Anam Chara

What is an ‘anam chara’?

Anam chara, Irish Gaelic for a ‘soul-mate’, is thought to be an ancient Celtic system of one-to-one mentoring, as opposed to the Greek model of group teaching and preaching by one learned authority figure.

Made famous in Father John O’Donohue’s book of the same name, the term has now become much confused and is often used in a pagan connection, to refer to ‘angels’ or ‘spirits’ or other things.

However, the idea of a Celtic model of mentorship may be a helpful one for a spiritual journey of exploration.


Finding an Anam Chara

We encourage you to find a mentor or partner who is exploring the same path or journey of exploration of authentic, ancient Christianity.

If you have trouble finding an ‘Anam Chara’, we may be able to put you in touch with somebody in your location, or we may be able to offer a virtual Anam Chara relationship. A real-life, face-to-face mentor is, however, preferable.

If you would like to offer yourself as an Anam Chara to somebody else in your area, please let us know.


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