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 October 2017

REFORM Conference

Marking the Fifth Centenary of Martin Luther's Reformation 


Pictured at the conference: (L-R) Professor Eamonn Conway, HOD Theology & Religious Studies, MIC; Bishop Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick; Dr Noel Hession OSA and Professor Carlos Eire, Yale University.

 October 2017


Rev Prof Eamonn Conway and Fr Michael Wall of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies with students from the MIC Limerick who excelled in their First Year Theology examinations in 2017: Colin Moran, Sarah Linnane, Anne-Marie Hurley, Anne Kelleher, Deirdre Franklin MIC and missing from the picture Christopher Gardiner.

They were each presented with a prize from the Limerick-based Bonaventure Trust which was established to support Catholic theology at Mary Immaculate College.


July 2017

Let's Talk Family: Let's be Family!

The event is the first major conference to be held as part of the build up to the World Meeting of Families next year in Ireland, with Cardinal Schönborn giving the interpretation of Pope Francis' 'Amoris Laetitia' document to a packed auditorium of over 300 attendees at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.


Pictured at the "Let's Talk Family: Let's be Family" conference: L-R: Bishop Brendan Leahy, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and Conference organiser Fr. Éamonn Fitzgibbon, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies, MIC.


May 2017

Should We Take Sacraments out of Schools? Reimagining Sacramental Preparation, McAuley Conference

Pictured at the "Should We Take Sacraments out of Schools? Reimagining Sacramental Preparation" McAuley Conference at Mary Immaculate College were: Front row - L. to R.: Elaine Murray, Eugene Duffy, Clare Watkins, Marie Griffin, Maeve Mahon. Back row - L. to R.: Padraic Brennan, Jonathan Burroughs, Eileen Linehan, Deirdre Franklin, Brendan O'Keeffe, Stijn Van den Bossche, Eamonn Conway and Clare Maloney.


December 2016

The new Institute for Pastoral Studies held a consultation with pastoral workers in the region on December 2016 to consider how best the Institute can be supportive of their work.


November 2016

B.Ed.3 Theology students presenting their projects on Laudato Si to the classmates, November 2016, joined by Srs Caitriona and Mara Grace of the Dominican Convent in Limerick.


Frs Eugene Duffy and Eamonn Conway congratulate newly elected Fr Brendan Coffey OSB, Glenstal Abbey, following his abbatial blessing on 5th November 2016


Pictured above are two of the top students that received special awards from the Bonaventure Trust for their achievement. L-R: Ms. Geraldine Brassil (2nd year BA student), Ms. Eileen Daly (Bonaventure Trust Secretary), Ms. Laura Whelan (2nd Year BA student) and Professor Eamonn Conway, Head of Department Theology & Religious Studies.



B.Ed. Theology graduate Seán Purcell with MEP Seán Kelly and Prof Eamonn Conway before Seán's graduation on 28th October 2016.


Professor Eamonn Conway chaired the Plenary Discussions on Amoris Laeititia at the conference hosted by the KU Leuven Faculty, Belgium, on October 27th 2017. Pictured here with Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP.


'THE WORK OF AQUINAS AND EDUCAION TODAY' Fr. Vivian Boland OP, Vicar of the Master of the Dominican Order, speaking at MIC on October 20th 2016


JUNE 2016

The International Bioethics Group is an informal gathering of experts in various fields of philosophy, theology and medicine that meets annually to address critical questions in the area of bioethics. From 10 - 12 June 2016 near Brussels to discuss Assisted Suicide and End-of-Life Issues. Pictured here: Prof Roberto Dell'Oro (Los Angeles), Prof Gunter Virt (Vienna), Prof Marie-Jo Thiel (Strasbourg), Prof Sigrid Müller (Vienna), Msgr Lorenzo Pecoraro (Rome), Hubert and Aldegonde Brenninkmeijer-Werhahn (Brussells), Prof Dan Sulmasy (Chicago), Prof Katiça Knesovic (Zagreb), Prof Eamonn Conway (Limerick), Prof Maureen Junker-Kenny (Dublin). Missing from photograph is Prof William Desmond (Leuven).


