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  • Winter Newsletter of the Loyola Institute 2022-23.
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  • Bridget Clancy Scholarship Awardee (2022-23)
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. Student Emmett O“Regan
  • Remember Their Sin No More - Publication by David J. Shepherd and Richard S. Briggs
  • The Enchantment of the Secular - Prof. W.T. Cavanaugh
  • An Evening with Brian McLaren & Gareth Higgins - Dublin
  • Decision-making in an Uncertain Time. Should you always obey your conscience?
  • Theology and the University - Videos of lectures
  • Loyola Institute Open Evening, Wed 25th May
  • Decision-making in an Uncertain Time. Should you always obey your conscience? Friday June 10th, 2022
  • Theology in a Conversation About Hope
  • Check out the Summer Edition of the Loyola Institute Newsletter
  • 2021

  • Posgtraduate Brochure 2022
  • M.Phil. Graduates 2022
  • Loyola Institute - Studies
  • Congratulations to Dr Mary Stefanazzi
  • Kavanagh is the Catholic poet we should be reading this Advent
  • Congratulations to Dr Alexander O’Hara - Awardee for a Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University for 2021-2022
  • October 6th Lecture - St Columba and the Existential Categories of Displacement and Identity
  • Columcille in Context: Theologians and Historians in Conversation to Commemorate the 15th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Columba of Iona (521/ 2021)
  • July 31st - Closing Date
  • Watch Recent Lectures and Events on Loyola Institute YouTube Channel
  • Power of the Word International Conference VI - 28 June to 2 July 2021, On-line
  • Columcille in Context: Theologians and Historians in Conversation to Commemorate the 15th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Columba of Iona (521/ 2021)
  • Summer Newsletter - 2021
  • Spring Newsletter - 2021
  • Shakespeare and the Jesuits:“no collusion”?
  • Theology Research Colloquium
  • Join our Loyola Institute Open Evening Weds 12th May 7.30- 8.30 PM
  • Theology Research Colloquium
  • Mercy on Stained Glass - follow research via Twitter / instagram
  • PhD Scholarship in Theology and the early Irish Church
  • Welcome Dr Alexander O’Hara, Research Fellow at the Loyola Institute
  • Faith and Ecology Webinars
  • PyeongChang Peace Forum 2021
  • Celebrating ISE at 50 Webinar Series, Floreat ut Pereat
  • Mercy on Stained Glass
  • 2020

  • Congratulations to Kate Oxsen!
  • Prof. Siobhán Garrigan Joins Behind the Headlines
  • New Dual BA Degree with Columbia University
  • New-PhD via Distance Learning
  • Hear our PG Student on his Experience
  • Watch our Online Open Evening Webinar
  • Online Open Evening
  • New Opportunity to Study Theology
  • Job Opportunity
  • Prof. Fainche Ryan interview for RET Radio 1 - Leap of Faith on Friday
  • Prof. Con Casey Doctrine and Life Article
  • Reading Flannery O‘Connor in Spain: ‘Sacred Monstrosities‘
  • The Power of the Word Conference - Postponed until 30th Juneto 3rd July 2021
  • Exciting New Opportunities
  • When Mercy Became Compassionate
  • “Listening to the Essence Of Things“: Theology, language and meaning in the context of Laudato Si
  • LOYOLA INSTITUTE LECTURE: Christian Hope Facing Secular Fatalism
  • CLOSED: The Power of the Word Conference - 1st to 4th July 2020 - CALL FOR PAPERS
  • 2019

  • Trinity and the Changing City: Took Place on Thursday 20th February at 6.30 pm in the Long Room Hub at Trinity (near the Arts Block)
  • HOPE in this time of need. The faith I love the best, says God, is hope
  • Dante, the Comedy and Greed - Radix omnium malorum
  • Loyola Institute and the Kircher Network
  • M.Phil. Students in St Apollinaire en Classe
  • Loyola Institute Summer Newsletter
  • M.Phil. in Christian Theology Graduates 2018-19
  • Director of Loyola Institute elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin
  • Into Great Silence: 2 pm on May 1st, 2019
  • English and Scottish Catholics in Ireland - 24th April 2019
  • Unveiling the History of the Irish Nun: Opportunities for Research and Innovation. Loyola Ins. Lecture took place on 27th March, 2019 at 7.30pm
  • To Whistle Creation
  • Ph.D. Scholarship Awarded
  • Compostela. The Camino de Santiago and Christian Identity
  • Loyola Graduate Publication
  • Evening and Short Courses 2019-2020
  • Singing and Prayer in the Middle Ages
  • 2018

