Dr. Eileen Flanagan
Recently promoted to the rank of Professor Emeritaat Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania, I have engaged with undergraduate theology students and graduate students in the pastoral counseling and spiritual direction programs. Some courses I have taught are: Theological Foundations, Francis and Clare: Images of Spiritual Growth, Theology for Pastoral Identity, Discernment and Decision Making, Developmental Models of Psychology and Spirituality, Spiritual Direction: Engaging Traditions and Cultural Challenges. I also coordinated the Spiritual Direction Practicum and oversee the student program for the Certificate of Advanced Study in Spiritual Direction Supervision.
I have been part of the Neumann Community since 1990 when I assisted in the creation and design of Neumann's Spiritual Direction Program. In 2006 and 2008, I also served as adjunct faculty at St. John’s University, School of Theology, at Collegeville, Minnesota and, in 2012, at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant, during the winter of 2011 I conducted a research project on Spiritual Care in Healthcare Contexts at All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland.
Current areas of my scholarly research and writing include: the spirituality of Clare of Assisi, the establishment of the Poor Clares in the United States, the contemporary practice of spiritual direction, and spiritual care in healthcare contexts.