MAY 2016


McAuley Conference

Ecological Education, Policy and Spirituality: Caring for Our Common Home


Pictured at the 'Ecological Education, Policy and Spirituality: Caring for Our Common Home'- McAuley Conference held at Mary Immaculate College were: Back row, L to R: Mr. Fabio Bord, St Elias College, Malta, Dr. Patrick Riordan, Heythrop College, University of London, Dr. Eugene Duffy, conference convenor, Mary Immaculate College, Professor Eamonn Conway, head of Theology and Religous Studies at Mary Immaculate College. Front Row, L to R: Sr. Maria Hayes, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, Mr. Cillian Lohan, CEO, INFF (Irish Natural Forestry Foundation), Dr. Cara Augustenborg, Chairperson for Friends of the Earth Ireland, Sr. Kathy Cunningham, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, Dr. Brendan O'Keeffe, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Mary Immaculate College, Ms. Attracta Ui Bhrion, European Environmental Agency and Ms. Ann Goggin, Limerick City & County Council.

MARCH 2016

Professor Conway launched the late Fr Michael Paul Gallagher SJ's final book, "Into Extra Time" at Belvedere College in Dublin on March 15th 2016. He is pictured here with the Provincial of the Irish Jesuit Province, Fr Tom Leyden SJ.


BE.d. students taking a specialism in Theology and Religious Education participated in a retreat and study day at Glenstal Abbey in March 2016. Here they are being given a guided tour of the monastery by Brother Padraig McIntyre OSB.


The Department of Theology & Relgious Studies held a seminar on Sport & Faith jointly with the preparatory commission of the Limerick Diocesan Synod on the 24th February 2016. It was attended by over 150 people and addressd by several speakers including Gerard Hartmann and Mickey Harte.

Dr Eugene Duffy and Professor Eamonn Conway were guests of the Faculty of Theology, University of Malta in mid January 2016. Professor Conway addressed staff of the Faculties of Theologies and Education on Challenges and Opportunities for Catholic Educators today.

Both Eugene and Eamonn gave lectures to the newly established Master's in Catholic Educational Leadership, a programme designed in consultation with MIC faculty.



On his visit with a group of educators to the Flame of Hope project for disabled children in West Bengal, India, Professor Conway held workshops on Laudato Si' for religious and school staff, and presented a copy of the Study and Companion Guide to the Encyclical which he produced with Cathal Barry to Bishop Vincent Aind of Bagdogra, with whom he is pictured here along with Sr Ann Francesca, director of the school project, children from the schooling other Irish visitors.


Dr Niall Coll of St Mary's University College, Belfast, recently published a collection of essays on Ireland and Vatican II. It was launched at the Irish Catholic's offices in Dublin on 26th November 2015 by Baronness Nuala O'Loan and contains contributions by Dr Eugene Duffy and Professor Eamonn Conway

Some of the B.Ed. students who participated in an elective module on Christian Anthropology in Modern Culture designed classes on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si' for sixth class pupils and delivered them during Winter Semester 2015 at Scoil Ide, Corbally, Limerick.


Cathal Barry of the Irish Catholic newspaper and Professor Eamonn Conway were invited to present a copy of their Study and Companion Guide to Laudato Si' to Pope Francis at an audience in St Peter's Square on the 7th of October 2015


                                                          May 2015




Pictured at the Education in Crisis - McAuley Conference held at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) were Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenhove, Departmnet of Theology & Religious Studies, MIC; Prof. Willilam Desmond, Professor of Philosophy at Katholiecke Universiteit Leuven, Institute of Philosophy; Sr. Mary Jo Martin, Chief Inspector of Schools, Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Westminster, UK; Prof. Lieven Boeve, KU Leuven, Belgium and Director-General of the Flemish Office for Catholic Education; Prof. Mary Gallagher, School of Languages & Literature, UCD; Prof. Conleth Hussey, University of Limerick and Rev. Ronald J. Nuzzi, Director of ACE RISE in the Alliance for the Catholic Education, Institute of Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame.



March 2015


A lecture not to be missed! In association with the Theology & Religious Studies department, MIC, the Irish Section of the European Society for Catholic Theology and The Irish Catholic Newspaper, Dr Austen Ivereigh, author of the authoritative biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer, will give a public lecture at Mary Immaculate College on the 4th March 2015 from 7.30pm. Free admission for all MIC staff and students. 5 euro admission to the public. All are welcome! Please Click here for
futher details



Rev Prof Eamonn Conway's talk on The Joy of the Gospel & the Francis Effect given at Trinity College is available to view now on the iCatholic player. Throughout, Prof Conway gives significant attention to the way that Pope Francis understands joy and poverty. CLICK HERE TO WATCH!!



"Human Life: Gift or Commodity?" & "Is Pope Francis implementing Vatican II, or his  own agenda?"

