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Michael O’Sullivan SJ

Dr Michael O’Sullivan entered the Jesuits in 1969 having been born in Limerick and educated by the Jesuits from the age of 7. He has been Director of the world-leading MA in Applied Spirituality since 2005 and Co-founder and Director of the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education (SpIRE) since 2010. He holds many international leadership roles in the field of spirituality as an academic and applied discipline and has combined such activity with living for over 20 years among the economically poor in Ireland, Latin America, and East Africa, working with them to overcome the considerable challenges in their lives.

He chaired and co-organised the first conference in Ireland on Liberation Theology and his inspiring struggle on behalf of the people of Chile has become the subject of a documentary film. Entitled ‘A Jesuit with the People’, it is available on YouTube and Vimeo. His book, Theology and Violence Against Women was described by Prof Linda Hogan of TCD as ground-breaking. He has also co-edited a book about Spiritual Capital, written several book chapters and numerous articles, and given many podcasts and interviews on national media on issues of social and gender concern. See his Linkedin page here.