Dr. Herbert O’Driscoll To Be Dodson Lecturer at St. John’s Episcopal

Reverend Dr. Herbert O'Driscoll, Best Selling Author and Celtic Scholar.

Reverend Dr. Herbert O'Driscoll, Best Selling Author and Celtic Scholar.

St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting its annual Dodson Lecture on Monday, October 18 at 7:30 pm.  Dr. Herbert O’Driscoll, eminent scholar of Celtic Christianity and best selling author, is the featured speaker.  The title of his evening lecture will be: “The Islands at the Edge of the World.”

Internationally known, Herbert O’Driscoll is the author of more than 30 books including The Road to Donaguile: A Celtic Spiritual Journey and God with Us: The Companionship of Jesus in the Challenges of Life.  He has traveled widely in the Anglican Communion conducting preaching seminars and conferences as well as continuing to lead pilgrimages to Ireland, Scotland, England and France for the College of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.  He was Warden of the College 1982-84, and he currently serves as an Honorary staff member of Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia.

The Rev. Barkley Thompson, rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, notes “Herbert O’Driscoll is the Anglican world’s leading authority on Celtic Christianity.  He is a story-teller beyond compare. Those who attend the Dodson Lecture this year will be mesmerized by this prayerful and gentle scholar.  We’re in for a treat.”

The Dodson Lecture begins at 7:30 and will be held in St. John’s Church at the corner of Jefferson Street and Elm Avenue.  The public is welcome to attend.  A voluntary collection will be taken at the lecture to assist in underwriting the cost of the Dodson Lecture.  A reception and dinner with Herbert O’Driscoll for sponsors of the Dodson Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m.  To become a sponsor call St. John’s Church at (540) 343-9341 or e-mail Kristi Brown at [email protected]  Reservations are required.

With a membership of 1500, St. John’s is the flagship parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.  St. John’s makes a positive imprint on the Roanoke Valley through its sponsorship of such programs as the Community Youth Program and Kimoyo, Ltd., as well as  its acclaimed music programs including Music on the Corner.

The Dodson Lecture Series is made possible by the Grif and Molly Dodson Distinguished Speaker Series.  The fund is sustained by donations made in honor of the memory of Grif and Molly Dodson, who supported education and life long learning throughout their lives as members of St. John’s Episcopal Church.