Welcome to Céile Dé

Marcus Losack is a pilgrimage leader and teacher who designs and facilitates pilgrimages to the ancient and sacred sites associated with the Celtic Tradition in Ireland and Brittany. Marcus has more than twenty years experience of leading pilgrimages for adults and J2A - Journey to Adulthood youth groups. He co-authored the book "Glendalough - A Celtic Pilgrimage" published by Columba Press and has more recently published three new books on Saint Patrick, following four years extensive reading and research. This includes "Rediscovering Saint Patrick - A New Theory of Origins" Columba Press 2013 and "Saint Patrick and the Bloodline of the Grail - the Untold Story of Patrick's Royal family" (Ceile De, Annamoe, 2013). 

For more than a thousand years, Saint Patrick's place of origins has remained uncertain. Now something more of the truth has been revealed. Compelling new evidence strongly suggests that the estate owned by St Patrick's father, Calpurnius may have existed on or close to the ancient site where Chateau de Bonaban is now located on the north east coast of Brittany between St Malo, Dol de Bretagne and Mont St Michel. Patrick's father, Calpurnius appears to have belonged to a royal family linked to the ancient Kings of Strathclyde and the House of Wales and Brittany. Breton historians record that his family migrated to Brittany as part of a settlement of the ancient Britons in Armoirca at the time of the rebellion of Magnus Maximus in 385 CE. The author takes the view that Patrick may have been conceived in Scotland but was probably born in Brittany either at his father's estate near Bannavem Tiburniae or perhaps at St Martin's Monastery at Tours, where St Patrick's mother, Concessa may have gone to receive solace and protection from her uncle, St Martin.

A new translation of St Patrick's writings has now been published, challenging the established tradition that St Patrick was taken captive from Britain. St Patrick's life changed history but much of the so called 'history' that we have learned about him - appears to have changed his story. In the light of intriguing new discoveries, we are invited to understand an even greater mystery. St Patrick's life and our lives, his story and our story, are inextricably intertwined. As a consequence of these discoveries a new pilgrimage has now been developed, starting with visits to the ancient sites associated with Patrick in Ireland and then crossing over by ferry to Brittany. We invite you to join us in September 2015 to be part of this pioneering pilgrimage (see "Pilgrimages" above for a description of the itinerary and registration forms).

Céile Dé is the name of an eighth century spiritual reform movement in Ireland which sought a return to the teachings of Celtic Christianity and exemplified by the Desert Spiritual Tradition in Egypt, which flowered in Western Europe through the conduit of St Martin of Tours, the writings of John Cassian and the lives of the Celtic Saints.

In Gaelic Ceile De means ‘companion of God’, 'spouse of God'  or ‘together with God’ in the sense of being together with God in a three-fold way within ourselves, with others and with the whole of creation.This includes a sense of being together on a journey in the mystery of time - past, present and future. We approach our Celtic Pilgrimages with open hearts and minds to rediscover the treasures of the Celtic Christian and pre-Christian spiritual traditions, enriched by daily prayers and reflections, story telling, music and guest presentations. We are as pilgrims on a sacred journey together and we invite you to travel with us.

Welcome to this website. If you wish to find out more and engage with Marcus as a teacher or plan a pilgrimage to visit sacred sites associated with the Celtic Tradition in Ireland, Scotland, Wales or Brittany, this is the place for you.


*Céile Dé is the registered trading name of Marcus Losack.

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