The Iona Community

IonaAbbeyThe 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 was 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.     learn more

The Iona Community – New World Foundation

Early Chapel (1,000 AD)

Early Chapel (1,000 AD)

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 PA 18013

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.

St. Columba Day – Time to recommit to your role in the Iona Community

To all Members, Associates and Friends of the Iona Community.

Wishing you all a Blessed St. Columba’s Day on June 9th. As we approach this day it is appropriate for us to remind you to send in your renewal as a Member, Associate or Friend of the Iona Community. If you have already sent in your renewal, please feel free to ignore this note. If you would like to update your information for our records, please go to www.iona-nwf.org to get an enrollment form to complete.

If you are unsure about your status as a Member, Associate or Friend, please feel free to respond to this e-mail and I’ll get back right away with your current status.


Rev. Matilda Chase
Membership Secretary – New World Foundation

Luke 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Leadership Transitions in Iona-NWF

Dear Friends,

The Board of the Iona Community’s New World Foundation met recently following the resignation of John Dillon as President of the Board. I would like to record the sincere gratitude of the Iona Community for John’s leadership and service over many years. We wish John recovery of full health and best wishes for the future. Scott Blythe has also tendered his resignation as Treasurer though he will remain on the Board. Thanks and best wishes go to Scott and to Liz as they await an addition to their family.

A new President of the Board will be elected in September along with other ordinary members. In the meantime Paul Masquelier will serve as acting President and Phyllis Ives has been elected as Treasurer.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support of the work of the Iona Community both in the United States and in Scotland.


Peter Macdonald, Leader
The Iona Community

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