Edward Sellner, Ph.D.
Professor Pastoral Theology and Spirituality
St. Catherine University
The saints of the Early Celtic Church who helped the Christian faith take root and flourish in Ireland, Britain, and on the continent of Europe itself, were founders of monasteries, missionaries and pilgrims, spiritual leaders and soul friends. Their spirituality was inclusive of women, respectful of nature, appreciative of ancestors, and rooted in their belief of the necessity of having soul friends. Tonight's talk will give a brief historical background to Celtic Christianity, its spirituality, and the value of soul friends in our own lives.
Ed Sellner, Ph.D., is professor pastoral theology and spirituality at Saint Catherine University where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses for the past 33 years. He is a popular speaker nationally and internationally, a leader of pilgrimages to Celtic lands, and, more recently, retreat director for hospice ministers and hospital chaplains at statewide gatherings. Ed is also author of numerous articles and ten books on mentoring, Christian spirituality, and Celtic spirituality, most recently "Finding the Monk Within: Great Monastic Values for Today" (Paulist Press, 2008). He is presently on a sabbatical, researching and writing a book on Christian-Buddhist dialogue in the lives and writings of the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and the leader of the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac.