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The central assignment of the Titus Brandsma Institute is research directed to the phenomenon: spirituality. This research provides the foundation for all other activities such as education, formation, editorial work, and the provision of information and services. These activities help to ensure that the Institute’s research does not take place in an ivory tower, divorced from everyday life.


The research undertaken by the Institute studies the most significant dimensions of the phenomenon of spirituality, but tends primarily to restrict itself to the Judeo-Christian tradition. Precedence is given to the following 3 areas:


  • Study of the sources of lived spirituality, particularly Scripture and liturgy.
  • Study of the history of spirituality, with particular attention to the phenomenon of mysticism and the Modern Devotion (Devotio Moderna).

Study of contemporary spirituality within social, religious and church contexts, from out of a mystagogic perspective.