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Mission Statement

The Titus Brandsma Institute stands for the academic study of spirituality in the light of the Jewish and Christian tradition in the past and present, serving the Church and society through publications, education and training.

Research centre for mysticism and spirituality
The Titus Brandsma Institute (TBI) is a research centre for mysticism and spirituality. We study the foundations, history and themes of historical and contemporary forms of Jewish and Christian mysticism and spirituality. The study of the spiritual culture, past and present, and of the various ways in which people have given shape and meaning to their spiritual quest is central to the TBI.

Our institute focuses in particular on movements such as Modern Devotion and Spirituality in modern society. And also on mystical writers, for example Thomas à Kempis or Teresa of Ávila and mysticism experts like Michel de Certeau and Titus Brandsma.

We carry out scientific research and teach from a critical, scientific foundation.

Surprising perspective
The Titus Brandsma Institute focuses strongly, in addition to scientific research, on teaching and training for a widely interested audience. Education about themes such as the spiritual way, spiritual guidance and ‘unknowing’ as a guide offer a surprising perspective on and from the various Jewish and Christian spiritual traditions

The TBI also organises a number of interesting and accessible TBI lectures each year and there are reading groups around mystical authors such as Simone Weil. Once a year, you can immerse yourself in a single text by a mystic writer for a whole week, during the Mysticism Seminar. The text for 2019 will be the Geestelijk Hooglied (Spiritual Canticle) by John of the Cross.

We also provide our expertise in the areas of meaningfulness and spirituality to companies and organisations (Incompany training).

The Titus Brandsma Institute, founded in 1968 on the basis of a cooperation agreement between Radboud University and the Dutch Carmelite Province, has been highly regarded both nationally and internationally for more than 50 years. The TBI works closely with the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies and the Faculty of Arts. Currently the TBI is represented by twenty enthusiastic and passionate staff members.

The TBI takes its name from Titus Brandsma. A versatile man, always oriented towards his fellow humans. Brandsma, a Carmelite, was a professor of philosophy and the history of piety at the University of Nijmegen. He was rector magnificus in 1932/1933. Brandsma resisted the Nazis, was arrested in 1942 and died on 26 July of that same year in Dachau.