Icons, Chant & Symbolism

2nd-6th August 2010

The primary aim of this course is to foster spiritual growth and a sense of the symbolic in our lives and thereby open our eyes and ears to new ways of seeing and hearing. It aims to develop a liturgical vision of reality with transforming consequences for spiritual growth and our engagement with the world.

It will do this by exploring Liturgy and Symbolism using the Glenstal icons, chant, and cinema as ways to connect with a forgotten world. The course will also lead participants to a greater appreciation of worship as the source and summit of the Christian life.

Those attending the course will join in the liturgy of the monastic community and participate in seminars aimed at understanding the meaning contained in ritual and symbolism.

Course Directors: Noirin Ni Rian, Mark Patrick Hederman, Gregory Collins, Simon Sleeman.

This course is part of the Certificate in Theology and Religious Studies offered by M.I.C. 6 ECTS credits are awarded for this course.


€350 for course and lunch each day.

Limited accommodation available in the monastery guesthouse (all rooms en suite).

If you wish to register for this course or get further information please email