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The Iona Community
The Isle of Iona is a small island off the west coast of Scotland, where in 563 Columba founded a Celtic monastery that was very influential in its own times. In the middle ages it was the site of a Benedictine abbey and over the centuries has attracted many thousands of people on their own pilgrim journeys.

The Iona Community, founded in 1938 by the Rev George MacLeod, then a parish minister in Glasgow is an ecumenical Christian community that is committed to seeking new ways of living the Gospel in today's world.

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The Iona Community New World Foundation

The Iona Community New World Foundation was established in February, 1978 to serve as a channel of information about the Iona Community in the United States and to answer the expressed desire of many Americans to assist materially in supporting the Iona Community's work and programs.


You may support the Iona Community and its work in the following way.  United States citizens, residents, and corporations may obtain income tax deductions for their contributions, within the terms of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, by sending checks to the order of the Iona Community New World Foundation, Inc. in the care of Kirkridge, 2495 Fox Gap Rd,Bangor PA18013 

American visitors at the Abbey may leave checks in the office to be forwarded on to the Treasurer.  This foundation has been held by the IRS to be a tax exempt charity, and all funds collected are for the work of the Iona Community.  A receipt as required by the IRS will be sent to each donor.

One way that the Foundation will aid the community is by contributing photo by Paul Masquelierto its subsidy fund so that unemployed persons and those on low incomes or pensions will be able to stay in the Abbey or the MacLeod Center for conferences and meetings of all kinds.  Legacies and bequests are welcome as well as in memoriam donations.  If you would like to place the Foundation in your will, you may write to the Treasurer for further information.

You may enroll as an Associate of the Iona Community by downloading and filling out the form available on this site.  click here   Associates commit themselves to daily prayer for the Members of the Community.  You may also enroll as Friend of the Community which means you make an annul gift and using the form available on this site. click here.



Letter from Peter Macdonald to the Iona Community


To all Members, Associates and Friends in the United States,


I am writing to all Members, Associates and Friends in the United States to report on my recent visit to Adelynrood Retreat Centre, Massachusetts and Kirkridge Retreat Centre, Pennsylvania. During my visit those I met expressed how much they cherish their connection with the Iona Community, particularly with regard to the Rule and the Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Creation commitment. However, it was also made clear to me that they long for more connection. Praying for names listed on a page is not hard for them, but having few opportunities to gather as components of the dispersed Community is difficult.   In the five years that I have been Leader I have become aware... Go to full text of Peter's Letter

Courage, Faith and Cheerfulness

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Iona-Kirkridge Conference Center Events - Bangor Pennsylvania

Schedule of coming Iona related events