Christendom College

St. Columcille Institute | 3-Week Summer Program in Donegal, Ireland

Become a leader in the
New Evangelization.

3 WEEKS |  6 CREDITS

CULTURE.

Experience your Catholic heritage and the ancient Christian roots of Ireland. Visit the sites of great people and historical events that formed the country, and directly influenced Western Christian civilization.

CATHOLIC.

Through daily classroom discussions and lectures deepen your faith alongside young adults who share a love for the Church and the New Evangelization, and for building a culture of life.

CONNECT.

Meet students from across the United States and Ireland who are like minded and ready for adventure. Build new friendships, and enjoy sporting and fun activities together – including climbing Croagh Patrick, viewing the Bunglass Cliffs, and more!

In its fifth year, The St. Columcille Institute will be held for three weeks in the north of Ireland, in Donegal, from July 20 to August 12, 2018. The program will seek to strengthen the faith and deepen the understanding of young Catholic leaders through a thorough catechesis, ensuring that participants develop the ability both to evangelize and defend the Faith within secular society. Participants will also examine the patrimony of Western Christian Civilization through an in-depth study of history and literature.

The Institute invites the youth* of both the United States and Ireland to experience an awareness of the spiritual depth of the Catholic culture of Ireland that has enriched and determined much of the history of Europe, the United States, and the world. With its Gaelic roots, Ireland remains the culturally dominant English-speaking Catholic civilization in the world. Bringing young people together from the United States and Ireland will occasion fruitful dialogue and an exchange of ideas and experiences, reawakening a love of our mutual heritage and energizing a determined hope for a revival of Christian faith and culture.

*Participants must be at least 18 years old by the first day of the Institute.

PURPOSE
The St. Columcille Institute promotes the New Evangelization called for by Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis by forming both lay and clerical leaders and equipping them with the tools needed to engage the culture and bring the Faith to our modern world.

  • The program seeks to strengthen the faith and deepen the understanding of young Catholic leaders through a thorough catechesis, ensuring that participants develop the ability both to evangelize and defend the Faith within secular society. The Institute responds to the exhortation of St. Peter, “To be always ready with a reason for the hope that is within you.” (1 Peter 3:15)
  • Secondly, the Institute examines the patrimony of Western Christian Civilization through an in-depth study of the early foundations of Christendom, highlighting the Irish contribution, with its deep Roman roots, and noting the successful evangelization of Europe through Ireland’s historically vibrant Christian culture.
  • Supplementing intellectual formation, in a bold effort to celebrate the Christian imagination, the Institute explores the fundamental truths of reality and the problems encountered in living the Faith by means of great works of literature and art.
  • Finally, in order to satisfy the human need for community and leisure, the Institute provides an atmosphere that fosters true friendship, festivity, and recreation and that nurtures the whole person, mind, body, and soul.
  • For more information on the evangelization of Europe and Ireland, see Blessed John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation, Ecclesia in Europa. We recommend the entire document, but especially these paragraphs: 45, 47, 50, 61, 62, 64, 108, 124, and his final prayer at 125.
PHOTOS

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LOCATION & COST

The Institute is located at Ards Friary, Donegal, in a spectacular part of the northwest of Ireland where local traditions and Irish culture remain strong and vibrant. Ards Friary (the home of St. Columcille himself), is owned by the Capuchin Friars and includes over 200 acres of lovely countryside and a commanding view of the ocean, bay, and surrounding beaches. Situated away from the chaos and noise of modern urban living, the site offers participants opportunity to experience, in an intimate way, wonder at God’s creation, amidst the power and order in nature. Ample opportunity to pray and reflect deeply upon that which is permanent—the true, the good, and the beautiful—will reinforce the riches gleaned in the classroom.

Cost

  • Irish Students: €1,500 ARDS ONLY PACKAGE
    Includes price of the courses, room and board, three full meals per day, all excursions in Donegal
  • American Students: $3750 FULL TRAVEL PACKAGE INCLUDING AIRFARE
    Includes price of the courses, room and board, three full meals per day, all excursions in Donegal and Dublin, round-trip airfare from the USA.

