The Tucker Memorial Lecture 2019 will be held on Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Tucker Lecture Theatre, Lampeter Campus. The guest lecturer is Dr Rhiannon Ifans who will speak on ‘Sant y Cariadon’ / The patron saint of lovers. The lecture will be delivered in Welsh, with simultaneous translation into English. The lecture is followed by the launch of Dr Ifans’ new volume Red Hearts and Roses? Welsh Valentine Songs and Poems. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome. Free entry. In association with the University of Wales Press.
Our latest acquisition; we have been entrusted with an Icon of St Celer (by the hand of Fr Vladamir Lysak).
Little is known of the life of St Celer, a hermit and martyr who, in the second half of the seventh century, lived in the woods and caves surrounding the healing well. A chapel dedicated to the Mother of God stood over the well. Only a few stones now remain of this chapel, and several very old yew trees. People from all over Wales came on pilgrimage to receive counsel from the holy hermit, to pray and seek healing from the waters of the well. This pilgrimage continued after the death of St Celer. In the Middle Ages, and well into the eighteenth century, a ‘Saint Celer Fair’ was held there from 21 June (date of the repose of the saint) to 29 June (Sts Peter and Paul) and was renowned throughout Wales. Crutches and mementos were left by the well, testyifying to graces received.