Flanagan, Bernadette



Bernadette Flanagan completed her doctorate in Humanities (Christian Spirituality) at the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin. Currently she is Associate Professor in Spirituality and leads the development of MA and professional doctoral studies in spirituality in Ireland. Bernadette 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.

Bernadette holds a Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality, which she obtained in 1992, and a PhD in Humanities, completed six years later, in 1998. She has won the All Hallows College Research Excellence Award 2014 – Established Scholar. Her research interests includes contemporary writers, Spirituality Interfaces with health/education and suicide, Women and Leadership, New spiritual movements, Irish/Celtic Spirituality, Emerging Church, New Monasticism, spiritual direction, Desert mothers and Beguines.

Bernadette has the following publications currently in press:

  1. Flanagan, B. “The New Monasticism” In The Oxford Handbook of Christian Monasticism, B.M. Kaczynski. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  2. Flanagan, B. “The Emergence of Contemplative Ireland” In The Catholic Church in Ireland Today, D. Cochran. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
  3. Flanagan, B. “Research as Contemplative Science.” The Way: A Review of Christian Spirituality Published by British Jesuits 53,4 (Oct 2014).
  4. Flanagan, B. “Christian Spirituality and the Mystical Tradition” In Spirituality Across Disciplines, M. de Souza. Dodrecht: Springer, 2015.
  5. Flanagan, B. “Nano Nagle and Everyday Leadership” In Nano Nagle: An Evolving Charism to Inspire Leaders, Educators and Care Providers, B. Flanagan et al. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2015.

In addition to these publications, Bernadette has also co-edited and contributed to a number of other books, chapter and essays. Bernadette is also a popular keynote speaker and has spoken at many conferences across Ireland and other parts of the world. Bernadette got elected as Member of the Governing Board of the International Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality in 2003 and served in this capacity till 2006. She is also an ongoing editorial correspondent of The Way: International Review of Christian Spirituality and a member of the American Academy of Religion.