Leader Bio: Rev. Carrion Mann

While I am perhaps most well known in the organization for my work with the Dead, I currently serve the membership of ADF in the capacities of Vice Arch Druid, ADF Preceptor, Senior Priest and Clergy Council Officer, Leader of the Order of the Dead, mentor and reviewer. 

I also am the Senior Druid and Chief Liturgist of Whispering Lake Grove, ADF located in Erie, PA.  I have been a member of ADF since 2001 and have served the folk of ADF in a variety of official capacities since that time to include:  ADF Priest; Non-Officer Director, Deputy Preceptor, Liturgist Guild Chief and Scribe, Chief of Clann na Gael and as a reviewer and mentor for students of several different study programs.  Additionally, I assist my Grove to co-host with 6th Night Grove Summerland Festival.  

Outside of ADF, I am the mother of three and grandmother of two. My hobbies include genealogy, writing, reading, spending time in the outdoors and the continuous study of history and religion. I have a B.S. in Education and have spent over two decades employed in the field of human services, working in various capacities with at-risk youth and adults.

I have "officially" practiced a Pagan spiritual path for over twenty years, however, my values and beliefs were Pagan long before this time. I just didn't know what to call them. Not unlike others that practice Druidry, I wandered through various spiritual paths before finding the path that was right for me. I have always had a need for spirituality in my life and my quest to find what I was looking for has led me down many paths. Until I found ADF in the late 90’s these paths had always ended in frustration; as I found myself trying to force my values and beliefs to fit existing structures of various religious institutions.

Over the years I have made many valiant attempts to force myself to "fit" into some form of organized religion and had all but given up finding a path that was right for me.

Prior to joining ADF in January of 2001, I practiced Wicca and then Druidry with my late husband, the Rev. Raven Mann, as a solitary. In February 2003 my search for other like-minded individuals led to my decision to join the newly chartered Whispering Lake Proto-Grove.  I have been an active member of Whispering Lake Grove since that time.  In August of 2008 I completed the 1st circle of the ADF Clergy Training Program and was consecrated as an ADF Priest during the 2008 Summerland Festival in Ohio.  In 2014 I completed the pre-2011 CTP and new CTP 2nd & 3rd circle requirements and was elevated as a Senior Priest at Summerland Festival. 

I remain dedicated to honoring the Kindred, loving the Land and serving the folk through teaching, leading, writing and performing ritual.  I am also dedicated to continuing my studies in ADF Druidry to enhance my work and my ability to serve.

Yours Within the Mist…

 

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Rev. Kelly Kingston (Carrion Mann)

Articles by Rev. Kelly Kingston (Carrion Mann)

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