Christianity as a Vocation: The Rostrevor Benedictines and the Renewal of Faith in Ireland

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    This chapter explores how the Benedictine monks at Holy Cross Monastery in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, have re-introduced the idea of vocation into the minds of a range of Christians on the island of Ireland. A picture of this new vision of the church in Ireland is painted through sections devoted to 'living ecumenism' and 'creating safe spaces'. The work of the Rostrevor Benedictines may seem limited because of the small scale of the changes among individuals. But Holy Cross is just one of multiple 'extra-institutional' spaces in Ireland's changing religious landscape. From their strategic positions on the margins, extra-institutional expressions of religion may prompt more significant changes in religious practice than initially seem possible.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMining Truths: Festschrift in Honour of Geraldine Smyth OP - Ecumenical Theologian and Peacebuilder
    EditorsJohn O'Grady, Jude Lale Fernando, Cathy Higgins
    Place of PublicationGermany
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)978-3-8306-7746-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • ecumenism
    • vocation
    • Reconciliation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)


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