Congratulations to Kate Oxsen!
Kate Oxsen, studying with the Loyola Institute and who is completing her Ph.D. with Prof. David Shepherd, has been appointed to a tenure track position in biblical studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
Prof. Siobhán Garrigan Joins Behind the Headlines
Trinity Long Room Hub’s Behind the Headlines series resumes with Head of School, Professor Siobhán Garrigan, speaking on theology’s wisdom for facing radical uncertainty. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 6th October at 7.00pm. Click the link to register.
New Dual BA Degree with Columbia University
The School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies is pleased to announce our new Dual BA Degree between Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University in the City of New York. The programme allows students to earn a Dual BA from two of the world’s leading universities, spending two years at each and earning undergraduate degrees from both. Follow the link to learn more, or contact email@example.com.
New-PhD via Distance Learning
The School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies is now taking applications for PhD studies via distance learning. This path allows students to study towards their research degree from their residential location, while participating in required modules and partaking in the School’s postgraduate and research community via online activities. Visit our PhD page to learn more.
Hear our PG Student on his Experience
Listen to our current MPhil postgrad Paul Corcoran talk about his experience of studying theology at the Loyola Institute this year
Watch our Online Open Evening Webinar
Watch here to hear about our exciting postgraduate courses in Theology: the Postgraduate Certificate and the MPhil, from our lecturers and current students. All of this information is also here to read on the relevant dedicated pages. The application deadline is Friday 31 July, and courses start on Monday 28th September.
Online Open Evening
Join our Online Open Evening Zoom Webinar on Thursday 16th July at 6:00pm to hear more about this exciting course and the scholarships available! This will also be streamed Live on Facebook.
New Opportunity to Study Theology
Starting on Monday September 28th there is an opportunity to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Christian Theology. Modules are shared with the MPhil students. You will study two compulsory modules Readings in Classical Theological Texts and Jesus of Nazareth: Son, Christ, Word (Monday evenings, first semester). You must also study one optional module. In the first term the optional module offered is Theology and the Arts (Thursday evenings). The optional modules to be offered in the second term are still to be confirmed. More details see LINK
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Loyola Trust the Loyola Institute is pleased to announce that the School seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor to teach and supervise in theology in the Catholic tradition. As well as contributing to the School’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught courses in theology, the appointed person will be expected to supervise MPhil and PhD dissertations, to participate across the range of School activities and especially to contribute to the development of the Loyola Institute.
A full job description and details can be found here
Prof. Fainche Ryan interview for RET Radio 1 - Leap of Faith on Friday
Fainche Ryan joined Tom Holland, historian and author of ‘Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind’ on RTE Radio 1 The Leap of Faith in a Covid inspired discussion on ‘the moral question’ and what is ‘the right thing to do’. Listen back here.
Prof. Con Casey Doctrine and Life Article
Given our current global situation, Christian hope is an important and timely subject of academic reflection. This is taken up by Prof. Con Casey in his article ‘How Deep Are the Well-springs of Hope,’ published in the latest edition of Doctrine and Life (Vol 70, May-June 2020). You can find this inspiring article here.
Reading Flannery O‘Connor in Spain: ‘Sacred Monstrosities‘
A new collection of essays on the American writer Flannery O’Connor has been published. The volume demonstrates the enormous interest in her ‘southern gothic’ fiction, and its relevance for today. Michael Kirwan’s essay, ‘Ulysses on the Liffey’: Sacred Monstrosities in O’Connor and Joyce’ explores the connections between O’Connor and James Joyce.
The Power of the Word Conference - Postponed until 30th Juneto 3rd July 2021
The sixth Power of the Word Conference has been postponed due to the COVID 19 pandemic until 2021. The conference will be rescheduled to take place here in the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin. For more information follow the attached link.
Exciting New Opportunities
Thinking with hope towards the next academic year, and seeing students once more face to face, we want to bring to your attention the new brochure outlining opportunities for the study of theology at the Loyola Institute. As well as the MPhil in Christian Theology, from September 2020 students can study for a postgraduate Diploma, or a postgraduate Certificate, in Christian theology, in the Catholic tradition, at the Loyola Institute.
