The article provides an overview of the development of the academic study of spirituality in Ireland, with particular reference to the changing relationship between theology and spirituality. The outline serves as a compass for mapping equivalent developments internationally. The new disciplinary partnership which is being forged with educational theory and practice in the unfolding development of spirituality is explored. Particular attention is paid to ht principle of transformational learning. Thus the learning which the programme aims to facilitate extends beyond a mere comprehensive knowledge of spirituality literature and disciplinary identity of spirituality to embrace learning by contemplative engagement.