Image: portion of illuminated manuscript page from "The Book of Kells."  


Photo: Rainbow, Ireland.  Photo Copyright 1998 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.




 Image: "Gallarus Oratory"(or Gallerus),  located on the Dingle Peninsula, in western Ireland. Gallarus Oratory, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland.  Our Goals: Page 1 (of 2) Next Page

 Image: The Prayer Foundation logo (with white Celtic cross on a green shield).

     Photo: Celtic cross. Image: "Fresco of St. Francis of Assisi" by Cimabue.









   To Live Like Celtic Monks, St. Francis:

When Monk Preston and Monk Linda visited Ireland in February 1999, several experiences left a lasting impression.  One was seeing the "Book of Kells" at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  Considered the most beautiful of all medieval illuminated manuscripts, it was lovingly crafted by the Irish monks who settled the Scottish island of Iona.

    Also deeply impressive were the rugged, windswept coast of western Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Dingle Peninsula; for here the ruins of many early Celtic monasteries may be seen.  These were small, consisting of only twelve or so monks.  They lived in tiny bee-hive shaped huts assembled without mortar, and read the Gospels in "oratories;" small stone churches barely large enough to hold the little communities.

    Monks Preston and Linda also visited Assisi, Italy; home of St. Francis.  They walked where he once walked, lived, and prayed.  They viewed one of his preserved "habits" (tunic or robe).  All these experiences touched them, and remained in their minds.

Accomplished Goals:

    July 19, 1999: the Knights of Prayer   Monastic Order was Incorporated; consisting of supporters of The Prayer Foundation , it offers full monk status to lay persons (ordinary Christians as monks; also married persons and women) regardless of denominational affiliation.

     Photo: Nero's Palace, Rome, Italy.  Photo Copyright 1998 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.   

                               Nero's Palace, Rome.               _________________________________________

(Photo at Lower Right) God's beautiful Italian hill country brings thoughts of  St. Francis (Medieval Castle Fortress, San Marino, Italian Peninsula).                 


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Photo: Castle.  Photo Copyright 2005 Irish Tourist Board.

Photo: Monk Linda visits her ancestral castle, County Cork, Ireland.  Photo Copyright 1998 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.

 Monk Linda visits her ancestral castle in Ireland, County Cork (Photos Above and Below).

Photo: Ruined Tower of Monk Linda's Ancestral Castle, County Cork, Ireland.  Photo Copyright 1998 S.G.P.  All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Castle Fortress, San Marino, Italian Peninsula. Photo Copyright 1998 S.G. P.  All Rights Reserved.