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Certificate in Celtic Cultural Studies

(30 credit hours)

 

The study of ancient Celtic culture is one of the core educational elements of St. Ita’s School of Theology and the various academic programs offered. This is a certificate program in the history of the development of the Celtic tribes the British Isles, Ireland, and Gaul. It focuses on the ancient Celtic beliefs prior to, and at the arrival of Christianity. 

 

Program Objectives

 

This certificate program aims to help the student become better acquainted with the traditions and practices of the ancient Celtic Catholic Church with the hope that such awareness will offer the student the ability and foster the desire to start and/or integrate those traditions and practices in his or her own ministry within the context of the 21st century. In order to achieve this goal, the student will be guided through various books of both of antiquity and a more modern origin.

 

Student Expectations

 

For each Course Number the student will be required to do the following:

 

  1. Read the literature and other media required  (some in-depth; some perusal)

  2. Consult with their mentor regarding the subject matter.

  3. Write an integrative paper of approximately 5 pages [double-spaced] for all the required readings for the entire subject including:

 

  • Demonstration of the subject to indicate comprehension of the material.

  • Include a reflection as to how this subject may relate to the religious life and your future Ministry.

 

 

**NOTE:  All italicized readings are for additional learning, not required;

**All BOLDED readings are required reading for that subject area unit of study.

 

Certificate Program Outline and Required Books and Articles

 

CCS  101  - Who were the Celts? (articles from www. clannada.org)

What Defines The Term 'Celtic'(Letter to Editor of the Keltria Journal) by Alexei Kondratiev

The Development of the Celtic Peoples: The Significance of Agriculture From the Neolithic Era Through the Bronze Age - Version 1.0 by Ãine MacDermot

 

Required Book:

Celtic Heritage by Alwyn Rees and Brinley Rees

 

CCS  201 - Celtic Spirituality from the Druids to the Saints and Beyond (articles from clannada.org):

The Celts and Christianity by Morgan O'Maolain

The Metaphysic of the Cultural Tradition by Iain Mac an tSaoir

Why Wicca Is Not Celtic v.3.2 by Iain Mac an tSaoir and Dawn O'Laoghaire

 

Required Books:

A Brief History of the Druids by Peter Berresford Ellis

Celtic Inheritance by Peter Berresford Ellis

Twilight of the Celtic Gods by David Clarke and Andy Roberts

Where Three Streams Meet: Celtic Spirituality by Sean O’Duinn

 

Supplemental Texts:

Dictionary of Celtic Mythology by James MacKillop
Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (Oxford Paperback Reference) by Peter Berresford Ellis
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by H R Ellis Davidson
The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual by Alexei Kondratiev
Death, War, and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology & Practice by Bruce Lincoln

Berresford Ellis
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions by H R Ellis Davidson
The Apple Branch: A Path to Celtic Ritual by Alexei Kondratiev
Death, War, and Sacrifice: Studies in Ideology & Practice by Bruce Lincoln

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