FACULTY
 tod Dr. Timothy O’DonnellDr. O’Donnell received his early education at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, California, where he graduated with B.A. degrees in Philosophy and History. He continued there, achieving the M.A. in Church History. He completed his academic pursuits at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Angelicum), where he was the first layman to receive a doctorate in Ascetical and Mystical Theology. Dr. O’Donnell is the President of Christendom College, a four-year, Roman Catholic, liberal arts college with a graduate program in theological studies.
 brendan-mcguire_8355  Dr. Brendan McGuireDr. McGuire specializes in the study of medieval Christianity; his scholarly research has focused on a variety of issues related to the Church in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Dr. McGuire received his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, and has been a member of Christendom’s history faculty since 2007. He resides in Front Royal with his wife Susan and their three children.
 hickson-024 Prof. Sharon Mahoney HicksonProf. Hickson attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY, and completed her Master’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been involved with Christendom since its inception and has been teaching in the Language and Literature Department since 2004. She has also been greatly involved with student formation, leading discussion groups, giving talks, and encouraging fellowship by hosting student events.
lovett Dr. Seàn-Patrick LovettDr. Lovett, Vatican Radio’s director of English language programming, is a professor of Communications at the Pontifical Gregorian University. A native of South Africa, Lovett received his education at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and the National Academy in Rome.
 Spiritual Formation
 fr-mark_0902 Fr. Mark Byrne, SOLT; ChaplainFr. Mark is from Dublin and is a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from University College, Dublin, he received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research at the University of Kansas. Following ordination, he completed his formal education at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (Angelicum) with an S.T.D. in spiritual theology, writing on the Divine Pedagogy, and John Paul II’s vision for education for a New Evangelization.
ITINERARY

The program will be conducted at Ards Friary from July 21 through August 9, 2017.

July 20: Depart from Washington-Dulles Airport
July 21: Arrive at Ards, Co. Donegal.
August 9: Leave Ards for overnight in Knock.
August 11: Depart Knock for Dublin.
August 11: Explore the riches of Dublin.
August 12: Return to the United States.

Other Travel
In addition to the classes, proposed excursions in the afternoons and on the weekends throughout Donegal may include the following:
Visiting scenic and historic Glen Columcille
Climbing Muckish Mountain
Hiking in the Blue Stack Mountains
Visiting the historical Donegal Castle and Monastery
Visiting the ancient King’s Residence and sun temple of Grianan of Aileach
Visiting the spectacular cliffs of Bunglass, the tallest sea cliffs in Europe
Touring historic Doe Castle and Loch Swilly
Visiting Loch Garten, the birthplace of St. Columcille
Celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Doone Mass Rock and Holy Well.
Journeying to County Mayo and Croagh Patrick
Visiting the site of Our Lady’s apparition at Knock (with Mass)
Visiting Derry, Tory Island, Ballintubber Abbey, and St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenney

OUR PATRON
St. Columcille (also known as St. Columba) was born in County Donegal in 521 and died on the Island of Iona in 597. One of the intellectual giants of his age, he was raised and educated by a priest close to his family. After being trained in the school of Christian asceticism and monasticism, Columcille founded a number of monasteries, including the famous Monastery of Derry in 548. In 563, he left Ireland with twelve companions and sailed for the Island of Iona, where he erected a monastery and began his great mission to Scotland. Iona became a thriving center of the monastic culture that dominated the northwest for centuries. Columcille, a voluntary exile for Christ, returned to Ireland only once in 575 to attend the convention of Ulster of Drumceatt, where his intervention saved the bards and poets of Ireland from banishment. A man of deep faith, great culture, and charity, his life has been recorded for us in the Vita San Columba, written by St. Adomnan. St. Columcille was one of the great lights of the early Middle Ages and one of the great missionary evangelists in the history of the Catholic Church. We are proud to claim him as our special patron.

“Ireland offers the kind of passion and peace you just can’t find anywhere else. Nearly every day was an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

Hannah Rainey

Program Participant

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