John Moriarty Institute for
Ecology and Spirituality
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.
Activities of the Institute
Life of John Moriarty
John Moriarty (1938-2007) was an Irish writer, poet, and philosopher who left a remarkable body of ideas to unravel and reflect upon.
In the 1970s he lived again in Ireland to work as a gardener in Connemara, where he experienced bog land, native forests, and rough coastal shores, an environment shaped through time rather than by human interference.
Books by John Moriarty
- DreamtimeDublin: The Lilliput Press, 1994 - revised 1999.
- Turtle Was Gone a Long Time: Crossing the KedronDublin: The Lilliput Press, 1996.
- Horsehead Nebula NeighingDublin: The Lilliput Press, 1997.
- Anaconda CanoeDublin: The Lilliput Press 1999.
- Nostos (autobiography)Dublin: The Lilliput Press 2001.
- Invoking Ireland: Ailiu Iath n-hErendDublin: The Lilliput Press, 2005.
- Slí na FírinneSlí na Fírinne Publishing, 2006.
- Night Journey to Buddh GaiaDublin: The Lilliput Press, 2006.
- Serious SoundsSlí na Fírinne Publishing, 2006.
- Urbi et OrbiSlí na Fírinne Publishing, 2006.
- What The Curlew Said (Notros continued)Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 2007.
- One Evening in EdenDublin: The Lilliput Press, 2007.
John Moriarty Institute Administration
He has been a columnist, a radio documentary maker, a television commentator on Vatican affairs, and a regular contributor to Commonweal magazine, and a commentator for the Irish Catholic. He was the chief advisor for the widely acclaimed TV series, Sir Peter Ustinov’s Inside the Vatican.
Dr. Higgins has been studying, writing about, and has given numerous lectures on John Moriarty and has found his audience in the United States, Canada, and Ireland to be very receptive to Moriarty’s ideas. Dr. Higgins’ recent publications of other important 20th century thinkers has allowed him to place Moriarty’s ideas in context.
- Heretic Blood: The Spiritual Geography of Thomas Merton (Wipf and Stock, 2016).
- Jean Vanier: Logician of the Heart (People of God) (Liturgical Press, 2016)
- The Unquiet Monk: Thomas Merton’s Questing Faith (Orbis Books, 2015)
- Thomas Merton: Faithful Visionary (People of God) (Liturgical Press, 2014)
- With Kevin Burns, Genius Born of Anguish: The Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen (Paulist Press, 2012)
Dr. Michael W. Higgins
Executive Director of the John Moriarty Institute
Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought