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This Institute is dedicated to education and research in theology in the Catholic tradition

Welcome to the Loyola Institute.


The Loyola Institute is dedicated to teaching and research in theology in the Catholic tradition. TCD now has an Institute specialising in theology in the Catholic tradition and this is quite new. It means that TCD joins a host of great Universities across the UK, Europe and the United States where the study of religion is undertaken with real diversity of complementary methodologies.


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Any queries please contact the Executive Officer at or phone 01/8964790


(The Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute is situated at the East end of campus. Convenient entrance is via
Lincoln Place or Pearse Street gates see map)


Information on recent media events can be found in the following links:

The Ecumenical Bible Week held from Sunday, 8th June celebrated and honoured the centrality of Scripture within all traditions with a week of activities centred on the Bible in various locations. David Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Hebrew / Old Testament at the Loyola Institute & TCD & Author spoke on the topic of "Bible and Film". See full programme

YouTube video of the second lecture in the Bill Casey series Raids on the Articulate: Theology and Poetry - "Name and Nature: Who do you say that I am?" with John F Deane Lecture with John Deane

Podcast from Newstalk on 'Talking History' - Servant of God and social activist Dorothy Day Newstalk Talking History

Item on RTE news player: Pope Francis marks first year in office RTE newsplayer

Item on RTE news player: Dr Cornelius Casey and Dr Fainche Ryan contribute to the programme "Lent begins today" RTE Lent Begins

The Loyola Institute ran an essay competition for Senior Cycle students in Michaelmas term, 2013. Rachel Feeney, a student at Mount Mercy College, Cork was the winner and received her prize (an iPad) from the Registrar Professor Shane Allwright in a ceremony on campus on February 26th, 2014. The School Principal, Padraigin Ui Riordain and Rachel's Religious Education teacher, Therese Hogan, accompanied Rachel on the day.

essay winner photo

Pictured above from left to right: Sr Rionach Donlon (Loyola Institute Trust); Dr Cornelius Casey (Director, Loyola Institute); Registrar Professor Shane Allwright; Rachel Feeney (Mount Mercy College, Cork); Therese Hogan (R.E. Teacher, Mount Mercy College, Cork); Dr Fainche Ryan, (Loyola Institute) and Padraigin Ui Riordain (School Principal, Mount Mercy College, Cork)


The Loyola Institute is dedicated to education and research in theology in the Catholic tradition.  This Institute was established in 2011 by the Board of Trinity College Dublin.  The establishment of this new Institute means that TCD joins a host of great Universities across the UK, Europe, and the United States in this field of study.

Theology in the Catholic tradition is a centuries old pursuit but there are always new challenges. The marvellous restatement of Catholic thought and identity that made up the documents and declarations of the Second Vatican Council fifty years ago could scarcely have come about without the decades of research into theology that preceded the Council.  Today, fifty years on, theology in the Catholic tradition is a very vigorous intellectual pursuit, engaged with many of the vital issues of the day.  To mention one:  we live in a more globalised world than ever previously. Diverse cultures and diverse religious traditions interact with one another more vigorously than ever before. The importance of genuine inter-religious dialogue and interreligious understanding is obvious. One of the best ways of pursuing this is to seek fuller understanding of one’s own religious tradition or the traditions that have shaped the culture in which one is a participant, - and then move out from there. This is just one of the urgent and relevant preoccupations of contemporary theological studies and will continue to be an interest of the Loyola Institute.  The first undergraduate programme, a Moderatorship in Catholic Theological Studies (CAO TR030) Single Honours, has now started with the first intake in September 2013: See here for details.

Short Courses Available - See here for details





Last updated 23 October 2014 (Email).