Certificate in Celtic Christianity

Certificate in Celtic Christianity
(15 Credit Hours)

The study of Celtic Christianity is one of four core educational elements of Whithorn School of Theology and the various academic programs offered. This is a certificate program in the history of the development of the Christian mission among the Celtic tribes of Cornwall, Wales, England, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Ireland and Brittany. It focuses on the ancient Celtic beliefs at the arrival of the Christian mission. The curriculum will look at the lives, writings, and teachings of many Celtic saints, with specific concern for the unique nature of Celtic Spirituality.

  • Program Objectives

This certificate program aims to help the student become better acquainted with the traditions and practices of the ancient Celtic Catholic Church with the hope that such an awareness will offer the student the ability and foster the desire to integrate those traditions and practices in his or her own ministry within the context of the 21st century. In order to achieve this goal, the student will be guided through various books of both of antiquity and a more modern origin.

  • Student Expectations

A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the program and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of Celtic Christianity is prior to beginning the course work.

  • Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
  1. Taylor; The Coming of the Saints
  2. Esther de Waal; Every Earthly Blessing
  3. Bede; The History of the English Church and People
  4. Fr. David Adam; Fire of the North: The Life of St. Cuthbert
  5. Shirley Toulson; The Celtic Year
  6. Edward Selner; The Wisdom of the Celtic Saints
  7. Thomas Cahill; How the Irish Saved Civilization
  8. Fr. David Adam, A Desert in the Ocean: The Spiritual Journey According to St. Brendan the Navigator
  9. Fr. David Adams, The Cry of the Deer
  10. James P. Mackey, An Introduction to Celtic Christianity
  11. Philip Newell, Listening for the Heartbeat of God
  12. Timothy J. Joyce, Celtic Christianity
  13. J. Philip Newell, The Book of Creation
  14. Philip Sheldrake, Living Between Worlds: Place and Journey in Celtic Spirituality
  15. J. Philip Newell, Christ of the Celts
  • Reaction Paper

A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.

  • Practicum

Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of Celtic Christian practices and principles developed or utilized within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.

  • Final Paper

At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of Celtic Christianity within the context of his or her own life and ministry.

  • Method of Evaluation

-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Practicum 30%
-Final Paper 15%