When Mercy Became Compassionate
Prof John O’Callaghan, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, gave a public lecture titled: When Mercy Became Compassionate. This free public lecture which took place on Monday 9th March at 7:30pm in the Loyola Institute (Room G16).
“Listening to the Essence Of Things“: Theology, language and meaning in the context of Laudato Si
Prof Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies at Roehampton University, gave a public lecture titled: “Listening to the Essence of Things“: Theology, language and meaning in the context of Laudato Si.
This free public lecture took place next Wednesday 19th February at 7:30pm in the Loyola Institute (Room G16).
LOYOLA INSTITUTE LECTURE: Christian Hope Facing Secular Fatalism
The role of the church in a pluralist society is a narrative that is being written by many people at many different levels of the church. In this context on Friday 31 January, Prof Graham Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford delivered the inaugural Loyola Institute lecture. This was followed by the launch of the book The Church in Pluralist Society: Social and Political Roles, by Bishop of Cloyne, William Crean.
CLOSED: The Power of the Word Conference - 1st to 4th July 2020 - CALL FOR PAPERS
‘The Call of Literature: Theology, Philosophy and Literature in Conversation’. The sixth Power of the Word Conference will explore aspects of the ‘call of literature’, for authors and audiences alike. The conference will take place here in the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin. For more information follow the attached link.
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)
The story of Christianity in Dublin, and that of Christianity and Dublin, as it emerged over the centuries is a fascinating one. Speakers included Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History at St Patrick’s College Maynooth. The event was chaired by Dr Cornelius Casey, Associate Director of the Loyola Institute at Trinity
HOPE in this time of need. The faith I love the best, says God, is hope
Prof. Cornelius Casey (Loyola Institute), addressed the subject of Hope in our Loyola Lecture on Weds 20th November. ”Optimism is not enough in a time of need. Optimism shatters easily enough in dire need; on a personal level, (’will it turn out well for me?’) or concerning our human Planet, (how will it turn out for us?). Hope is different, deeper, tougher, more persistent. In Christian terms it is a foundational virtue, - faith, hope, love. ’The faith I love the best, says God, is hope’. (Charles Peguy) . Can hope be learned, cultivated? Can we be schooled in hope? How is it practised in this time of need?“ The podcast of this lecture is now available on Soundcloud here.
Dante, the Comedy and Greed - Radix omnium malorum
Prof. Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, Fellow Emerita, Italian Department. This event took place on Wednesday 2 October, 7:30pm Loyola Institute, School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies, Room G16
Loyola Institute and the Kircher Network
The first official General Assembly of the Kircher Network, the family of Jesuit institutions of higher education in Europe and the Near East, met in Innsbruck, Austria, from the 7th to the 9th of July 2019. It provided a valuable opportunity to meet with rectors and deans of the institutions that form the Kircher Network. Of particular interest to the Loyola Institute was the meeting of the theological institutions.
Each time Pinocchio told a lie, his nose grew long. So we have all come to believe, from the popular films and stories which have grown out of Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. The original story is more complex. ..’ Thus began Dr Fainche Ryan’s article on the importance of truth-telling in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.
M.Phil. Students in St Apollinaire en Classe
Loyola students from the MPhil module in Theology and Art - Lian Gu, Mary Ellen Hawkey, Amanda Dillon (Adjunct Lecturer), Patrick Logue, Miriam Hennessy and Dorothy Glennon in St Apollinaire en Classe, Ravenna.
Loyola Institute Summer Newsletter
It has been another busy term at the Loyola Institute, with our first M.Phil. students graduating, and our research seminars really picking up momentum. For more of Loyola’s activities, see our Newsletter
M.Phil. in Christian Theology Graduates 2018-19
Loyola Institute M.Phil. graduates Anne Potter, Edith O’Nuallain, Leslie Flores, Eoin Walshe and Paul McManus throw their caps in the air, watched by Loyola Institute Director Dr Fainche Ryan and Dr Con Casey. For more information on the M.Phil. see here.
