Michael O’Sullivan SJ the Co founder of SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, spoke about the the need for a leading institute for spirituality in Ireland.
Following the closure of both the Milltown Institute and then All Hallows, himself and Bernadette Flanagan felt the lack of any place for spiritual studies in Ireland. Michael points out that the study of spirituality is a growing area and that Ireland would be a poorer place for not being able to offer studies in this field. In particular he wanted to keep the MA in Spirituality. Now in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology, they will be opening up the first year for the MA in Applied Spirituality in August. He explained more to Miriam Gormally about SpIRE and the MA. She began by asking him what exactly an MA in Spirituality would involve.