Above: "The remains of one of the most daring architectural expressions of early Irish monasticism: a hermitage built virtually in the air on the treacherous ledges of an Atlantic rock rising straight up from the sea to an altitude of 218 metres."
WHAT IS NEW PILGRIM PATH?
Pope Francis describes the Internet as offering “immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God".
We have set up NEW PILGRIM PATH to share with our fellow pilgrims of all Christian denominations - in Ireland and across the globe - some of the rich online resources we have found. We hope they will help you as you seek encounter with the person of Christ, the Word of God in our midst.
Just 500 years or so after the death of Christ, the first monks arrived on Skellig Michael (from the Irish Sceilg Mhíchíl), an island 12km from Ireland's south west coast, lying at the very edge of the then known world. The monastery that they established in this inhospitable environment remains one of the most remarkable testaments to human faith on earth. The banner picture on each page of this website features an aspect of the Skelligs.
Skellig Michael was the culminating point of a mediaeval pilgrimage route which ran from Palestine to Ireland. Today, many people will know the island as a location in recent "Star Wars" films. Ancient meets new!
Ancient meets new, too, in our 21st century pilgrimage. In bygone days, pilgrims typically stopped at holy sites along their way, to refresh themselves for the next stage of their journey. Today, our touch screens or keyboards can lead us on our path; websites can be the stopping points where we draw strength for our continued journey.
We refresh New Pilgrim Path with a featured website and poem each week; our other resources are also updated regularly. If you would like to receive a weekly email updating you on new content, please click here.