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Theology Course – for teachers, board members, parents, and all interested in understanding their faith more deeply ….

PROPOSED PROGRAMME January/February 2021 - to be available by Zoom


This introductory course in Theology is intended to meet the need, expressed by some, to be more literate about their faith. Very often our understanding is more intuitive than explicit and our ability to deal in an informed and enlightened way with many of the complex religious and moral issues that arise can be quite limited. We sometimes wish we had more to draw on so as to be better able to explain how we see things. This series is an attempt to respond to this need and to introduce people who are interested to the wealth of theological insight that is available in the Catholic tradition.

This lecture series is fully booked for this term, Hilary 2021.

Wed 27 Jan 2021:  God, the Father. Dr John McDade and Dr Michael Kirwan SJ.

The opening session will be led by two systematic theologians: Dr. John McDade (former principal of Heythrop College, University of London), and Dr Michael Kirwan SJ, who is professor of Catholic Theology at the Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin. Speakers for the other sessions in the series to be confirmed.

Wed 03 Feb 2021:  Jesus, “Risen and Ascended.”

At the centre of the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus was ‘raised from the dead’ and ’ascended to the Father’. It is very hard for us make sense of these claims, or to picture them. Where is Jesus, in his risen life? How do we proclaim a resurrection faith with confidence today? Professor Ivana Noble and Dr Michael Kirwan SJ.

Pr. Noble is professor of Ecumenical Theology at the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague. Her work draws on Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions of theology, and she has a keen interest in the visual arts and music as a vehicle for theology. She is an ordained minister of the Hussite Church.

Wed 10 Feb 2021:  God the Holy Spirit, the ‘Consoler’.

The role of the Spirit in Christian life is often overlooked. And yet it is vital that we have a keen sense of Gods active presence, animating our world, bringing creation to re-birth, but also encouraging us and empowering us in our weakness.

Dr. Andrew Meszaros Dr. Meszaros teaches Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century Catholic theology, and especially the work of John Henry Newman. He is author of The Prophetic Church: History and Doctrinal Development in John Henry Newman and Yves Congar (OUP, 2016)

Wed 24 Feb 2021:  Modern Christian Saints.

The life and work of two very different saints will be considered. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a convert from Anglicanism; Edith Stein (1891-1942), was Jewish by birth, becoming a Carmelite nun before meeting her death in Auschwitz. We will consider important aspects of their thought, and examine what led each of them to embrace Catholicism.

Professor Peter Tyler and Dr Rebekah Lamb Pr. Tyler is professor of Pastoral Theology and Spirituality at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He is co-editor of the Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality. He is a specialist in Carmelite spirituality, having written books on Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. He is also a registered psychotherapist. The Pursuit of the Soul (2016) explores the relationship between spirituality and psychoanalysis and soul-making.

Dr. Rebekah Lamb is professor of Theology, Imagination and the Arts in the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. She has a particular focus on nineteenth century literature, and has written the Introduction to the forthcoming (2021) special issue of Religion and Literature, dedicated to John Henry Newman. She has also written for various journals and magazines, including Convivium: Faith in Our Common Life, The Catholic Herald, and The Scottish Catholic Observer.

Any queries please contact Ms. Ruth Douglas at the Jesuit Education Desk: education@jesuit.ie