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The Soul of Early Irish Monasticism

The Soul of Early Irish Monasticism

Paper given by Bernard McGinn

Delivered at the Union League Club of Chicago on 16 March 2017

Not many people are aware that when it comes to Irish religious history, St Patrick only scratches the surface. The island in fact has a rich and fascinating Christian heritage, of which monks and sprawling monastic communities play a central role.

Bernard McGinn is the Naomi Shenstone Donnelly Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology and the History of Chrstianity in the Divinity School and the Committees on Medieval Studies and on General Studies at the University of Chicago.

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