Bede describes Hilda as a woman of great energy, who was a skilled administrator and teacher. She gained such a reputation for wisdom that even kings and princes sought her advice, but she also had a concern for ordinary folk [like Caedmon. He was a cowherd at the monastery, who was inspired in a dream to sing verses in praise of God. Hilda recognised his gift and encouraged him to develop it]. Although Hilda must have had a strong character, she inspired affection. As Bede writes, “All who knew her, called her mother, because of her outstanding devotion and grace.”
~ Order of the Holy Paraclete website
An opportunity to enter imaginatively into the story of this great Northern saint through storytelling, prayer and creativity. In doing so, we may discover inspiration and courage to serve with our own gifts and in our own spheres of influence.
Event type: Celtic Sites & Saints, Nether Springs Retreat, Spiritual Development