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Irish Benedictines A History
Category: Books > Theology > Priesthood & Religious Life
ISBN / ID: 9781856074971
Publisher: Columba Press
Price: AU$67.95
Description: These essays celebrate and explore the Irish Benedictine tradition over a period of 1400 years. Introduced to Ireland as part of the reform movement of the medieval Irish church, Irish Benedictinesí activities provide a fascinating picture of the difficulties of monastic living in an ethnically divided society. The upheaval of the Reformation in the sixteenth century all but extinguished the Benedictine tradition in Ireland but, in exile on the continent, Irish Benedictine nuns, in association with their English colleagues, established a centre that kept the flame alight. The monastic revival of the nineteenth century produced a most significant spiritual writer in the person of the Dublin-born Abbot of Maredsous Abbey, Blessed Columba Marmion. Ireland, in turn, was host to a number of monastic refugee communities driven from the continent by anti-religious legislation and by World War I. All these strands combine to form the tradition to which contemporary Irish Benedictines are the heirs.
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