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Bernadette Flanagan

Bernadette Flanagan, Chair of SpIRE, completed her PhD in Humanities (Spirituality) at the Milltown Institute, Dublin. Since that time she has become an Associate Professor in Spirituality and led the development of MA and professional doctoral studies in spirituality in Ireland. She has consulted to a wide range of organisations in Ireland and overseas on dimensions of spiritual education, spiritual care and spiritual practice in such fields as healthcare, education, relational wellbeing, aging; addiction and leadership.

Having served on the Governing Board of the prestigious global Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, she is currently the society's first Irish President. She is also a member of the editorial board of The Way journal. She is currently working with Routledge Publishers to produce a Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions.

Bernadette is always surprised by the many new settings in which spirituality conversations are taking place today.


Pádraig Ó Tuama

Pádraig Ó Tuama is a poet and theologian based in Belfast. Since 2014 he has been the leader of the Corrymeela Community, Ireland’s oldest peace and reconciliation witness dedicated to transforming conflict through human encounter. Pádraig’s interests encompass poetry, religion and storytelling. His work has been published by Canterbury Press (2012, 2013, 2017) and Hodder (2015) and has received critical acclaim from circles of poetry, psychology and religion.

Interweaving everyday stories with narrative theology, gospel reflections with mindfulness and Celtic spirituality with poetry, his latest book, In the Shelter, reveals the transformational power of welcome.

Pádraig Ó Tuama is an extraordinary person, whose influence extends quietly and gracefully across the world. His poetry bears these same qualities and brings him close. It is a gift to us all.

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— Krista Tippett. Creator and host of ‘On Being’

Reading Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work is like living inside a prayer. 
— James Martin SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

I’ve never seen a book of prayers like this one. I think this is just what my soul needs. 
— Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration


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Fáinche Ryan

In 2006 Fáinche Ryan was awarded a doctorate in Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). In the same year she was appointed Director of Studies at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge. During this time she was also an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge before she became a lecturer in theology at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin. She is currently the Director and Assistant Professor in Systematic Theology at the Loyola Institute at Trinity College which is dedicated to education and research in theology in the broad Catholic tradition and explores the creative intersection of theology, Church and society.