Director of Loyola Institute elected a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin
Newly elected Trinity College Fellow Dr Fainche Ryan (in centre) with, from left, Dr Cornelius Casey Associate Director Loyola Institute, Trinity College Provost Patrick Prendergast, Trinity College Registrar Professor Paula Murphy and Professor Paul O’Grady, Department of Philosophy Trinity College Dublin.
Into Great Silence: 2 pm on May 1st, 2019
As part of Trinity Week 2019, theme of SILENCE, the Loyola Institute hosted a screening of the award winning film. When this film was proposed in 1984, the Carthusians wanted time to think. Sixteen years later Philip Groning was permitted to document the life of the Grande Chartreuse monastery. The result is a work of contemplation, a promise of transcendence, a journey into a world of ritualistic repetition. This screening offered an opportunity to experience the silence of Carthusian life.
English and Scottish Catholics in Ireland - 24th April 2019
This is the last Loyola Lecture of this academic year. Brian Mac Cuarta SJ, the Jesuit Archivist in Rome, addressed us on the theme of English and Scottish Catholics in Ireland.
Unveiling the History of the Irish Nun: Opportunities for Research and Innovation. Loyola Ins. Lecture took place on 27th March, 2019 at 7.30pm
Loyola Lecture Series was delighted to welcome Prof. Deirdre Raftery, Professor of the history of education at UCD, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Prof. Raftery is author of Nano Nagle; the Life and the Legacy (2018). Deirdre Raftery was Fulbright Scholar in the Humanities (2015-2016), at Boston College and a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford in 2010. She is a Life Member of the University of Cambridge.
To Whistle Creation
“To Whistle Creation” is the enigmatic title that Aidan Matthews, poet and drama producer at RTE had chosen for his Loyola Lecture. What promised to be a thought provoking lecture Aidan addressed the issue of the Church - ‘the Swiss Robinson Family focus: how to turn an irreversible shipwreck into a temporary tree-house, and why not to’. The Lecture took place in the Loyola Institute/ISE Building. Aidan has been educated by Jesuits since he was eight. After being both a Shinner and a Trinner at UCD and TCD, he studied under Rene Girard at Stanford when Silicon Valley was still a dairy farm. Born in Donnybrook, when the milk-floats were horse-led, he continues to work there in the RTE Radio Centre. His most recent books are Fasting and Feasting (Veritas), a response to those identical twins, Christmas and Easter, and Strictly No Poetry (Lilliput), poems about the church, the culture, and the culture wars, by a Roaming Catholic. He is married to Trish Bourden, who has gifted him with two children and a kidney, for almost forty years.
Ph.D. Scholarship Awarded
Congratulations to Marcus Gaffney, the recipient of a scholarship being offered for a Ph.D. building on the theme of an international conference organised by the Loyola Institute, entitled The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence
Compostela. The Camino de Santiago and Christian Identity
Loyola Lecture Series was delivered by Prof. Piotr Roszak (Copernicus University, Torun, Poland) took place on Wednesday 13th Feb 2019 at 7.30 pm, here in the Loyola Institute/ISE Building, TCD, Room G16.
Loyola Graduate Publication
Congratulations to Dr Mary Stefanazzi on her recent publication in New Blackfriars Victor White OP: War and the Narrative of Human Flourishing. You can read the article here.
Evening and Short Courses 2019-2020
Evening and Short Courses brochure for academic year 2019-2020 are available at this link. Please note that the School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies offerings are in the brochure from page 32. If you have any questions regarding any of our modules, please feel free to contact the Loyola Institute by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01 896 4790.
Singing and Prayer in the Middle Ages
On Wednesday 28th November 2019, at 7.30pm , Loyola Lecture, Room G16. Dr Ann Buckley addressed the topic of Singing and Prayer in the Middle Ages.
Winter Newsletter 2018
Lots going on at the Loyola Institute. Why not read the Winter Newsletter to get a flavour of our activities.
