In 2011, Friends of Orthodoxy on Iona hopes, by the grace of God, to make its first excursion to continental Europe. Metropolitan Kallistos has blessed the idea of a pilgrimage to Brittany, a Celtic land with a rich Christian history. Indeed, as its placenames and local traditions make clear, the early Christian heritage of Brittany overlaps heavily with that of Wales, Cornwall and Ireland.
Very provisionally, our hope is to stay at the beautifully situated Benedictine monastery of Saint Guenole at Landevennec onthe coast of Finistere from July 11-17. We suggest – again provisionally – that pilgrims based in Great Britain should gather in Plymouth on the evening of July 10, before taking the overnight ferry to Roscoff.
Given its location on an unspoiled stretch of Atlantic coast, where one of Brittany’s founding saints settled 15 centuries ago, this pilgrimage will be an ideal time for quiet prayer, reflection, walking and retreat as well as learning about the region’s Christian past. We hope to make short excursions around Finistere to visit churches, shrines and archeological remains associated with Brittany’s Christian heritage. Above all, we are looking forward to making the acquaintance of the Orthodox communities of Brittany which flourish in Brest, Quimper, Lannion and other places.
More details of the pilgrimage, including a provisional programme and costs (which are expected to be quite reasonable) and a booking form, will be posted in October. If you are interested, please email IonaBretagne2011 AT gmail.com and we will contact you with updated information.