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Pagan Priesthood

How To Live and Work as a Priest in Modern Pagan Communities

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Online Course on Preparing for Pagan Priesthood, and How To Become Pagan Clergy - the Definitions, Roles, Functions and Work of a Pagan Priest or Priestess - with a Native Irish Draoí (Druid Priest).


Lora O'Brien has been active in the Pagan Community - in Ireland and internationally - since they first let her in when she turned 18. In that time (many, many years have passed since then!), she has become a Pagan Priest. Many times over, in fact, with ordinations or initiations through a couple of different established Pagan traditions, and legally with her Irish State recognition as Clergy through Pagan Life Rites (Ireland).

But most important through all those years has been her work with her Gods (the Sacerdotal Role and Function of Priesthood), and her Community (the Pastoral Role and Function of Priesthood).

In this three hour class, we will cover topics such as:

  • -- What is a Priest?
  • -- The Work of a Priest
  • -- Responsibilities and Work of a Priest
  • -- How to Become a Pagan Priest?

This Class, and the Guided Journey, are suitable for beginners, as well as those with more experience in other traditions. You do not have to be dedicated to or working with an Irish deity (or any God or Goddess!) to take this class.


Your Course access enrollment includes:

  • -- Class Presentation Slides
  • -- Class Video
  • -- Class Audio
  • -- Class Chat Log/Resources
  • -- Guided Journey Video
  • -- Guided Journey Audio (for you to repeat the Journey)


Recommended Textbook (nice to have but not necessary before class!):

'A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood: Community Leadership and Vocation', by Rev. Lora O'Brien.
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (October 8, 2019). ISBN-10: 073875966X ISBN-13: 978-0738759661.


(The first 3 of those are affiliate links, so the author will get a few cents per copy - at no cost to you! - if you want to buy through them.)

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Your Instructor


Lora O
Lora O'Brien

Lora is an Author, Teacher, and Guide: native born Irish, with 20+ years personal and professional experience in our history, heritage, archaeology, mythology, and pre-christian Irish Spirituality. Publications include - Irish Witchcraft from an Irish Witch, 2004; A Practical Guide to Irish Spirituality, 2013; Tales of Old Ireland - Retold, 2018; A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood, Llewellyn 2019; and a forthcoming work on Queen Medb, 2020.

She is a modern Draoí – a practitioner and priest of indigenous Irish magic and spirituality, in the simplest terms. Lora has been consciously following a pagan path for over 25 years, and dedicated specifically to the Irish Goddess Mórrígan in 2004. She managed one of Ireland's most important sacred sites - Cruachán/Rathcroghan - for a decade, and is a co-founder and legal celebrant with Pagan Life Rites Ireland.


Course Curriculum


  Guided Journey (20 mins, Multi media)
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  Irish Pagan Resources
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"I am really pleased to see this book on the market. It is exactly what the pagan community at large has needed for many years.
A Practical Guide to Pagan Priesthood is a bold and fearless look at what modern pagan priesthood is and can (arguably should) be. It offers unflinching guidelines for people who want to live and walk their priesthood with integrity and it is honest about the difficulties that will come with that commitment. It also confronts the unpleasant aspects of this work, both for an individual and within the wider community, drawing attention to ways that we fail to uphold our own standards and places we must do better. Not the usual feel-good text but essential reading for anyone who takes their spirituality seriously and wants to be a pagan priest rather than just play at it.
A must read for anyone considering priesthood."

- Morgan Daimler, Author, USA. (Goodreads Review)

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. Enroll now for immediate access to the Curriculum!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? Once the Course Materials are uploaded (2-3 days after the live class has run), you have unlimited access to this course curriculum for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund. If you require a refund, please email the Irish Pagan School BEFORE going through PayPal or Stripe? We will deal with your request and refund your money with no problems!

"I've been a fan of Lora O'Brien's work for a while now: in particular her willingness to share her spiritual and magical growth, her changing experience and journey towards a better understanding of our (Irish) culture and heritage.
Her work is filled with practical advice and shared experience, and while I personally don't aspire to priesthood, her setting out of objectives and her sincere approach to this vocation are both interesting and engaging. A must for those drawn to priesthood in an Irish spiritual context and also of general interest, even if not."

- Geraldine Byrne, Ireland. (Goodreads Review)

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