DOES COMMON GOOD MEAN ANYTHING?
On Wednesday 31st October 2018, at 7.30 pm, we welcome Dr. Patrick Riordan S.J. to the Loyola Institute. Dr. Riordan is currently Dean of Discipline and Fellow in Political Philosophy & Catholic Social Thought, at Campion Hall, Oxford. Dr. Riordan is a world renowned expert in this important topic, the common good. We look forward to his lecture. We will have copies of his latest book, Recovering Common Goods, for sale at this event. Free event. All welcome.
The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece - Free Online Course
This new, free, online course has been developed by academics from Trinity College Dublin including the Loyola Institute Director, Fainche Ryan. Learners on the four week long course will explore the art, theology and materiality of the manuscript and the meanings that it holds. The course will commence on October 8, 2018. Learn more and register here
Scholarships: Apply for a Scholarship
We have a number of different scholarships available for both the Postgraduate Certificate and the MPhil in Christian Theology. Please note the deadline for scholarship applications is midday on Wednesday 29 July 2020. In order to qualify for consideration for a scholarship – you must have successfully completed the Trinity online application process for your chosen course.
Fully Human, Fully Christian, Fully Alive - can God's glory be announced in the 21st Century?
Dr Alan Roxbourgh will address the above theme during this lecture which is a joint venture of the chaplaincy and Loyola Institute and will be preceded by Choral Evensong in the Trinity College Chapel at 5.15 pm. This lecture will be held on Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 6.30 pm in the Loyola Institute, Room G16, Loyola/ISE Building, School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin. All WELCOME
M.Phil. Christian Theology 2018
You will acquire in-depth knowledge of core issues in current Christian theology including Church and Ministry, Theology of the Bible, Violence and Grace.This degree can be studied full-time or part-time. Lectures are normally held on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Amoris Laetitia - 2018
The Loyola Institute recently hosted a seminar on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love. Read an account of the seminar here.
'Doing theology in dangerous times'
It is a dangerous time to hope. Post-war democratic consensus seems to be threatened. There appears to be a sea-change in Irish culture. It is in this context that the Jesuit publication Studies titled its Summer 2018 edition 'Doing theology in dangerous times'. We are delighted that two papers delivered in the Loyola Institute Lecture series are included. Sebastien Maillard of the Jacques Delors Institute addressed the issue of 'Brexit and Spirituality' while Associate Adjunct Professor Michael Kirwan S.J. paper addressed this very issue of doing theology in dangerous time. This issue of Studies can be bought for 10 euro.
The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)
On Saturday 9th June, 10.30 am to 1 pm, the Loyola Institute will host a seminar at which we will dig a little deeper into the wealth of insights we are afforded by the recent writings of Pope Francis on the Joy of Love. While many greeted these teachings with great positivity some leading Church figures were unhappy with aspects of the teachings. Some of the questions they raised will be explored. Join Profs Michael Kirwan, Fainche Ryan and Cornelius Casey for what promises to be an exciting event, one which will help prepare us for the forthcoming World Meeting of Families, and for Pope Francis' visit to Ireland.
Our Ancient Future - The Conference of European University Chaplains - Dublin - 2018
Dr Fainche Ryan will address the Conference of European University Chaplains (CEUC) when they meet in Trinity College on June 7th, 2018. The title of the conference is 'Our Ancient Future'. Dr Ryan's presentation is entitled The Eucharist: Our Ancient Future and will focus on eucharistic imagery in the Book of Kells. Afterwards the conference participants will visit the Book of Kells.
Merciful and Gracious: The Face of God
On Friday 11th May, 2018 the Loyola Institute welcomes Prof. Dianne Bergant, to Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Bergant is a Sister of St. Agnes of Fond du Lac. She served on the faculty at Catholic Theological Union from 1978 to 2014. Professor Bergant's Lecture will take place in the Loyola Institute at 6.30 pm. Please note the time is earlier than normal for Loyola Lectures. This is a public Lecture.
