Here is a talk I gave for Saira Salmon and The Lost Wisdom of the Grail Telesummit – The School of the Holy Grail in the Forest of Brocéliande:
Imagine a man who loves astrology, numerology, and sacred art – who is fascinated by the Druids and Arthurian lore – but who is also a Catholic priest, Abbé Henri Gillard. Because of his esoteric interests, every sermon of Gillard is vetted by the bishop, and to keep him quiet, he is sent to minister to an obscure village on the edge of an ancient forest in Brittany. What does he do? With the help of inherited money, he sets about transforming the dilapidated village church into a chapel dedicated to the Holy Grail. He wants to create a place that acts as a sort of ‘secret school’ – a place of pilgrimage in which the language of symbolism can be learned, and where the worlds of art and religion can meet; where intellectual exploration can combine with an appreciation of beauty and a mystical experience of the Otherworld.