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I teach Christian Spirituality at Tilburg University, School of Catholic Theology, Franciscan Study Center. I hold a Ph.D. (2007) in Medieval History from Radboud University Nijmegen and a Ph.D. (2019) in Medieval Theology from KU Leuven. I published three books, four volumes, and multiple translations in Dutch. My English publications include Franciscan Virtue: Spiritual Growth and the Virtues in Franciscan Literature and Instruction of the Thirteenth Century (Leiden/Boston: 2012) and the edited volumes The Carthusians in the Low Countries: Studies in Monastic History and Heritage (Louvain: 2014), (w. A. Plunkett-Latimer) Shaping Stability: The Normation and Formation of Religious Life in the Middle Ages (Turnhout: 2016), and A Companion to Medieval Rules and Customaries (Leiden/Boston: 2020). I am Chairman of IGTM - International Society for the Study of Medieval Theology (www.medievaltheology.org) and Chief Editor of Franciscan Connections (www.franciscanconnections.com).


2010-  Assistant Professor, Franciscan Spirituality and Medieval History, Tilburg University

          Researcher, Franciscan Spirituality and Ethics

2007-2010 Postdoc, Church History, Tilburg University (Project "Franciscan Virtue")

2002-2007 Junior Researcher, History, Radboud University Nijmegen (Project "The Cardinal Virtues")


2019   Ph.D., Theology, KU Leuven

2019   S.T.D. (Sacrae Theologiae Doctor), KU Leuven

2018   M.A. Education, History, Radboud University Nijmegen

2018   Post Bachelor, Educational Management, NCOI Hogeschool

2017   Post Bachelor, Project Management, NCOI Hogeschool

2017   S.T.L. 2 (Sacrae Theologiae Licentia), KU Leuven

2016   S.T.L. 1 (Sacrae Theologiae Licentia), KU Leuven

2015   S.T.B. (Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus), KU Leuven

2007   Ph.D., History, Radboud University Nijmegen

2006   Qualification, Medieval Studies, Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies

2005   Qualification, Lecturer Higher Education, Radboud University Nijmegen

2003   B.A./M.A. Theology, Church History (cum laude), Radboud University Nijmegen

1998   B.A./M.A. History, Medieval History, Radboud University Nijmegen


Research interests

My research concerns virtue and environmental ethics, character building, Christian moral and spiritual traditions, Franciscan history and spirituality, and religious orders and religious life.

My current research projects are Character Building in the Theological Curriculum, Virtual Virtuosity: Building Character Through Practical Wisdom in a Digital World, and Transitus: A Theology of Discontinuity, Death, and Completion.

Current courses

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* Franciscan Spirituality

* Introduction Spirituality

External positions

Research Spirituality (Titus Brandsma Instituut)

1 May 2022 → …

Research and teaching (Franciscaans Studiecentrum)

31 Aug 2007 → …

Education and research (Stichting Franciscaans Studiecentrum)

1 Aug 2007 → …


  • Ethics
  • Christian Spirituality
  • History Of Middle Ages
  • Franciscan Spirituality
  • Medieval Mysticism
  • Medieval Theology


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