  • Winter Newsletter 2018
  • The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece - Free Online Course
  • Scholarships: Apply for a Scholarship
  • Fully Human, Fully Christian, Fully Alive - can God's glory be announced in the 21st Century?
  • M.Phil. Christian Theology 2018
  • Amoris Laetitia - 2018
  • 'Doing theology in dangerous times'
  • The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)
  • Our Ancient Future - The Conference of European University Chaplains - Dublin - 2018
  • Merciful and Gracious: The Face of God
  • Celebration of the work of the Trinity Long Room Hub
  • Spring Newsletter 2018
  • Prof. David Shepherd - New Trinity Fellow 2018
  • Catholic Teaching on War and Peace: Old Problems and New Directions
  • Who Speaks for Christianity and Islam?.
  • CaraFest - A festival of faith and reconciliation
  • Brexit and Europe, a political and spiritual challenge.
  • PODCAST:'Stand Upright and Raise Your Head': Doing Theology in Dangerous Times.
  • 'Stand Upright and Raise Your Head': Doing Theology in Dangerous Times.
  • League of European Research Universities (LERU) meeting in Helsinki Dec 2017.
  • 2017

  • Trinity Open Day - Saturday, 9th December 2017
  • 'Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions' Unit
  • Factions, Fears and Fake News
  • Autumn NewsLetter
  • 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation 31st October 1517
  • Jansenism: Friend or Foe?
  • Mature Student Open Evening
  • Blessed are the peacemakers: The depiction of Jesus in American and German cinema before and after the Great War
  • The Power of Christ Compels You! - Catholic Priests in 1970s Horror Films
  • Loyola Institute Conference to Honour John Main
  • Faith Seeking Understanding
  • 'Laity and the Church in the Irish Catholic'
  • Thomisticum Symposium, Porto
  • 'Green Values, Religion and Secularism - Moving beyond the enlightenment division between science and religion'
  • 'The David Fragments'
  • Dr. Mary Stefanazzi
  • CAO Change of Mind until 1st July
  • RTE News Now Report
  • Professor Bruce Morrill SJ - Liturgy's Humility: Service from and to Christian Poverty of Spirit
  • The Dominic Barberi Studentship
  • Sean O'Riordan Scholarships for MPhil in Christian Theology
  • Loyola Institute Spring Newsletter
  • Becoming Global Citizens: studying in the School of Religion,Theology, and Peace Studies
  • The Book of Kells - Workshop for Religious Education Teachers
  • Behind the Headlines - Monday 20 March 2017 - Edmund Burke Lecture Theatre, 6.30 pm
  • Our First PhD Viva!
  • A Question of Faith with Wendy Grace
  • Announced as a New Fellow of Trinity College
    Archived Events:[/summary] Creative intersection of theology, Church and society.

    The central concern of the Loyola is the creative intersection of theology, Church and society.
    The Loyola Institute hosted a major international conference on The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence? in 2016. This conference was featured on RTÉ News Now .

    Report on Loyola Institute Conference, by Joe Little for RTE News Now

    Download the conference newsletter here

    New scholarship for a PhD on The Intersection of Theology, Church and Society

    The Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin is pleased to announce a new PhD Scholarship which wilfully cover the university's fees, plus an annual award of 13,000 Euro for maintenance, for a period of three years. This scholarship is being offered for a PhD which will build on the theme of a recent major international conference organised by the Loyola Institute, entitled The Role of the Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?


  • Creative Intersection of Theology, Church and Society
  • Symposium The Reformation 1517-2017 February 17th - 18th
  • Loyola Institute at TCD Postgraduate Open Day - 1st February 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
  • The Book of Kells - A resource for Christian Faith
  • Aquinas and Analythic Philosophy
  • Come and attend a Lecture and Talk with some of Our Students
  • Pre: 2017

    The Irish School of Ecumenics and the Loyola Institute present:

    Faith, Secularism and Humanitarian Engagement:

    A lecture by Alastair Ager, Director of the Institute of Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Professor of Population and Family Health, Columbia University. Event details: Date: 7 December Time: 6:00 pm Location: Irish School of Ecumenics/Loyola Institute Building All Welcome!

    For further information please contact Prof Siobhan Garrigan Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology/Head of School - Religion, Theology and Peace Studies.

    Theology at Trinity College Open Day Sat 10th Dec

    You are invited to join us at 11.00 or 13.00 for two ten minute pop-up lectures on the theme Perspectives on Social Justice:

    How Theology Might Respond to Global Warming - by Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics Jacob Erickson.

    How Theology Helps Us Think About Human Dignity by Assistant Professor Katie Dunne.

    These will be followed by a ten minute session where some of our students will talk about their experience of Catholic Theological Studies.




    Assembly 2016

    Sponsored by: Support Network of Catholic Health Care Chaplains (SNCHC)


    Dr Fáinche Ryan, of the Loyola Institute, delivered a keynote address at the 2016 Assembly of the Catholic Health Care Chaplains (SNCHC).

