My gratitude to a wonderful group of pilgrims

At the end of our first Celtic Pilgrimage this summer, I want to thank our pilgrims (now, our friends) for all the help they have given me during this week, and for all the effort and love they brought to the pilgrimage. The ‘secret ingredient’ of a successful pilgrimage is not so much the weather, nor is it human comfort and things like that – the main thing is that we manage to remain open to accept and love each other as we are.

We lived together for a week. We prayed together for a week: every morning, every night, every holy place we were blessed to visit. Please take this monastery and its story to your homes, to your friends, to your family, and make them part of this story, as well.

As our beloved Celtic Saints would pray: may you be blessed, wherever you go, on each mountain you climb, on each sea you sail. Then, one day (sooner, rather than later) come back, so we may pray together again.






6 Thoughts.

  1. Please, may I have information to plan a group pilgrimage with you? We are a Western Rite Parish in Texas and I would love to being a group on such a pilgrimage.

    • Dear Mrs Duncan, please send me an email ( to see what we can do. It would be lovely to arrange a parish group – pilgrimages are great ways to bring people together.

  2. What a pleasure to meet the saints who lived, worshiped and died on these beautiful and wild islands. Thank you, Fr. Seraphim, for leading us in prayer and worship and all the wonderful times we had together. I hope to come again, maybe with another of my children.
    But I must warn you that I’m going to be practicing backgammon in the meantime.

    • Dear Sherry, I miss you already. It really has been an amazing pilgrimage, and most of that credit goes to the group – when we all come together for the right reasons, when we all do our best to make things work for all of us, great things can happen. Please come back soon.
      As for backgammon… I’m sure I have no idea to what you refer 🙂

  3. Might it be possible to start a fund in order that those from less affluent backgrounds might be enabled to go on pilgrimage too. To many, £900 is
    just not possible.

    • Dear Al, I have nothing against fundraising to join one of the pilgrimages, but that would have to be your responsibility. I simply do not have the time to do that as well, on top of everything else I do for the monastery. This summer, there have been a number of pilgrims who have raised the cost of the pilgrimage in all sorts of creative ways, from fundraising in their own parish to putting aside on a monthly rate for a whole year.

      I know that the pilgrimage is expensive. Unfortunately, once you add up the cost of renting a house on Mull for a week (one of the largest available, to fit ten of us), the cost of three cars (all automatic, because we are the drivers and most of the pilgrims have never driven on the ‘wrong’ side of the road) + insurance for three cars + a second driver for each car + gas for three cars + private hire of a motor boat + private hire of a sailing boat + ferry tickets to / from Iona + food for ten people for a week + all sorts of other unexpected expenses, you’ll see that the cost is, in fact, more than reasonable. Also, please keep in mind that I am now working to build a monastery.

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