Hilary and Monica have been facilitating this special Celtic Pilgrimage since 2003. As well conducting the pilgrimage annually they minister in schools, parishes and communities. In their unique presentations they offer children and adults alike an opportunity and a space to reflect on their journey and to engage with their God. Their sensitive and creative use of music, mime, sacred clowning, storytelling and ritual enables individuals, groups and communities to come in touch with and to celebrate the sacred in their lives.
Hilary Musgrave, from Tramore, County Waterford in Ireland, is a former Teacher, Principal and Religious Education Advisor in the Dublin Diocese. She received her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality from Boston College, and works extensively in the area of Creative Spirituality through sacred clowning, story-telling and facilitation, throughout Ireland, as well as Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Hilary was the subject of the highly acclaimed Would You Believe RTE TV Program, ‘A Clown’s Story’. Her recent book “Listen Here God” has touched and warmed the hearts of many.
Monica Brown, from Sydney Australia, is director of Emmaus Productions and is an internationally acclaimed Christian composer and workshop facilitator. Monica works frequently in Ireland and the UK as well as Canada, the USA and New Zealand, in the areas of spirituality, liturgy and religious education and the integration of the arts. She has been awarded a Masters Honours Degree in Education from the Australian Catholic University, having completed her thesis on spiritual development and the integration of creative process. Her music for children, youth and adults is widely used in communities, schools, parishes and retreat centres, and is touching the hearts of people throughout the world. Visit www.emmausproductions.com
Phil O’Neill, a grandmother and native of Wexford.
Imelda Barry, a Brigidine Sister, and a native of Dublin.
Mary Teresa McCormack, holds an MA in theology, an MA in Culture and Spirituality and has studied Sacred Dance receiving a Speciality Certificate from the College of Arts, Religion and Education in Berkeley, California. She facilitates workshops on Ecological Spirituality and Healing Movement and meditation. Visit www.iontas.net
Niamh Brennan (MA Development Studies; MA Culture and Spirituality) is a writer and workshop facilitator in the area of cosmology and spirituality. She is co-author with Greg Morter of the e-book The Universe Story in Science and Myth for Green Spirit. She has contributed to several journals including The Furrow, Spirituality, the IMU Report and the Emmaus website. She has written and presented workshops on Advent A Time of Becoming ; Lent When the Small Self dies into the Larger Self ; Darkness, Time and Creativity and Emergent Spirituality in light of our Cosmic Story all based on the new cosmology. She has worked for a number of years in the Philippines with the Society of St. Columban. She is currently pursuing her Phd on The Universe Story in its Theological and Anthropological Reception.
Mary Minihan and Phil O’Shea, are members of the Brigidine Community and founding members of the Solas Bhride Centre, Kildare. This centre has as its focus St Brigid and Celtic Spirituality and will offer us an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of St Brigid, to hear about her life and stories and take time to reflect on how she speak to our lives today. Visit www.solasbhride.ie
Local Musicians, Singers, Story Tellers and Dancers, will join us on some evenings in Teach Bhride and will entertain and involve us in Celtic song, story, music and dance.
John O’ Donohue