SpIRE Spirituality Institute

SpIRE Spirituality Institute

The Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE) has been established to serve the spiritual seeking of people, contribute to the academic study of spirituality in higher education colleges, and promote the phenomenon of ‘spirituality and’.

‘Spirituality and’ refers to spirituality and healthcare, spirituality and aging, spirituality and management, spirituality and leadership, spirituality and disability, spirituality and social concern, spirituality and ecology, etc., that are all signs of a new spiritual consciousness across the globe.

This new global spiritual awakening in our time is moving people to seek spiritual resources for issues about the meaning of life that come up in diverse settings. These contexts of lived experience include work, family, relationships, life-transitions, and concerns regarding human, societal and planetary wellbeing.

SpIRE aims to develop contemplative and critically informed spirituality guides, reflective practitioners, and skilled researchers regarding contemporary spiritual issues and the journey of life in its spiritual dimension and connection.  It will give effect to its aims through education, research, training, consultancy, publishing, and networking and collaborating across countries and in Ireland.

Fifth SpIRE public lecture

At the very successful fifth SpIRE public lecture: Prof Michael Howlett (SpIRE Committee), Dr Michael Murray (SpIRE Committee), Prof Fiona Timmins (SpIRE Committee), Prof Bernadette Flanagan (Chair of SpIRE), Prof Stephanie Paulsell (Harvard), Dr Michael O’Sullivan (Director of SpIRE). The lecture was held on 8 March 2016.


A few testimonies of the MA in Applied Spirituality in its form at All Hallows College (2010-15).

“It is a gem of a course, combining so well action and contemplation, personal development and academic study and research. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of it this year”.

“It was truly a remarkable experience and I feel very blessed to have been a small part of it”.

“This course was just what I was looking for. I had just retired (as a school principal) and was looking for a programme that could help me to explore and deepen my spirituality. A wonderful and unique aspect of the programme is that is gave me a solid academic foundation and, at the same time, allowed me to look deeply into the inner landscape of my soul.  The applied, contemplative focus of the course has challenged me to live with greater authenticity”.

“I applied for the MA after many years of restless seeking.  I had been through many life crises and in spite of huge resistance I finally listened to the call of my heart to pursue formal study in the field of spirituality.  I could not have anticipated the gift that this course would become in my life”.

Evaluation of the international external examiner: