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Director - New Appointee - 2020

As its new Director, I’m delighted to introduce you to the Institute, which is dedicated to education and research in theology in the expansive Catholic tradition. Our central concern is the creative intersection where theology, church, and society meet.

Theology is a fascinating and vital subject. It challenges students to think critically and creatively across a wide range of disciplines, always looking to keep the ‘bigger picture’ in view. And it encourages students to think for themselves about pressing questions of ultimate value. It draws our attention to what a prominent social philosopher has called “an awareness of what is missing”.

At the Loyola Institute at Trinity College, Dublin, we offer taught programmes in Christian Theology, an M.Phil. and a postgraduate Certificate. We also offer research degrees at M.Litt. and Ph.D. level. It is possible for students to audit individual courses. For more information on our programmes please follow this. The Institute regularly hosts major international speakers who are world leaders in their fields; many of these events are open to the public.

We welcome students with a diversity of backgrounds and interests, from Ireland and across the world. At the Loyola Institute you will find a lively and welcoming community. Our small class sizes offer ample opportunity for questions, vibrant discussion, and the acquisition of dialogue and debating skills.

The Loyola Institute is a part of the School of Religion, Theology and Peace Studies in Trinity College, Dublin.

The Loyola Institute is grateful for the generous support of the Loyola Trust which represents a number of religious orders: Augustinians, Carmelites (O.Carm.), Columbans, Jesuits, Loreto Sisters, Marists, Oblates, Society of African Missions.

With every best wish,

Dr Michael Kirwan SJ

Director of the Loyola Institute and Assistant Professor in Catholic Theology

School of Religion, Theology and Peace Studies.

Our Mission

This School of Trinity College Dublin tackles the questions facing humanity by seeking to understand the roles of religion, peace-making and theology in both their historical settings and contemporary life.
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Our History

We continue a tradition of scholarship that goes back to the very foundation of Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin.
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Our People

Through our research and teaching we are equipping students to respond to the challenges and to address the emerging needs of these faith communities in a manner that is informed, relevant, reasoned and pastoral.
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