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is proud to annonuce that its annual public lecture series will commence on 6th November at 5pm. There is no entry fee for any of the lectures and all are welcome. For more information please click here 




On Saturday Oct 4th, The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, launched Blueprint for the Church: An Introduction to the Joy of the Gospel, by Prof Eamonn Conway, with Cathal Barry of The Irish Catholic. Pictured here with Prof Conway and the Archbishop are Michael Kelly (Editor, The Irish Catholic) and Cathal Barry. 


- Irish Theologians Take Part In Conference In Brazil



- McAuley Conference Series, May 23-24, 2014 - Pope Francis the Man and his Message Programme

- Pope Francis the Man and his Message Conference: Call for Papers, Emerging Scholars May 23-24, 2014




Professor Eamonn Conway with Father Luke McNamara OSB (Biblicum, Rome), Prof Emmanuel Agius (Univ of Malta), and Prof Jim Corkery SJ (The Miltown Institute) at Maynooth College 10-12 March 2014 as part of the Quality Assurance review of St. Patrick's College Maynooth on behalf of the Holy See's Agenzia della Santa Sede per la Valutazione e la Promozione della Qualita della Università Facoltà Ecclesiastiche (AVEPRO)


 Exchange of ideas in the Education of Catholic School Principals

Rev Prof Emmanuel Agius, who is Dean of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the (state) University of Malta, was on a recent visit to Mary Immaculate College, ago discuss an exchange of pedagogical ideas and resources for the the MA in Christian Leadership in Education programme, which the Department of Theology & Religious Studies is running at MIC and also currently at the Marino Institute of Education (Dublin). Two years ago, Eugene Duffy and Eamonn Conway visited the University of Malta as consultors to their Theology and Education faculties, and this led to the University designing and implementing a master’s programme similar to the MA CLE at MIC. Father Agius is pictured above right, with Rev Prof Eamonn Conway and Bishop Brendan Leahy.


 - Theology & Religious Studies Time-table for Semester 2, Jan 22, 2013 - 2014


- Public Lecture Series: Worship, Life and Celebration 


- Two Interviews with Fr. Eammon Conway on the promulgation of the post-Synodal Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium 


- Submission to the Consultation on Inclusion in Catholic Primary Schools


- Jessie Rogers speaking at DBI (http://www.dbclimerick.ie/events.html) October 8th on 'Engaging with the Christian Story.' 

- Exploring New Ways of Evangelisation


- Paper given by Prof Eamonn Conway to the annual conference of the Brazil Catholic Theology Society (SOTER) on July 10 2014


- Photos from the Catholic Learning Conference.



- LEST IX: Mediating Mysteries and Understanding Liturgies, conference report by David Kennedy


- K&L Conference - Rev Eamonn ConwayL


- The Petrine Ministry in the World Church - Irishcatholic.ie Article
by Prof. Eamonn Conway



- Interview with Prof Eamonn Conway on Theology and the University, and Pope Benedict



- Pope Benedict and the ‘true’ Council” Eamonn Conway. From the Spring 2013 edition of New Dawn



- Irish Jesuits’ Inaugural Lecture to honour Cardinal Carlo Martini given by Prof Eamonn Conway, January 2013



- Eamonn Conway on Protecting Denominational Education for the Iona Institute.

Click here for text. Click here for audio.



- Public Lecture Series: Christian Spirituality in the Year of Faith



- Further Reflections as the Synod moves to conclusion - Eamonn Conway.



- Professor Eamonn Conway's reflection​s on the Synod of Bishops 18 Oct 2012.



- Interview with Professor Eamonn Conway on Vatican radio.



- Professor Eamonn Conway appointed advisor by Pope Benedict XVI.



- Presentation of Philip Cremin's MA Thesis to Pope Benedict XVI


- November Events

- Eucharist Congress 2012 Prof Eamonn Conway text;  Dr Eugene Duffy text

- Network for Societies of Catholic Theology to Cote d'Ivoire. 


- Homily at the Maynooth Union Mass


- Religion and the Public Good: Fifty Years After the Second Vatican Council.


- Catholic Education and the new evangelisation symposium.


- Truncated knowledge of faith revealed’ - Irish Examiner reaction to forum.


- Catholic Education and the new evangelisation symposium.


- God in the Workplace - Annual Conference of Third Level Chaplains.


- Response to Forum on Patronage and Pluralism


- Open Letter to Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn 29/09/11


- ESCT Press Release 25/08/2011


- Dr. Eugene Duffy as guest of the U.S. Ambassador to discuss future of religion at the U.S. Embassy


Other Events and Links


 - Graduation Gallery


 - Conferences

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