Presentation: Celebrating St Carthage, Patron of Refugees

Presented by Constant Mews & Chris Watson, Cath Connelly (harp) and Maryna Mews (voice).

This presentation celebrates the memory of Carthage (Carthach, also known as Mochuda), a remarkable saint from seventh-century Ireland whom we argue deserves to be remembered as a patron for refugees. He had a particular interest in caring for lepers, otherwise ostracised from their society. The jealousy of other monastic leaders would lead Carthage and his lepers to leave their home at Rahan (Co. Offaly), and take refuge in Lismore, in south east Ireland. The presentation celebrates the spirituality of Carthage within Celtic tradition, as expressed through readings, poetry and music. All are invited to light refreshments immediately after the presentation. The event is free, but there will be a closing collection for the Diocese of Lismore Flood Appeal, NSW.

Sunday 15th May 2.30pm, 2022. St Carthage’s, 123 Royal Parade, Parkville, Vic 3052

Cath Connelly has been playing the Celtic harp professionally since 1998. She is a professional Celtic harpist who performs, records, teaches and facilitates harp and spirituality workshops across the globe. To complement her music, Cath’s performances often include stories describing Celtic traditions, music and folklore. With a background in counseling, pastoral care and spiritual direction, she is an experienced workshop facilitator and retreat leader. Maryna Mews is an editor and writer. She studies singing with David Ross-Smith. Constant Mews (Chair of the Pastoral Council, St Carthage’s) and Chris Watson taught at Monash and La Trobe Universities respectively, and have collaborated in studying early medieval Ireland and the legacy of St Carthage.

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