    Title of Paper: The Virtue of Theological Reflection

    Thursday, October 6, 2016

    10.30 hrs – 16.00 hrs

    Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

    (Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 is approximately 15 minutes walk from Heuston Station, and approximately 7 minutes walk from the Suir Road Luas Stop)




    AS MIGRATION issues continue to challenge the churches, governments and local populations of Europe, a good crowd is expected for Dr David Shepherd’s lecture, ‘Rethinking Refugees: Old Testament Wisdom for a World in Turmoil’.

    Date: September 24th.

    Time: 10am.

    Place: Kill O’ the Grange Parish Hall.

    This is the Annual Lecture sponsored by the Biblical Association for the Church of Ireland, and will be followed by the AGM.

    CAO Change of Mind - Closing Date 1stJuly


    To register for "CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME: Towards an Integrated Perspective on Society ad Environment"


    Religious Education Leaving Certificate Revision Dayrevisiondaymay2016


    Events are on Monday, 2nd May 2016and Saturday 7th May, 2016- 10.30am – 4.30pm are now completely booked.

    Please note that previously advertised session for Monday, 2nd May has been completely booked out:

    Invitation to school students to attend a lecture in Theology at the Loyola Institute

    Screening of 'The Gospel According to Guy'


    Poetry Reading with Martha Serpas:


    Fearless Mercy: Aquinas beyond Aristotle

    Lecture by Professor John O'Callaghan of Notre Dame University

    Loyola Institute, Trinity College — Monday March 7th2016


    World expert on Thomas Aquinas Professor John P. O’Callaghan from the University of Notre Dame spoke at the Loyola Institute TCD last night as one of the events to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.

    Aquinas may have lived more than 700 years ago, but according to Professor O’Callaghan:“We Thomists don’t study Aquinas merely because we find his thought historically interesting, although it is. We study it because we think lasting truth is to be found there.” Professor John P. O’Callaghan spoke on Aquinas’s perspective on mercy “One is most like God not when one fears for oneself but when through love one sorrows with one’s friends at their injuries and hardships, not one’s own.”

    The lecture was attended by students of the Loyola Institute in TCD, and other Trinity students, as well as members of the public and students from Notre Dame who are currently studying in Trinity.

    Visiting Notre Dame students John Nolan and Kathryn O’Callaghan with Professor John O’Callaghan Notre Dame University and Dr Fáinche Ryan, Loyola Institute TCD after Professor John O’Callaghan’s lecture at the Loyola Institute on Fearless Mercy: Aquinas beyond Aristotle.


    Visiting Notre Dame students Michelle Kim and Steven Dougherty with Professor John O’Callaghan Notre Dame University and Dr Fáinche Ryan, Loyola Institute TCD after Professor John O’Callaghan’s lecture at the Loyola Institute on Fearless Mercy: Aquinas beyond Aristotle.

    Background data about John O’Callaghan

    John O’Callaghan is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and the director of the Jacques Maritain Center. He is a permanent member of the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas. O’Callaghan is the author of the frequently cited article on Thomas Aquinas found in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

    Background data about The Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin

    The Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin is dedicated to reflecting academically on Christian faith, social justice and contemporary culture in the context of the Catholic tradition. A new Institute – established in 2012 – the Loyola Institute was described on its launch as “a milestone in the institutional development of Catholic theology in Ireland” by Trinity College Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast. Through the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin offers an undergraduate degree in Catholic Theology. It also offers taught and research degrees at postgraduate level.

    Location: The ISE/Loyola Institute Building (Old Physiology Building) Trinity College Dublin – click here for map. Queries to (01) 896 4790

    Lenten Lecture Series 2016

    Book of Kells...A Theological Reading


    The Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s major tourist attractions with over 600,000 visitors last year. This famous book can be appreciated on many different levels. To arrive at a theological reading of the Book of Kells, we must learn to read and understand its rich artistic iconography. For example many appreciate the Book of Kells’ wonderful depictions of animals – snakes, peacocks, lions, hares and mice. But according to Dr Con Casey of the Loyola Institute: “These animal figures also carry deeper meaning. They themselves are part of the telling of a theological narrative, the story of human salvation. The lion, for example, often appears issuing a many-coloured breath from his mouth. In the background are the contemporary Bestiaries, books of animal stories. There it is said that lion cubs are born dead. The male lion after three days returns, breathes upon them and life enters their limbs.”

    This series of Lenten Lectures by the Loyola Institute will be principally concerned with understanding the theological significance of this iconography.

    Queries to (01) 896 4790

    Talks by Dr Shepherd

    Dr. Shepherd talks about a peculiar biblical text (Numbers 5) in a workshop on ‘Magic, Ritual and Text’ at the University of Helsinki, 14-15 April, 2015. To read more about the workshop, click here.