Celebration of the work of the Trinity Long Room Hub
Jacob J. Erickson, Loyola Institute, joined the Provost and colleagues from the Arts and Humanities at the home of Lady Dufferin in London recently to celebrate the work of the Trinity Long Room Hub. In his address the Provost stated 'without the arts and humanities we find ourselves in a vacuum, not knowing where we came from, what we should value, how we should relate to others. We lose track of where we are going'.
CONFERENCE - REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE
Where do we find FORGIVENESS in the Hebrew Bible-Old Testament? - May 11th and 12th, 2018 in Trinity College Dublin in the ISE-LI Building.
Booking is via Eventbrite with a cost of 25 euro which includes tea/coffee and light lunch
Spring Newsletter 2018
Loyola students and staff have had a busy time with lots going on during the last few months. Read our Spring Newsletter to get a flavour of our activities.
BOOKED OUT - LIVING HUMANELY: PERSPECTIVES FROM LAW, MORALITY AND THE SCIENCE
In the context of the debate around the 8th amendment the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin will host a forum for reasoned academic debate on issues of law, morality and science as they pertain to living humanely. The event takes place on Friday 13th April 2018 (9.30 am - 4.30 pm) in the Irish School of Ecumenics-Loyola Institute Building, Trinity College. Booking is via Eventbrite with a cost of 25 euro which includes tea/coffee and light lunch
Prof. David Shepherd - New Trinity Fellow 2018
Congratulations to Loyola's David Shepherd, Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible - Old Testament, who was elected a Fellow this morning. Well done David!
Catholic Teaching on War and Peace: Old Problems and New Directions
We welcome Prof. Lisa Sowle-Cahill, (J. Donald Monan Professor, Boston College) to the Loyola Institute. Professor Sowle-Cahill will give the Paul Lennon O.Carm. Lecture in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College on April 12th, 2018 at 7.30 pm. This is a Public Lecture.
Who Speaks for Christianity and Islam?.
On Monday 9th April 2018, Prof Jacob Erickson will be speaking at University College Cork, CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
CaraFest - A festival of faith and reconciliation
Professor Garrigan is one of the leaders of Corrymeela's second annual Carafest. She will lead three sessions on a contemporary reading of the Gospel in Solentiname, plus an ecumenical worship service as part of the community's Easter celebrations. March 30th to April 2nd 2018. All are welcome.
Brexit and Europe, a political and spiritual challenge.
On Wednesday 28th March, 7.30 pm, in the next of the series of Loyola Lectures, Sebastien Maillard will address us on the topic of Brexit and Europe, a political and spiritual challenge.
Sebastien Maillard is the Director of the Jacques Delors Institute, Paris. Prior to this he was a journalist at the leading French daily newspaper La Croix. An expert in European affairs Maillard has taught at Sciences Po (Paris) and Boston College, USA. He is author of 'What We Have made of Europe?' (edited by Salvator, 2013).
This event will be chaired by Noelle O Connell, Executive Director, European Movement Ireland.
Please note the location in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHER'S WORKSHOP
We are hosting a workshop for RE teachers entitled Laudato si - Pope Francis and his love letter for the earth on Thursday 8th March from 5.00 pm to 6.45 pm. Venue: Loyola Institute, ISE-LI Institute building, TCD. All RE Teachers welcome but prior booking required at Loyola@tcd.ie or phone 01 8964790.
DOES COMMON GOOD MEAN ANYTHING?
On Wednesday 28th February, we welcome Dr. Patrick Riordan S.J. to the Loyola Institute. Dr. Riordan is currently Dean of Discipline and Fellow in Political Philosophy & Catholic Social Thought, at Campion Hall, Oxford. Dr. Riordan is a world renowned expert in this important topic, the common good. We look forward to his lecture. We are also privileged to be launching his latest book, Recovering Common Goods, at this event. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception. Free event. All welcome.
PODCAST:'Stand Upright and Raise Your Head': Doing Theology in Dangerous Times.
We are pleased to announce we are podcasting out public lecture series on soundcloud. You can follow us on Theology@Loyola Institute TCD . Our first Podcast is Dr. Michael Kirwan S.J.'s recent lecture 'Stand upright and raise your head!': Doing theology in dangerous times Listen here.
