Monastic Ireland & RSAI lecture series

The Monastic Ireland Project in conjunction with the Royal Society of Antiquaries in Ireland will host two keynote lecture speakers on monasticism in March 2015.

Wednesday 11 March 2015
“The Nature of Irish Monasticism ca. 1050”
 Dr Edel Bhreathnach (CEO, The Discovery Programme & Co-Investigator, IRC Monastic Ireland Project)

Friday 27 March 2015
“Confessions of a Monastic Historian: (Re)writing of a Thousand Years of Monastic History” 
Fr Columba Stewart, OSB (Director, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, U.S.)

Fr Stewart is an expert on early monasticism, Eastern monasticism, theology and liturgy. He has written a major study on John Cassian (Cassian the Monk, OUP 1998) and is currently preparing a volume on the origins of monasticism in the Christian East.

For the past 50 years the Hill Museum & Monastic Library ( has been photographing manuscript collections across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and south India, making HMML the world’s leader in the photographic preservation of manuscripts. HMML places a particular emphasis on manuscripts in endangered or remote locations. HMML safely archives the digital data, catalogues the digitized manuscripts, and makes both manuscript images and cataloguing available through online tools.

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