Author, Patricia Monaghan, presents The Story and Significance of St. Brigit

Nearly 20 years ago, the Sisters of St. Brigit returned to Kildare, Ireland, where their order had been founded some thousand years before.  Kildare, whose name in Irish means "church of the oak," had been the ancient site of a temple to the Celtic goddess Brigit before Christianity arrived in Ireland.  There, a sacred flame represented the powers of healing, poetry and alchemy, both in Celtic and Christian times.  Relit in 1993, that sacred flame now forms the centerpiece of the annual celebration of Lá Feile Brighe, the Feb 1 festival of Brigit, attended by hundreds of people from Ireland and from around the globe. 

Patricia Monaghan, professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago, has written about the Brigit revival in her book "The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit."  She is the author as well of more than 20 other books of nonfiction and poetry, including "The Encyclopedia of Celtic Myth and Folklore."  She has just returned from participating in the 2012 Brigit Festival in Ireland.

Date: March 15, 2012
Time and Location: 3 p.m., Multipurpose Room, Public Square
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