'Stand Upright and Raise Your Head': Doing Theology in Dangerous Times.
At 7.30 pm on Wednesday 31st January, Dr Michael Kirwan, SJ, will give the first Loyola Lecture of 2018. Dr Kirwan is currently a visiting Professor at the Loyola Institute, and we all very much look forward hearing him address us. His lecture has a provocative and fascinating title. To read an article from Trinity's News about Michael's lecture click here.
League of European Research Universities (LERU) meeting in Helsinki Dec 2017.
Prof Siobhan Garrigan, Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology, (front row, second from left) with Deans and Heads of Theology and Religion from Oxford, Helsinki, Freiborg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Strasbourg. This meeting resulted in a plan for a major joint event in Brussels in April 2018 at which LERU will lobby the EU parliament for increased awareness of, and attention to, Religion in FP9 (round of research funding to be announced in June 2018).
Trinity Open Day - Saturday, 9th December 2017
Join us at the Loyola Institute on Saturday, 9th December at 11 am and 1 pm for our ten minute pop-up lectures followed by a session with some of our students who will talk about their experience studying Theology here in the Loyola Institute.
'Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions' Unit
Congratulations to Jacob Erikson, Assistant Professor at the Loyola Institute, who has been invited to join the Steering Committee for the American Academy of Religion's 'Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions'Unit. Drawing on an immensely rich Lutheran tradition, as well as on the relationship to other Christian traditions and to cultures in the global South the research unit 'seeks to provide an avenue for a comprehensive conversation on both Lutheran history and thought in the global context'
Factions, Fears and Fake News
Dr. Fainche Ryan, Director of the Loyola Institute, asked 'Will post-truth set us free?' at a symposium organised by Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research institute and New York's Columbia University. You can listen to the panel discussion of these issues here (note: Fainche's presentation beings at 19:00).
Check out what Loyola students and staff have been up to in the last few months by reading through our latest Newsletter.
500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation 31st October 1517
21st Century perspectives on the Reformation 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation 31st October 1517. To commemorate and better understand this unique historical event and the processes it set in motion the Dublin Unitarian Church organised a series of lunch time lectures. As part of this series Dr. Cornelious Casey, Loyola's Associate Diretor, gave a lecture entitled 'The counter Reformation and the Council of Trent'.
Jansenism: Friend or Foe?
We are delighted to welcome Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Senior Lecturer, Heythrop College, University of London to give the second of our Loyola Lectures for 2017-18. We hope you can join us on Wednesday 22nd November, 7.30 pm, Room G16, Loyola Institute - Irish School of Ecumenics Building, - Admission Free - All Welcome
Mature Student Open Evening
Join us at the Loyola Institute on Thursday 23rd November, 5.30 to 7.30 pm and learn more about the many possible ways of studying theology here at Trinity. You can audit a course (no exams), study for an undergraduate degree or for an MPhil in Christian Theology. We also supervise research degrees (PhD).
Blessed are the peacemakers: The depiction of Jesus in American and German cinema before and after the Great War
One of the brilliant features of theology and biblical studies is multidisciplinarity: Professor David Shepherd recently conducted a research seminar at the University of Nottingham. Shepherd reports, 'The seminar asked into how American filmmakers like D.W. Griffith and Thomas Ince deployed Jesus in films made (in part) to keep America out of WWI and how images of Jesus were deployed in the cinema after American entered the war in 1917. I also talked about how German cinema deployed Jesus after the War to persuade Germans to renounce (the largely) right-wing violence and the kinds of assassinations which plagued the Weimar Republic in the early Twenties and had played a part in precipitating WWI in the first place.
