In 1998, Bernadette Flanagan completed her doctorate 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.
Currently supervising 2 funded PhDs at WIT
From Santiago de Compostela to South East Ireland: An Investigation of Opportunities to Localise the attraction to International Pilgrimage Routes in the Celtic Cultural-Spiritual Heritage of South East Ireland
Hunger for Food, Hunger for Life: THE Inner Spiritual World of Women who have overcome Eating Disorders
Previous Research Supervision Commitments:
36 MA Theses, 4 PhD Theses Supervised to Completion
External Examination of Doctoral Theses
Dublin City University : Shamanic Spirituality as a Therapeutic Resource: An Exploratory Study: August 2018
St Mary’s University, Twickenham: An Evaluation of Spiritual Education programmes in the UK for Hospice Chaplains -September 2017
University of Winchester: Christian perspective on enabling spiritual formation in relation to work - May 2016
Queen’s Foundation: Birmingham University: Practices of Silence amongst Contemporary British Christian Women - July 2015
University College London : The Medicalisation of Sadness, Depression and Spiritual Distress: A Phenomenological Study - August 2014
School of Divinity, University of St Andrews , Scotland: A Critical Examination of Christian Ministry: Pastoral Perspectives by Preachers of the Churches of Christ in Bicol Province in the Philippines - June 2014
School of Divinity, Edinburgh University : Spiritual Direction as a Spiritual Practice for Reconciliation Ministry: A Personal Reconciliation Perspective
Liverpool Hope University: Pursuing Eudaimonia: Re-appropriating the Greek Philosophical Foundations of the Christian Apophatic Tradition
University of East Anglia at Norwich: An Investigation of Discernment Educationin Spiritual Accompaniment / Direction Training Programmes in the UK - May 2011
I specilise in contemplative research methods. It us well known that an important component of most programmes of postgraduate study is the closing assignment — the research, dissertation or thesis. This assignment often assumes Olympic proportions for those who have to undertake it so as to complete the award for which they are studying. The perception of thesis-writing as an enormous undertaking usually arises from the fact that it will be the longest piece of writing ever undertaken by the student. In the context of the anxiety generated by writing such a long piece of work, as well as the challenges of acquiring the technical skills that undertaking research requires, it can be difficult to integrate such a task with the content and focus of a postgraduate programme in spirituality. However a number of recent developments are changing the nature of the research experience and, as a result, the research project has the potential to become a privileged occasion of spiritual transformation for those undertaking it.
Flanagan, B. and Zsolani, L. (2019) The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions. London: Routledge.
Flanagan, B. (2016) Nano Nagle: An Evolving Charism to Inspire Leaders, Educators and Care Providers. Dublin: Veritas.
Flanagan, B. and Thornton, S. (2014) The Bloomsbury Guide to Pastoral Care. London/New York: Continuum.
Flanagan, B. (2013) Embracing Solitude: Women and the New Monasticisms. Oregon: Wipf & Stock.
Flanagan, B. and O’Sullivan, M. (2012) Spiritual Capital: Spirituality in Practice in Christian Perspective. England/USA: Ashgate.
Flanagan, B., Agnew, U. and Heylin, G. (2008) With Wisdom Seeking God: Papers from the First European Conference on the Academic Study of Spirituality. Leuven: Peeters, 2008. Co-edited with Una Agnew & Greg Heylin
Flanagan, B. and Kelly, D. (2004) Lamplighters: Exploring Spirituality in New Contexts. Dublin: Veritas.
Flanagan, B. (1999) The Spirit of the City: Voices from Dublin’s Liberties. Dublin: Veritas.
“The New Monasticism.” with D.B. Christie, In The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism, ed. B.M. Kaczynski. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 634- 644
“The Renewal of Contemplative Traditions: New Monasticism and Quotidian Practices.” In Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice, ed. C.C.H. Cook, et. al., London: Routledge, 2018.
“Christian Spirituality and the Mystical Tradition.” In Spirituality Across Disciplines, ed. M. de Souza, 11 - 24. Dodrecht: Springer, 2016.
“Nano Nagle and Everyday Leadership.” In Nano Nagle: An Evolving Charism to Inspire Leaders, Educators and Care Providers, ed. B. Flanagan et al., 72 – 84. Dublin: Veritas, 2016.
“The Emergence of Contemplative Ireland.” In The Catholic Church in Ireland Today, ed. D. Cochran. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 143 – 154.
"Pilgrimage: Spirituality on the Move." Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, vol. 19 no. 2, 2019, p. 181-198
“Research as Spiritual Practice”. Mysterion: Rivista di Ricerca in Teologia Spirituale 12/2 (2019): 397- 402
“The phenomenon of presence in spiritual care: a tapestry of themes”. Spiritual Care, 7(2)/ 2018, pp. 169-179 .doi:10.1515/spircare-2016-0203. Co-authored with Martina Corrigan
“Developing Agreed and Accepted Understandings of Spirituality and Spiritual Care Concepts among Members of an Innovative Spirituality Interest Group in the Republic of Ireland: Case Report”. Religions 7/1 (2016), 1-19 doi:10.3390/rel7030030. Co-author with Fiona Timmins, Maryanne Murphy, Sílvia Caldeira, Eimear Ging, Carole King, Vivienne Brady, Jacqueline Whelan, Colm O’Boyle, John Kelly, Freda Neill, Geralyn Hynes, Kathleen Neenan, Nicolas Pujol, Lisa Fitzgerald, Deborah Hayden, Barbara Sweeney, Mary Threadgold, Michael O’Sullivan, Elizabeth Weathers, Philip Larkin, Therese Meehan, Karen Ward, Hannah Chew, Eunice Minford, Mandy Lee, Margaret Mulcaire, Anne McAuliffe, P.J. Boyle, Noel Keating and Brian Nolan.
“Implementing Spiritual Care at the End of Life in the Republic of Ireland’, European Journal of Palliative Care,” 23/1 (2016), 42-44. Co-Author with Fiona Timmins, Maryanne Murphy, Nicolas Pujol, Greg Sheaf, Sílvia Maria Alves Caldeira, Jacqueline Whelan, Elizabeth Weathers.
”Spirituality in Contemporary Ireland: Manifesting Indigeneity.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality (Spring 2016): 55-73. Co-Author with Michael O’Sullivan.
“Serenity Spirituality Sessions: A Descriptive Qualitative Exploration of a Christian Resource Designed to Foster Spiritual Well-Being among Older People in Nursing Homes in Ireland.” Religions 6/2 (2015): 299-316. Link: http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/6/2/299. Co-author with Fiona Timmins, Suzanne Kelly, Mary Threadgold, and Michael O’Sullivan.
“Quaestio Divina: Research as Spiritual Practice.” The Way: A Review of Christian Spirituality Published by British Jesuits 53, no.4 (Oct 2014): 126 -136.
James Nelson, & Aiveen Mulally. “Spiritual Education: A Teacher Development Initiative.” Journal for the Study of Spirituality 1, no. 2 (2012): 61–76.
“Women and Spirituality” In The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality, eds. R. Woods & P. Tyler, 320-337. London: Bloomsbury, 2012.
“Applied Spirituality: Reflections of an Educator.” Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 11, no. 1 (2011): 38 – 50