New Skellig Celtic Christian Community
New Skellig is an emerging community of The Episcopal Church, which draws in a contemporary way from our Celtic Christian roots. New Skellig gathers as a domestic church which meets in small intimate settings in the homes of its members. All baptized Christians are welcome to join us, as well as anyone who is simply seeking to know more about Celtic Christian faith and contemplative spirituality. In this sense we are not only a lively expression of the church catholic—in which all baptized Christians are universally called to live and worship as a unified Body, but also one that is rightly called an “emerging church” because of our conscious decision to live our out unity in Christ rather than perpetuate denomination divisions. While for some, New Skellig has become their primary faith community, for others it serves more as an extension of their regular worshipping community. Our mission is simple: to foster a Christian community whereby we may walk with Christ as anamchaidre (Soul Friends) in lives given to contemplative prayer. “Always be joyful; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks; this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thes 5:16-18). Our charism then, is not simply to adapt monastic life to that of the secular world, but more so to discern in the Spirit those gifts of the contemplative life which emerge naturally within the lives of the laity—much akin to the monastic villages of the ancient Celtic church.
Our monthly gatherings center around the celebration of the Eucharist—with ample attention given to contemplative silence; group reflection; biblical or theological study; and a simple shared meal. We continue to explore community ministries and outreach directed toward environmental concerns, working locally with individuals in need, collaborating ecumenically with established church ministries, and fostering contemplative practices for the transformation of society, world, and our planet. All this, however, always with an emphasis on fostering a deep interior life within the spirit of the Celtic Christian tradition.
Please contact our foudner and Vicar, Fr. Vincent Pizzuto, if you would like to be placed on our mailing list, which includes monthly emails indicating our place of gathering, directions, and upcoming details.