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The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
Mary Immaculate College
Draft Mission Statement

Our Identity

Situated within Mary Immaculate College, a third level Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts, the Institute for Catholic Studies is a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, research-oriented community of scholars engaged in the academic study of Catholicism. 

Our Mission

We develop distinctive intellectual capital by studying the long and rich Catholic tradition in a spirit of scholarly rigour and academic freedom. We engage with the intellectual contribution of Catholicism to the philosophical, theological and societal debates, past and present, as well as the expression and embodiment of a Catholic sensibility in fine arts, literature, architecture and music. We facilitate interdisciplinary research within Mary Immaculate College and forge links for inter-institutional research at national and international level.

Our Aims

  • Promote interdisciplinary academic research related to Catholic Studies.
  • Contribute to historical, intellectual, philosophical and theological understandings of Catholicism as religion, social movement, body of thought, and material culture.
  • Facilitate academic exchanges worldwide. 
  • Contribute to the academic understanding of Catholic identity.
  • Disseminate knowledge of Catholics and Catholicism through publications, conferences, public lectures and symposia, and public conversations.

The Work of the Institute

1. Academic Research
2. Educating Catholic Studies Scholars
a. Establishing an interdisciplinary 'catholic studies' stream in the post-graduate      taught programmes of the college, and postgraduate research.
b. Conducting seminars for researchers interested in exploring the Catholic element of diverse research interests.
3. Disseminating academic research on Catholic Culture and Thought
a. Lectures and seminars
b. Interdisciplinary conferences
c. Scholarly publications

Lunchtime Lecture Series:

Tuesday 2nd October 2018, JHN 221, 1:00pm

Dr. Mary Honan:
Lecture Title: ‘Mgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, Kerry man, "Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican" and Hero of Catholic Resistance to Nazism'.

Tuesday 30th October 2018, JHN 221, 1:00pm

Dr. Catherine Kavanagh:
Lecture Title: ‘Newman’s University and the importance of the Liberal Arts’.

Wednesday 14th November, JHN 221, 1:00pm

Dr. John Mc Donagh::
Lecture Title: “Hopping around Knock Shrine in the Rain: Catholicism in the poetry of Paul Durcan”.

Prof. John Sullivan Lecture Series:

Lecture Title: ‘Managing Your Postgraduate Research’ 19th November, 2:30. JHN 221

Prof. Sullivan will visit Mary Immaculate College and the IICS on the 19th and 20th of November 2018. During his visit Prof. Sullivan will engage with and lecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as give an evening lecture. Further details of his visit will be disseminated closer to the date.

Pictures from recent Lunchtime lecture with Dr. Mary Honan:

Dr. Patricia Kieran of the IICS giving the welcoming address to the IICS Lunchtime Lecture Series.

Dr. Mary Honan giving a lecture on Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty at a recent IICS Lunchtime Lecture.

Associate Members:

  • Prof. Susan Docherty
    Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism/Head of Theology Newman University
  • Prof. Paul D. Murray
    Professor of Systematic Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion
    Durham University
  • Prof. John Sullivan
    EMERITUS PROFESSOR in department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Liverpool Hope University
  • Prof. Martin O’Kane
    Professor of Biblical Studies
    University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
  • Professor Stephen McKinney
    Leader of Pedagogy, Praxis and Faith
    School of Education,
    University of Glasgow
Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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