Stories of the Celtic Soul Friends:

Their Meaning for Today

by Edward C. Sellner ’78M.A., ’81Ph.D. (Paulist Press)


Through stories of the four leaders of the early Celtic church—Saints Patrick, Brigit, Columcille and Colman of Land Ela—the author demonstrates how the tradition of the soul friend can reaffirm Christian faith. “Christian Celts believed that soul friends were crucial to human growth and human development,” Sellner writes, "and that such mentoring relationships were ultimately related to friendship with God, and thus to the salvation of one’s soul.

(June 2004)