. This course explores key aspects of the Irish monastic tradition between the fifth and the eleventh centuries. Starting with the belief systems of the ancient Celts, it shows how these interacted with Christianity to produce a tradition that was both distinct from and yet part of the western monastic tradition. The course also examines the liturgy, music, art and architecture of the early Irish church and field trips to sites of monastic and historic interest form a major component. It concludes with an assessment of the impact of the Vikings on medieval Irish church and society and of the emergence of Irish Benedictine communities at home and abroad.

The course is taught by the Monks of Glenstal Abbey and by guest lecturers.

Cost & Enrolment

The course costs €500 which includes supper on Monday and lunch and supper on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The course commences at 4pm on Monday and concludes at noon on Friday. To register for this course or to receive further information email us at events@glenstal.org or call 061 621005.

Irish Christianity: The Late Medieval Tradition 1100-1540

Monday, 6 — Friday, 10 August

The church reforms of the twelfth century and the coming of the Normans in 1169 introduced elements that have shaped and divided Irish church and society to the present day. This course examines the effect of these developments on the lives of Christians in late medieval Ireland. Starting with the reforming synods of the twelfth century it explores the emergence of reformed monasticism, the coming of the Normans, the emergence of dioceses and parishes and the arrival of the mendicant friars. It also assesses the impact of racial tension, war, pestilence and famine on the Irish church and concludes with an analysis of the effects of the Tudor Reformation in Ireland. Particular attention is paid to the spirituality, music, art and architecture of the period and field trips to various historic sites form an integral part of the programme.

The course is taught by the monks of Glenstal Abbey and by guest lecturers.

Cost & Enrolment

The course costs €500 which includes supper on Monday and lunch and supper on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. The course commences at 4pm on Monday and concludes at noon on Friday. To register for this course or to receive further information email us at events@glenstal.org or call 061 621005.

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