(United Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns, Leighlin, Lismore, Ossory & Waterford)

SpIRE Conference on 8th March in Waterford – Pilgrimage and the Evolution of Spiritualism

An inaugural conference about  Pilgrimage and the Evolution of Spiritualism  will be held on 8th March in Waterford Institute of Technology.

This will be organised by SpIRE – the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education.

The aim is to bring all the people who are operating on their own together to discuss ideas and to ensure that the authentic spiritual meaning is maintained at pilgrimage sites – that they don’t just become another historical places to visit but that people get a full contemplative experience and really ‘walk the walk’.

One of the speakers will be Dr. Dee Dyas who is a Director of the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture and the Centre for Pilgrimage Studies at the University of York, and Principal Investigator, AHRC ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present’ project

Spiritual tourism is on the rise, Prof. Bernadette Flannagan, from SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, said in a Soul Waves radio interview promoting the event.

“Numbers for people going on sacred walks or visiting sacred sites has increased dramatically. Numbers who registered for walking the Camino, for example, have risen from 3000 1987 to 300,000 now. She says this is indicative of a simpler vision of spirituality – ‘a yearning for something more authentic’.

Cost €75

Register before February 8th

See www.spireconf.com for more information.

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