Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND, Institute for Earth and Spirit
The Sister Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit serves the emergence of an ecological civilization to revive and protect our common home through transformative environmental education, spiritual animation, and creative celebration.
Challenged by our planetary crisis and rooted in our inspiring legacy of St. Columba's monastic university at Iona, The Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit is committed to fostering an integral and peaceful Earth community in the light of religious faith, evolutionary cosmology, environmental science, and comprehensive justice.
Under the direction of founder, Dr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, and through the generosity of Iona Alumni benefactor Christopher J. O’Connor, The Sister Kathleen Deignan, CND Institute for Earth and Spirit is a collaboration among three current endeavors which she founded at Iona: The Iona Spirituality Center, The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue and The Thomas Merton Contemplative Initiative.
The Earth and Spirit Institute logo is a detail from the Book of Kells begun by our patron, Saint Columba at Iona. The vibrant orb suggests the dynamic cosmos in its myriad radiations of creativity and splendor.