Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Errors in the Flamekeeping Map--Please Check To See If They Are Yours

Nothing huge, just:

Melody: There are three Points (i.e. balloons without names). Point 30, 39 & 40. Two are in England. Please fix them by tomorrow afternoon MST. If they aren't fixed, I'll erase them. These people didn't edit the name when they made a location balloon so it stayed a point number.

So if you enter yourself on the map, please put a name beside it.

See below for an explanation of all this.

Addendum: Melody made my blob-point marker into a cow! Yay!!!

Not this one, of course. But still, a cow.

Monday, August 24, 2015

New sculpture of St Brigid unveiled at Féile Bríde (2014)

By the artist who brought us--

St. Brigid of Kildare - This sculpture of St. Brigid captures that moment where she gave her father’s treasured sword to a leper in the the presence of the King of Leinster. Before her father was able to strike her down, she explained that she had given the sword to God through the leper. The King, being a Christian, forade her father to strike her and granted her freedom saying “her ment before God is greater then our own”

--a new sculpture is unveiled. Or was, a year and a bit ago. How did I miss this one? Wish I could get a clearer image.

New sculpture of St Brigid unveiled

at Féile Bríde

By Ann Marie Foley - 04 February, 2014
New 9ft bronze of Ireland’s famous female saint created
by Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmalz.

Sculpture of St Brigid with artist Tim Schmalz
A new sculpture of St Brigid by an internationally renowned artist is to be unveiled at this year’s Féile Bríde festival in Kildare which continues this week.
Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, who created the 9ft bronze of Ireland’s famous female saint, hit the headlines in Co Mayo last March when he proposed erecting a 100ft statue of St Patrick on top of the Reek.
However, the sculptor abandoned his plans for that sculpture, which would have been higher than the Christ the Redeemer statute in Rio, due to strong local opposition.
His life-sized sculpture ‘Jesus the homeless’ depicting Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a park bench recently found favour with Pope Francis who blessed it.
Now a permanent home is being sought for it in Rome near the Vatican.
The arrival of his latest sculpture in Kildare has been delayed by poor weather conditions. The statute of St Brigid was commissioned and donated by Fr Dennis O’Neill from St Martha’s Catholic Church in Morton Grove (a northwest suburb of Chicago), Illinois, USA.
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World Map of Flamekeepers

Here's a fun project.

Ord Brighideach has put up a world map for Brigidine flamekeepers of any group (or solo performers) who wish to pin their locations for others to see. You can be as vague or as specific about location and identity as you like.

Here's the link.

And here's a screenshot of the map, just before I figured out how to add my name. Now, I know in Daughters of the Flame alone we have participants in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, etc., so it will be interesting to see how this develops over time.

I sure wish I knew how Melody made her icon into a cow...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Feedback Wanted for Online Courses: What Do You Want With Brigit???

St Birgitta Revelationes Nuremburg* Anthony Koberger

I am planning a series of online classes about Brigit, starting with an introductory level and moving on from there.
I have many ideas of my own, by I want to know what the main questions, needs, hopes are for aspiring and current Brigidines.
If you can recall what your challenges or interests were in the early days of your acquaintance with her, and what they have evolved into, or indeed if you are at that beginning place now, I would love to have your feedback. You can leave a comment here (If you don't want it published I will keep it private) or PM me through Facebook to speak privately.
Many thanks!

* Yes, I know that St Birgitta isn't St Brigit. I just love the image!

Flame-Keepers Directory

The flame-keeping group Nigheanan Brighde has set up a Directory of Brigidine Flametending Orders. A good idea, though daunting. If you have a group you would like included, or if you are looking for a group to join, have a look at their website.

Regarding Nigheanan Brighde itself, it appears to be a welcoming group, mainly accessible through Facebook.

They say, "Nigheanan Brìghde’s Vision is of a renewed Priestesshood for the goddess Brìde, in which sisterhood is fostered, spiritual growth is nurtured, healing is offered, creating is honored, study is encouraged, and Imbas is sought, while deepening our service to, and relationship with our lady Brìde."


The Directory of Brigidine Flametending Orders seeks to be a storehouse and database of all Orders dedicated to Brighid, to assist the Brighid-devotee in choosing among the various Orders that best meets her or his needs.
Orders will be listed to include a brief description of vision and mission, website and contact information, whether Pagan, Christian, or open to both, and whether female-only or open to men.
The Directory is sponsored by Nigheanan Brìghde, Order of Brigidine Priestesses and Flamekeepers at
To have a listing included in the Directory, please email the relevant information in 100 words or less to or join and post to the facebook group, Flametenders International at
Thank you, and Brìde Bless!