July 26 – August 18, 2019
Become a leader in the
3 WEEKS | 6 CREDITS
In its sixth year, The St. Columcille Institute will be held for three weeks in the north of Ireland, in Donegal, from July 26 to August 18, 2019. 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.
- 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.
LOCATION & 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.
Institute Dean and Professor of Theology
As part of the New Evangelization called for by the Church, this course presents the basic arguments for the credibility of the Catholic Faith and Natural Law. Students will develop cogent arguments for defense to serve as effective means of
persuasion. Topics range from God’s existence and the problem of evil to the historical reality of Jesus Christ and the mystery of the human person at the center of the New Evangelization.
History 501: Ireland and the Western Ethos (2 credits)
With Dr. Brendan McGuire
Professor of History
Among all the nations of Europe, Ireland boasts a unique and stirring history. With due attention to extant literary and archaeological source material, this course seeks to illumine that history, from pre-Christian times through the trauma of early
modernity. The first evangelization of Ireland’s Celtic chieftains, the achievements of her medieval monasteries and missionaries, the connections between Ireland and continental civilization, and the fierce resistance to the Elizabethan settlement will all be important themes. Moreover, this course is complemented in a special way by the excursions, as the recent history of Ireland—
from the Ulster plantation to the famine and the Civil War—is there to be read in the very folds of the Donegal countryside.
Literature 501: Christian Imagination and Prominent Irish and Continental Writers (2 credits)
With Prof. Sharon Mahoney Hickson
Professor of Literature
This course surveys fiction, drama, and poetry drawn from the masterworks of the Western Literary Tradition, focusing on the
Catholic perspective of man’s struggle throughout history to exercise his free will as he encounters both the reality of evil and the force of God’s love and mercy. Special emphasis
on Irish writers will reveal the powerful, universal Truth of the redeeming nature of suffering especially when leavened by the Faith. The authors studied include James Joyce, William
Butler Yeats, Walter Macken, Liam O’Flaherty, John Synge, Sean O’Casey, Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy, Graham Greene, Gertrude von Le Fort, and Alexander Solzenitsyn.
The Art of Communication in the New Evangelization: Living the Medium. Loving the Message.
With Dr. Seàn-Patrick Lovett
Program Director at Vatican Radio
A series of three experiential communication workshops aimed at re-energizing the evangelizer in you by focusing on your
talents and skills as a communicator—and applying them to ensure the Word is both heard and understood.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
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.
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