Where we come from

A common heritage
Several summers ago, I visited the early medieval monastic site of Glendalough with students and faculty from a seminary in Dublin. The site dates back to the sixth century, when St. Kevin (led by an angel, according to tradition) founded a monastery there. Nestled in a valley between two lakes, Glendalough still boasts the remains of a beehive hermitage and a round stone tower more than a hundred feet high that people come from all over the world to admire. Our group arrived at Glendalough on what Dubliners call a “soft day.” With a gentle, misty rain falling, Glendalough looked exactly how I had imagined Ireland would look: wet stones, lush green grass, quiet ancient ruins.


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