The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
Mary Immaculate College
Draft Mission Statement
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.
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.
- 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:
: ‘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.
- 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
- 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