Sacred Heart University has established the Institute to act as a trustee of the legacy of John Moriarty, and be a steward of his goals for Sli na Firinne, which was a special school for thinking deeply about the rootedness of humanity in nature and the responsibility to preserve divine creation as our human home. The Institute is housed at the SHU in Dingle campus, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland and will have some activities on its main Fairfield, Connecticut campus as well.
John Moriarty is one of the most significant Irish philosophers of the twentieth century, and his ideas have become guideposts to life-long learning and a concern for humanity and the environment. The manifest richness of his thinking is best understood in the context of its wide ecumenicity. His insights are as germane for people of traditional beliefs as they are for earnest spiritual questers detached from conventional religious identities. Climate change, social and political upheaval, relentless challenges to our received anthropological understanding, and spiritual ennui demand serious attention, and John Moriarty’s mastery of the scientia cordis enables him to respond to these myriad questions in creative and fearless ways. His legacy must be preserved and passed on, and one of the best means is to establish an innovative Institute under the care of Sacred Heart University.
“Our world doesn’t environ us. It is in us and we are in it.” ~John Moriarty
The mission of The John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important and necessary element for a flourishing life of meaning and purpose.
*Posted courtesy of The Tablet - By Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought Michael W. Higgins - John Moriarty - He curled himself up, egg-shaped, so that he could lay in a swan's nest longing for his own re-hatching; he faced the pure white-out of a Manitoba blizzard like a buffalo in order to survive; he spent his life trying to recover from the calamity of falling out of the Christian story. John Moriarty was, in the words of philosopher Brendan O’Donoghue (quoting his doctoral supervisor), "like Dostoevsky, in that he was not only not understood in his lifetime, he was not even misunderstood".
Sacred Heart University has established the John Moriarty Institute for Ecology and Spirituality. The Institute's mission, as stated on its website, is to understand and consider the richness and wonder of the natural environment, and to promote a deeper reflection on human spirituality as an important and necessary element for a flourishing life of meaning and purpose.
Sacred Heart University will host Michael W. Higgins, Ph.D., distinguished professor of Catholic thought, on Tuesday, February 6, at 7 p.m. in the Martire Forum at 5401 Park Avenue in Fairfield, CT.. He will present his talk, "John Moriarty: Epic Visionary of Creation's Endless Unfolding. This talk is free and open to the public.