Sancti Angeli Benedictine Skete

Newsflash.....Highland Icon Courses 2012

Highland Icon Courses will be running again this year Gesso & Gilding: Monday-Friday, July 16-20 and Writing the Icon: Monday-Friday, July 23-27 both at Marydale Parish Hall in Cannich. Courses will include demonstrations, lectures and practical work. Please contact for further information.


Nuns for the Highlands

Sister Petra ClareThe North of Scotland has very few religious Sisters, but a long and varied monastic tradition. The first known Pictish monastery was founded at Portmahomack, on the Moray Firth, in the 6th century. Sancti Angeli Benedictine Skete adjoins the present Catholic church at Marydale, which is the successor of a mediaeval church founded from Beauly Priory. Marydale today is still served from Beauly!

The earliest tradition in Scotland combined solitude with community life. This was suited to the wildness of the glens, and encouraged hermits, mission and a pioneering spirit which has made the Scots world leaders in many fields. In the wake of Vatican II, local Bishops were given powers to authorise small new diocesan religious foundations. Sancti Angeli Benedictine Skete was set up in this context by Bishop Conti (now Archbishop of Glasgow) in 1995.

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eastXwest religious studies social networkHave you ever wished you could access a Christian social network and Christian archive combined? eastXwest is exactly that! We have the capacity to store religious studies in pdf and i-Write for short pieces, as well as the usual photo album and video storage. You can advertise your own course or event through the network and invite members of your own congregation or study group.

There is a particular emphasis on Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, in response to Pope Benedict's "primary commitment...of working tirelessly towards the reconstitution of the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers." (Sistine Chapel, 20th April 2205)

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From September 2011: Both Religious Studies Shop opens and Online Icon Study course resumes.

Commission an Icon

Sister Petra Clare writing an icon at MArydaleSister Petra Clare at Sancti Angeli has undertaken numerous commissions for homes, churches, societies and businesses from all over the UK and abroad. Home commissions include name saints, special occasions, travel, bedside and memorial icons. As a Catholic, she specialises in work associated with the re-ordering of churches and devotional art which bridges the gap between the needs of a traditional parish congregation and the modern world, including cycles for liturgical seasons, Stations of the Cross and R.C.I.A.

She has undertaken several commissions for religious groups including the St. Barnabas Society, St. Joseph's Young Priests Society, the Confraternity of St. James and several individual commissions among the Knights of Malta. Among business clients are management consultants, therapists and medical professionals.

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Come to the Highlands for the Icon Summer School

Student at Icon Summer SchoolYou may think that finding an icon course is something you can only do in London. The annual Icon Summer School has given tuition over a number of years. Based at Marydale, Cannich, the schola is run by Sister Petra Clare, who has a wide experience of running icon workshops and lecturing all over the UK. As this is a walking area there is a wide variety of local accommodation to choose from, to suit all pockets and needs. Stay over the weekend & explore the area.

See the Sancti Angeli website for current courses. Numbers are limited so please book early. The Icon Summer School is recommended as a background for the Online Icon Study Course