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Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin, situated in the School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies, began its academic mission of teaching and research in theology in the Catholic Christian tradition in 2012. This year marks the tenth year of this project.  

What better way to celebrate ten years of the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin, than with the hosting of A Festival of Theology,  taking as its theme ‘Theology and the University, the challenges, the relevance, the difficulties’? The conference will consider such questions as ‘what is a university for?’ ‘What role can theology play in the life of a university, of society, of the church’ ‘What about the critical role of academic freedom?’ ‘How does the academic study of theology differ from the various other academic approaches to the study of religion?

The Festival will open at 6pm on Thursday 19th May 2022 with a Public Lecture by the inaugural Director, Prof Cornelius Casey, entitled ‘Theology in a Conversation about Hope’. This will be followed by a drinks reception.

For further details please consult the Conference Programme which is available below.

Speakers include:

    Prof. Dirk Ansorge, Sankt Georgen, Frankfurt
    Prof. Lieven Boeve, KU Leuven, Belgium
    Prof. Serge-Thomas Bonino, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome
    Prof. Cornelius Casey, Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin
    Prof. Michael Conway, Professor of Faith and Culture, Pontifical University, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
    Prof. Massimo Faggioli, Villanova University
    Prof. Michael Kirwan, Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin
    Prof. Josef Quitterer, University of Innsbruck
    Prof. Ethna Regan, Dublin City University
    Prof. Sharon Rider, Uppsala University, Sweden
    Prof. Fáinche Ryan, Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin
    Prof. Robert J. Wozniak, Pontifical Academy of Theology, Kraków


The Conference will be held in the JM Synge Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin.


'Early Bird' special, €60 euro until May 2nd [Otherwise €75.00 for full conference]

Student rate €30

Friday OR Saturday only - €40.00

This Conference is sponsored by the Loyola Institute Trust to mark the retirement of the Founding Director, Prof. Cornelius Casey, and 10 years of the Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin.

Register here Programme Speaker details and abstracts