    Dr. Shepherd talks about the spectacle of the supernatural in a symposium on ‘Exodus and the 21st Century Bible Film’, 26-27 March, 2015. To read more about this symposium, click here.

    Professor Siobhán Garrigan will be one of the speakers at this year's Poetry Now Festival at Dun Laoghaire this week and at the weekend.

    Catch her introducing the headline event on Saturday evening, with David Ferry, Peter Fallon and Vincent Woods, or at any of the poetry events throughout the festival.

    Dr. Shepherd to speak on Thursday Feb 19 in Lenten film series

    Dr. Shepherd on the new film Exodus: Gods and Kings RTE Radio 1 Extra

    Dr. Shepherd joined Emer Horgan to discuss Ridley Scott’s latest film and how it interprets the Moses/Exodus tradition.

    Biblical Studies Research Seminar

    Co-organized by the Loyola Institute and the Department of Religions & Theology, the Biblical Studies Research Seminar provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of biblical studies research produced by staff and postgraduate students of the College as well as distinguished visitors from Ireland and around the wider scholarly world. The seminar aims to nurture an environment which is both constructively critical and collegial and is open to all with a serious interest in biblical studies beyond the undergraduate level.

    Fridays from 10:00 - 12:00 A.M. in the Long Room Hub.

    Visit to Monasterboice


    On Friday November 21st the Loyola students, accompanied by Dr Cornelius Casey, Dr Alexandra Grieser and Dr Fáinche Ryan, made a field trip to Monasterboice. The field trip was a follow up to the material covered in recent lectures. The High Crosses in Monasterboice have a unique way of telling the story of human corruption and human salvation. Despite the rain, the whole occasion was enjoyable and informative.

    Essay Competition

    The Loyola Institute is running an essay competition for all senior cycle students in secondary schools. Win an iPad! Please email all entries to

    Inaugural Lecture by Professor Siobhán Garrigan

    The Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,Professor Darryl Jones
    Requests the pleasure of your company at the Inaugural Lecture by:
    Professor Siobhán Garrigan, B.A. Hons (Oxon), S.T.M (Columbia, NYC), Ph.D. (Milltown, Dublin),
    Loyola Professor of Catholic Theology

    Title: Theology and Homelessness

    Thursday 23rd October 2014 at 6pm in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

    Irish Biblical Association Autumn Conference

    Dr David Shepherd will speak at the Irish Biblical Association Annual Conference on
    Wednesday 22nd October 2014. > (Doc 14.2KB)

    All Hallows College Autumn Series of Public Talks 2014

    Wednesday 1st October: The Joy of the Gospel: Context and Overview by Rev. Eamonn Conway, PhD
    Wednesday 8th October: The Joy of the Gospel and Implications for Ministry by Dr. Fáinche Ryan, PhD
    Wednesday 15th October: The Joy of the Gospel and Irish Church Renewal by Gerry O'Hanlon, SJ, PhD
    Wednesday 22nd October: The Joy of the Gospel: Pope Francis and Justice by Ethna Regan, CHF, PhD

    Venue: Room 4, Purcell House, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, from 7.30-9.00pm.
    Admission: 10 Euros of 30 Euros for the series. Booking:; 01-8520742

    Milltown Institute, Dublin: Inaugural Lecture for the Academic Year 2014-2015

    Title: Loneliness: Theology’s Last Taboo
    Professor Siobhán Garrigan, Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology, Trinity College Dublin

    Wednesday 15th October 2014 at 7.30pm in The Arrupe Room, Milltown Park, Milltown, Dublin 6

    RSVP (as places are limited) to by 10th October 2014

    Launch meeting of the Association of Catholics in Ireland.

    Prof. Siobhán Garrigan, Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology, will give one of the keynote addresses at the launch meeting of the Association of Catholics in Ireland.
    The title for the event is 'Starting a National Conversation', with a focus on progressive and lay leadership of the church in the coming decade.
    The other keynote address will be given by Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB.

    Saturday the 11th October 2014 in the Regency Hotel, Dublin. Registration 10.30 a.m. All are welcome.

    Cork Theology Forum 10th Anniversary Gathering

    On Being Human: Created after God's image and likeness

    Saturday 11th October 2014 in Sacred Heart Hall, Western Road, Cork from 9.30-1.00pm

    Annual One-Day Inservice for Religion Teachers

    What Catholics Believe, led by Dr Con Casey and Dr. Fáinche Ryan

    Friday 10th October 2014 in Nano Nagle Retreat Centre, Killavullen, Mallow, Co. Cork, from 10.00-2.00pm

    Cost: 15 Euros including lunch

    Biblical (and Cognate) Studies Research Seminar

    Sirach and Creation: Prof. Jeremy Corley

    Friday 10th October 2014 in Trinity Long Room Hub, from 10.00-12.00pm