The Power of Christ Compels You! - Catholic Priests in 1970s Horror Films
Lecture by Prof Darryl Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We hope you can join us on Wednesday 25th October, 7.30 pm, Room G16, Loyola Institute - Irish School of Ecumenics Building, - Admission Free - All Welcome
Loyola Institute Conference to Honour John Main
More than 200 delegates attended this conference to listen to world renowned experts on mysticism in the Western Christian tradition. Speakers included Prof. Bernard McGinn, Dr. Anne Marie Karlsson, Laurence Freeman OSB and Dr. Mary O'Driscoll. Read more here
Faith Seeking Understanding
Lecture series taking place over 6 Wednesday evenings in 2017-2018 Academic Term in the ISE-Loyola Building. Click here for details
'Laity and the Church in the Irish Catholic'
Thomisticum Symposium, Porto
Loyola Institute's Dr. Fainche Ryan gave a paper on truth, post-truth and the virtue of truth telling in Aquinas.The theme of the symposium was Aquinas and Modern Thinkers. Other speakers included John Haldane, Gyula Klima, Patrick Masterson, Siobhan Nash-Marshall, John O'Callaghan, Fern O'Rourke and Rudie te Veldi.
'Green Values, Religion and Secularism - Moving beyond the enlightenment division between science and religion'
Loyola Institute's Jacob J. Erickson spoke about global warming and the 'politics of conviviality' at a recent conference. The one-day conference was sponsored by the Green Foundation Ireland, Green European Foundation, and the Irish School of Ecumenics.
'The David Fragments'
Loyola Institute's Dr. David Shepherd collaborated in adapting for the stage an incomplete play by Bertoit Brecht about the Biblical David. Staged as 'The David Fragments', it ran to great acclaim in the Trinity College Beckett Theatre from June 28th to July 1st.
Dr. Mary Stefanazzi
Loyola Institute's first PhD graduate was recently awarded her doctorate by the Trinity College Dublin Chancellor, Mary Robinson. Mary is photographed with Bob Geldof, who received an honorary degree at the same ceremony.
CAO Change of Mind until 1st July
Come and talk with us about studying Theology, either on its own or as part of TSM (with History, Irish, Italian or Philosophy). We are happy to meet any students until 5pm, 1st July when CAO change of mind closes. Email Loyola EO on Loyola@tcd.ie or call on (01) 896 4790 to set up a visit.
RTE News Now Report
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 RTE News Now.
SCHOLARSHIP FOR A RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TEACHER
We are pleased to announce a scholarship for a Religious Education Teacher for the MPhil in Christian Theology. The MPhil can be taken full time in one year or part time over two years. Modules are taught in the evenings. We are very grateful to the Loyola Trust for funding this Scholarship
Professor Bruce Morrill SJ - Liturgy's Humility: Service from and to Christian Poverty of Spirit
You are cordially invited to a public lecture followed by discussion on Wed 17th May 6.30 PM Trinity College Dublin, ISE/LI Building, G16 - All Welcome
The Dominic Barberi Studentship
We are very pleased to announce a scholarship to the value of 8,000 euro's for a student applying for the MPhil in Christian Theology. This scholarship is thanks to the generous support of the Passionist Provinces of Britain and Ireland - St Joseph's Province and St Patrick's Province - and is named in honour of Italian Theologian Blessed Dominic Barberi.
Sean O'Riordan Scholarships for MPhil in Christian Theology
Thanks to the generous support of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, the Loyola Institute is pleased to announce that two scholarships of €5,000 each are being made available to students applying for the MPhil in Christian Theology at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin.
Loyola Institute Spring Newsletter
See what our students and staff have been up to. The newsletter includes accounts from our students of studying in Leuven (as part of the Erasmus Programme), visiting Palestine and coming from Yale University to do a PhD in Irish High Crosses.
Becoming Global Citizens: studying in the School of Religion,Theology, and Peace Studies
This video provides an overview of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Confederal School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies. Staff and Students explain why the issues addressed in the school are of crucial importance in today's world and how studying in the school shapes today's global citizens.
