St Willibrord Biannual Lecture 2022

๐’๐“ ๐–๐ˆ๐‹๐‹๐ˆ๐๐‘๐Ž๐‘๐ƒ ๐๐ˆ๐„๐๐๐ˆ๐€๐‹ ๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐”๐‘๐„ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ | ๐๐ฎ๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ซ๐โ€™๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐„๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ
On Monday November 7th, the third St Willibrord Biennial Lecture will take place in St Laserianโ€™s Cathedral, Old Leighlin, starting at 7pm.
The venue of the third St Willibrord Biennial Lecture - St Laserianโ€™s Cathedral, Old Leighlin, County Carlow

All are welcome to attend and admission is free. This yearโ€™s speaker will be Luxembourger Dr Michel Summer of Heidelberg University, Germany, who will speak on โ€˜๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐‘๐š๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ข ๐“๐จ ๐‘๐จ๐ฆ๐ž: ๐’๐ญ ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐›๐ซ๐จ๐ซ๐’๐ฌ ๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐ˆ๐ง ๐ˆ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐„๐ฎ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญโ€™. Michel completed his PhD in Trinity College on St Willibrord and his English biography of Willibrord will be published in 2023.

This yearโ€™s speaker, Dr Michel Summer of Heidelberg University
This lecture marks the Feast Day of St Willibrord, Patron Saint of Luxembourg, First Apostle of the Netherlands and his Co Carlow connection. St Willibrord spent twelve years at the famed monastery of Rath Melsigi, Clonmelsh, County Carlow, before he was ordained at the famous monastery of Old Leighlin. He left Co. Carlow on his successful European Mission in AD690. He was made Bishop and Archbishop of Utrecht in the Netherlands before establishing his major monastery and scriptorium in Echternach, Luxembourg.
The Relic of St Willibrord on display in the The Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow
-Ivan Healy, Honorary Consul General to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Yves Wengler, Mayor of Echternach and Cllr. John Pender, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council unveil the restored early medieval Cross of Rath Melsigi in 2019
He is remembered each year in Echternach with a UNESCO World Heritage Status hopping procession. In 2017, the town of Echternach presented a relic of St Willibrord to the county and it is permanently displayed in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow Town. In 2019 Carlow County Council and Echternach Town signed a Friendship Agreement in August 2022.ย 
Her Excellency Florence Ensch, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to Ireland, their first resident ambassador in Ireland, visited the county on her first official visit outside of Dublin exploring Willibrordโ€™s connection. There is a permanent exhibition to him in Carlow County Museum.
Pictured at the last St. Willibrord Biennial Lecture in 2019 are (l-r) Padraig Dooley of Carlow Historical and arlow Historical and Archaeological Society, he Most Reverend Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr Niamh Wycherley, Maynooth University and the Very Rev Tom Gordon of St Laserianโ€™s Cathedral. Dr Wycherley delivered a lecture on โ€œThe Cult of Relics in Medieval Ireland: Power, Patronage and Devotionโ€.

The Biennial Lecture is hosted by St Laserianโ€™s Cathedral, coordinated by Carlow County Museum in partnership with the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, the Diocese of Leighlin and Carlow County Council.

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