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Pilgrimage and the ‘compass of the heart’

The newly revamped Altóir Cholmcille, accessible again after recent storm damage, is at the heart of the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality & Culture’s pilgrimage out to Inis Mór on the feast of Colm Cille, Friday 9th June.

The day is the third in a mini-series on pilgrimage connecting aimed at connecting people with Gaelic Christian roots and spirituality. It’s organised by the Centre with Pádraigín Clancy, a well-known specialist in this area, who lives out on Inis Mór and open to anyone with an interest in this theme.

The mini-series itself consists of two evenings on Thursday 25th & Tuesday 30th May, which will help participants discover the spirit of pilgrimage and how it speaks to them in the Irish tradition, before experiencing it with their own feet out on Inis Mór on Friday 9th June.

‘’Pilgrimages are very practical’, says the Centre’s Coordinator Moira McDowall. ‘’They involve doing something, going on a journey with others, taking time out to think about things that are important to us. They have been described as ‘a guide to the compass of the heart’ so we’ll be having a check-up on what our hearts are telling us!’

‘It’s normal to do some preparation before you set off on a journey’, adds Peggy Feely, who has booked in for the series. ‘There’s a spring in your step when you travel with others, and it’s great fun as well!’

If you are interested in joing the pilgrimage please note that booking is essential by Monday 22nd May and you can Email: jesuitcentregalway@gmail.com or phone Amy Hallett Cusack on  091 725363 or 086 877 6537.