The Book of Kells - Workshop for Religious Education Teachers
One of the important innovations taking place at the Loyola Institute is a study of the theology of the Book of Kells. In February we had pleasure in welcoming over 40 RE Teachers and Chaplains to a workshop on this subject. You can see some presentation material and resources for teachers here
Behind the Headlines - Monday 20 March 2017 - Edmund Burke Lecture Theatre, 6.30 pm
Jacob Erickson (School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies) will explore immigration, islamophobia, and religious resistance to Trump's Agenda.
Our First PhD Viva!
Mary Stefanazzi (2nd from right) successfully defended her PhD on 'The Narrative of Human Flourishing - A study of the dialogue between Victor White (Theologian) and Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology), on the frontier between theology and psychology'. This is the first PhD completed since the Loyola Institute came into existence 4 years ago. Mary is photoed with (from left) Dr Fainche Ryan, Director, loyola Institute, who supervised the PhD, Dr. Con Casey, Loyola Institute, External Examiner Prof. Clodagh Weldon, Professor of Theology, Dominican University, Illinois and Dr. Cathriona Russell, Department of Religion and Theology, TCD, who chaired the viva.
A Question of Faith with Wendy Grace
Watch 'A Question of Faith with Wendy Grace' interview with Prof C Casey and Prof F Ryan in relation to the upcoming International Conference: The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence? 22nd to 24th June
Archived Events:[/summary] Creative intersection of theology, Church and society.
Announced as a New Fellow of Trinity College
Congratulations to Professor Siobhan Garrigan, the first holder of the Loyola Chair of Catholic Theology, who was announced as a new Fellow of Trinity College by the Provost in Trinity, Monday (11/4/2016) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre. Professor Garrigan is a feminist ecumenical theologian, and in her work she seeks to highlight the ways that theology might also be a force for positive transformation in matters such as sectarianism, poverty and discrimination.
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?
DR. CORNELIUS CASEY INTERVIEW
The Loyola Institute in Trinity college is organising a conference titled,The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society Good Riddance or Good Influence? It will take place in Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Con Casey, who has an interest in inter-religious dialogue, believes it to be a question of great relevance and that the Church needs to look at it with honesty and integrity. Pat Coyle interviewed him and she put it to him that some might say that the Church is behind society in terms of issues like equality for women and that they may need to address those issues if they hope to have a positive influence on society. She began by asking him why the Loyola Institute decided to run this particular conference.
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 RTE News Now.
Symposium The Reformation 1517-2017 February 17th - 18th
This marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the Loyola Institute is proud to be among the organisers of this symposium. The symposium event are free and all are welcome. More details here.
Loyola Institute at TCD Postgraduate Open Day - 1st February 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Interested in Postgraduate in Theology? Come and meet staff and students of Loyola Institute and Talk to them about the various Postgrad courses available - including our new taught MPhil in Christian Theology and find out about the scholarships that are available
The Book of Kells - A resource for Christian Faith
We have great pleasure in inviting all Religious Education Teachers to a special workshop entitled 'The Book of Kells - A resource for Christian Faith'. This workshop has been designed to complement the junior cycle and senior cycle syllabuses and will include a private visit to the Book of Kells. All Participants will receive a teaching pack.
Aquinas and Analythic Philosophy
We have great pleasure in inviting to join us on Friday Jan 27 and Sat Jan 28 2017 between 9.30 and 5 pm in the TRISS seminar room - 6th floor, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin speakers: Roger Pouivet, Zita Toth, Paul O'Grady, Eleonore Stump, Fainche Ryan, Kenny Pearce and Derek Lukasiewicz.
Come and attend a Lecture and Talk with some of Our Students
Not sure what to study in College - come and attend a lecture in theology and meet some of our students. Your School mid-term break might be a good time to avail of this. Simply contact Dr. Katie Dunne KDUNNE5@tcd.ie to arrange this
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.
Date: 7 December
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Irish School of Ecumenics/Loyola Institute Building
For further information please contact Loyola@tcd.ie.
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.
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)
BACI ANNUAL LECTURE AND AGM
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.
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 Day
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 email@example.com (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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
The Loyola Institute is running an essay competition for all senior cycle students in secondary schools. Win an iPad! Please email all entries to email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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 email@example.com 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