Author Archives: Brenda

About Brenda

Rev. Warren is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) retired minister. I am married to a wonderful guy with two grown awesome sons; an equally awesome daughter-in-love; and two very large, much-adored, dog-like Maine Coon cats named for Celtic saints. I love reading, writing, travel, mountains, and beachcombing. As a former public and theological Library Director, I love doing research that has helped me in composing this Advent devotional, “Celts to the Creche” at www.saintsbridge.org. My research has been enriched by libraries, way too many books and journals purchased, and numerous pilgrimages to the places where these saints lived and worked and had their being. I cannot even begin to express what a great gift it has been to meet like-minded friends along the path who have generously and kindly shared their scholarship, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon saints. I often wonder if the saints have in some way been instrumental in introducing me to their friends on both sides of the thin veil.

Celts to the Creche: John O’Donohue of Ireland

        Celts to the Crèche Day 16 November 30 John O’Donohue of Ireland January 1, 1956-January 4, 2008 On this 16th day of journeying with the Celts to the Crèche, we join up with a modern day … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Abbess Ethelburga of Barking

  Celts to the Crèche Day 15 November 29 Abbess Æthelburga of Barking 7th c. AD On this 15th day of our journey with the Celts to the Crèche, we meet St. Æthelburga (Æthelburh, Ethelburga) who was the  first Abbess of the double … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: A Band of Brothers, Cedd, Chad, Cynibil, and Caelin

Celts to the Crèche Day 14 November 28 A Band of Brothers: Sts. Cedd, Chad, Cynibil, and Caelin 7th c. On the 14th day of our journey with the Celts to the Crèche, we meet the band of brothers from … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Ita of Ireland

Celts to the Crèche Day 13 November 27 St. Ita of Killeedy, Ireland c 480-c570 AD On this 13th day of the Celts to the Crèche we meet ST. ITA OF KILLEEDY, IRELAND (St. Íte).  St. Ita is considered to be the … Continue reading

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Celts to the Crèche: St. Brigid of Kildare

Celts to the Crèche Day 5 November 19 St. Brigid of Kildare c 452-523/525 AD On this 5th day of Advent on our journey with the Celts to the Crèche, we meet Saint Brigid/Brigit, Bridget, Bride, an early Irish saint who … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Columbanus

  Celts to the Crèche Day 8 November 22 St. Columbanus c543 AD-November 21, 615 AD On this 8th day of our pilgrimage with the Celts to the Crèche, let us visit with St. Columbanus, one of the early Irish monks … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Fursey

Celts to the Crèche Day 10 November 24 St. Fursey c597-January 16, 649 AD On our 10th day of our pilgrimage with the Celts to the Crèche, we meet St. Fursey (Fursa, Fursei, Furseus) who was the first recorded Irish missionary … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Abbess Theodechilde of Jouarre

Celts to the Crèche: Day 36 December 20 Abbess Theodechilde of Jouarre Died about 667 AD Today, on this 36th day on our journey with the Celts to the Crèche, we meet 7th c. Theodechilde (Theodechildis), who started out as … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: Abbess Werburga of Chester

  Celts to the Crèche Day 32 December 16 Abbess Werburga of Chester c 630-February 3, 699 AD On this 32nd day of our journey with the Celts to the Crèche, we meet Abbess Werburga of Chester which is in Northwest England … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne

Celts to the Crèche Day 6 November 20 St. Cuthbert of Lindisfarne c634-March 20, 687 AD On this 6th day of our Advent pilgrimage with the Celts to the Crèche, we join St. Cuthbert who was the much loved 7thc. Bishop of … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Non of Wales

  Celts to the Crèche Day 31 December 15 St. Non of Wales  Died about March 2, 589AD On this 31st day of our journey with the Celts to the Crèche, we meet St. Non, whose name means “nun.” She … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Columba of Iona

  Stained Glass in Iona Abbey of St. Columba (Columcille) of Iona. photo by Harvey Warren Celts to the Crèche Day 4 November 18 St. Columba of Iona 7 December 521 – 9 June 597 On the 4th day our … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Hereswith

Celts to the Crèche: Day 3 November 17 St. Hereswith c612 – September 3, c680/690AD On this 3rd day of our Advent journey with the Celts to the Crèche, we pilgrimage with St. Hereswith, perhaps even dancing with abandon to this … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Hilda of Whitby

  Celts to the Crèche Day 2 November 16 St. Hilda of Whitby 613/614-November 17, 680 AD On this 2nd day of our pilgrimage with the Celts to the Crèche, we journey with ST. HILDA (Hild) OF WHITBY.The name Hild means “warrior.” She was … Continue reading

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Celts to the Creche: St. Aidan of Lindisfarne

               St. Aidan of Lindisfarne statue near St. Mary’s Church on Lindisfarne. photo from Dig Ventures                                      … Continue reading

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