SHU an­nounce ‘Mo­ri­arty Institute’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SA­CRED Heart Univer­sity this week an­nounced plans for the es­tab­lish­ment of a John Mo­ri­arty Institute in Din­gle. Pro­fes­sor M. Higgins made the an­nounce­ment fol­low­ing a lec­ture he de­liv­ered in An Díseart on Sun­day on the 10th an­niver­sary year of the death of the Kerry philoso­pher who died in June 1, 2007, at the age of 69.

The au­di­ence, in­clud­ing mem­bers of John Mo­ri­arty’s fam­ily and close friends, heard Pro­fes­sor Higgins cham­pion his writ­ings and story-telling. Prof Higgins said Mo­ri­arty was a per­son of rare vi­sion and made the case for fur­ther study into his mys­ti­cal world view, which is well known in Ire­land but rel­a­tively un­known in­ter­na­tion­ally.

SHU are mov­ing for­ward with the planned Mo­ri­arty Institute, with the agree­ment of the Mo­ri­arty fam­ily and lo­cal sup­port.

A three-stage plan for the de­vel­op­ment of SHU’s univer­sity cam­pus in Din­gle was out­lined at the talk. The main fo­cus will be on of­fer­ing cour­ses in nurs­ing, ma­rine stud­ies as well as en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal top­ics. Sec­ondly SHU will ar­range aca­demic con­fer­ences, sim­i­lar to the Sea, Land and Spirit con­fer­ence which was run in Din­gle ear­lier, this year and which brought aca­demics from uni­ver­si­ties on both sides of the At­lantic. The third strand – and the first to be im­ple­mented – will be the de­vel­op­ment of a pil­grim­age/tour based on the theme of John Mo­ri­arty’s “seek­ing to walk beau­ti­fully on the Earth”, through which SHU plans to in­tro­duce peo­ple to the works of John Mo­ri­arty and bring visi­tors to sites which were key in his life.

Sa­cred Heart Univer­sity plans to start th­ese tours in June 2018, sub­ject to mar­ket­ing and other rel­e­vant ar­range­ments be­ing in place.

Pro­fes­sor Higgins has been ap­pointed as Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Catholic Thought in SHU with the role, amongst oth­ers, of im­ple­ment­ing “new strate­gies of in­struc­tion around the Catholic in­tel­lec­tual tra­di­tion for both fac­ulty and stu­dents”.

Sa­cred heart Univer­sity is cur­rently in the fi­nal stages of pur­chas­ing the for­mer CBS premises in Din­gle.

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