"If you can't find me someday... look in the Burren high on a hill in a little stone house overlooking the sea. Water's hot for tea. Come on in..."

Stefan Andre Waligur is also known as Macushla, an Irish term of endearment meaning "heartbeat of the beloved". Br. Stefan, an oblate member of the Benedictine Community of Shantivanam in India, is a contemplative, a musician/composer and founder of Community of Peace in Louisa, VA, an ecumenical community inspired by the Taize Community in France. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

"Stefan's music and sensitivity bring us into the very heart of prayer, the beginning of the inner journey." 


Mary Cosby 

Co-Founder Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C.


"Br. Stefan's music and the Community of Peace will be a gift beyond             measure."                                            -Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes

 President Emerita United Theological Seminary and Core Faculty at Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico.




Celtic Kirtan album

available now!




"... absolutely breath-taking...powerful is not even near to the right word. Everybody should have a chance to hear and then hear again and again. Thank you so much!"


Phyllis Tickle

Author/ Scholar and Fellow at the

National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. 






" Under the guidance of Stefan Andre Waligur, our students experienced a joyful and meditative approach in our search for wholeness and meaning...a remarkable journey to the innermost parts of the soul."


Rev. Joseph Eldridge

University Chaplain

American University 





Stefan Andre Waligur

Community of Peace in Louisa, VA

"Beautiful music and a fascinating blend of traditions. I urge folks to check out this music."


Parker Palmer 

Author, Educator, Activist 






I want to tell you a story about a community of people about to be born. It all began about twenty years ago in a little French village called Taize...


The Community of Peace near Charlottesville, VA in Louisa County will offer a warm welcome to all, a beautiful sung prayer, a dialogue for peace and racial reconciliation, solidarity with and service to the most vulnerable in society.
















Community of Peace Beginning Summer 2021! 



Contact info: swaligur@ses.gtu.edu

In a country so deeply divided and longing to be healed of past wounds, a Community of Peace, rooted in the Christian tradition and engaged in interfaith dialogue, is timely. We invite you to join with us in this calling to create something good and beautiful - a "parable of communion" as Br. Roger of Taize would say.


This summer we open our doors to daily visitors. We welcome your prayers and financial support. 

Thank you!