I and fellow Spiritual Director Eileen Mathy will present a retreat called TRANSFORMATION Day of Reflection. Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day and Henri Nouwen will be part of our focus.


These three great persons of faith display finding Faith, finding Purpose and finding Self. Come discover your life as a sacred journey and the moments that have transformed you.

Saturday April 9, 2016 9am-3pm

St Patrick Parish Lounge

$10 fee for lunch

Registration open contact

Bridget McGill




On Thursday February 25th 2016 St. Brigid’s Well will be Blessed by my Pastor Father Joseph Hogan at 8am. What Good News! I will be posting pictures shortly of the interior of this space. I have several good friends and my husband who will join the festivities. We plan to start with attending 7am Mass at St. Patrick Church, Urbana. Of  course afterward I will serve Sr. Brigid’s oatcakes with lashings of Irish tea!

A font of Inspiration
                 A font of Inspiration

The Wellspring

This is how I began my Rule of Life:

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye” Le Petit Prince (1943) is a novel by Antoine de Saint Exupéry, translated into English as The Little Prince.

Growing up my mother said to me “You have a kind heart.” Later in high school “The Little Prince” was read over the intercom system by my principal Sister Mary Catherine. This quote, and many words about the heart, spoken by these two strong women role models, have stuck in my memory ever since. In relation to God, my family, and others and I will strive to remain heart-centered.

But what is a Rule of Life? This is one definition.

“A Rule of Life is an intentional pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. A Rule establishes a rhythm for life in which is helpful for being formed by the Spirit, a rhythm that reflects a love for God and respect for how he has made us. The disciplines which we build into our rhythm of life help us to shed the “old self” and allow our “new self” in Christ to be formed. Spiritual disciplines are means of grace by which God can nourish us. Ultimately a Rule should help you to love God more….” –

In my mind this rhythm of life should (after a time) become second nature. It should be revisited quarterly and revised as needed! But ultimately as “God is Love” starting from the heart center as I have is a good beginning. I am terrible at sitting still so I make music and movement part of my Rule of Life. I am my nature an activist so when my Pastor was concerned about liability issues if I did Spiritual Direction on the Parish premises I chose to found St. Brigid’s Well. I am Celtic by birth and after much reading and reflection and visiting a Brigid’s Well in Ireland I decided to use this name.