Beyond these shores Into the darkness Beyond these shores This boat may sail And if this is the way Then there will be A path across this sea. And if I sail beyond The farthest ocean Or lose myself in the depths below Wherever I may go Your love surrounds me For You have been before Beyond these shores.
Who Are the People of the Community of Ss Brendan and Brigid?
Our mission: to offer a home and hospitality to those who are seekers after a spiritual life in the Catholic tradition in a non-institutional setting.
Our charism (special characteristic of the community): Compassionate healing.
Our Christian tradition---Catholic: We celebrate the Mass and offer the Eucharist and other Sacraments to all.
Our spiritual orientation---Celtic: open; creation-centered; rooted in hospitality; love of learning; compassion and openness.
Our governance---Nondenominational and self determining.
Our affiliation---The International Council of Community Churches: “An international, intercultural, interracial fellowship of churches and ministry centers which seeks to realize Christian unity in local, national, and world relations.”
Ordination: Father Chuck Cooper is a valid priest in Apostolic Succession.
“Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.
It is not to lead our neighbor into a corner where there are no alternatives left, but to open a wide spectrum of options for choice and commitment. It is not an educated intimidation with good books, good stories, and good works, but the liberation of fearful hearts so that words can find roots and bear ample fruit…
The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves as created free…not a subtle invitation to adopt the life style of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find his own.”