Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
Situated within Mary Immaculate College, a third level Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts, the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies is a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, research-oriented and community engaged network of scholars involved in the study of Catholicism and its contribution to culture and society in Ireland and beyond.
The IICS is an interdisciplinary research centre inspired by and in critical dialogue with Catholic culture and thought. We explore the long and rich Catholic tradition in a spirit of scholarly rigor and academic freedom. We engage with the intellectual contribution of Catholicism to philosophical, theological, educational and social debates, past and present, as well as the expression and embodiment of a Catholic sensibility in fine arts, literature, architecture and music. We engage with contemporary global realities and are dedicated to research and dialogue in the following key areas:
- Social & environmental justice
- Catholic Theology
- The Arts & Culture
- Catholic Religious Education
- Promote interdisciplinary, high-quality academic research related to Catholic Studies.
- Contribute to historical, intellectual, philosophical and theological understandings of Catholicism as religion and social movement with a focus on the common good and human dignity.
- Contribute to the academic understanding of Catholic identity through our focus on social justice and sustainability.
- Disseminate knowledge of Catholics and Catholicism through publications, conferences, public lectures, symposia, and public dialogue.
The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies runs a popular Lunchtime Lecture Series and as well as evening Guest Lectures. Stay updated with our 2019-2020 schedule of free public events at the IICS Twitter page.
If you wish to sign up for our mailing list, please email our Research Assistant at: Carleigh.Garcia@mic.ul.ie
Director: Dr Patricia Kieran
IICS Research Assistant (2019-20): Carleigh Garcia
IICS Visiting Professor (2019-20): Professor Liam Gearon, University of Oxford.
IICS Associate Members
- Professor Stephen Mc Kinney, Glasgow University
- Professor Susan Docherty, Newman University
- Professor Paul Murray, Durham University
- Professor Elżbieta Osewska, UKSW Poland
- Professor Martin O’Kane, Lampeter University
- Professor Liam Gearon, University of Oxford
- Professor John Sullivan, Liverpool Hope University
- Dr Ros Stuart-Buttle, Liverpool Hope University
IICS’s Focused Areas of Interest
The IICS is a network of scholars involved in the study of Catholicism & its contribution to society. We are focused on the following four areas:
A) The IICS promotes interdisciplinary research related to Catholic Studies. Our guest lecture speakers includes expert speakers on fine arts, literature, theology, education, music, social justice etc.
B) To further students’ understanding of Catholic Studies, we facilitate students guided tours of local (Hunt Museum), national (Chester Beatty) and international (Vatican Museum) Museums’ wonderful collections of religious art.
A) The IICS explores Catholic social teaching and is concerned with the promotion of human rights, climate change and the dignity of the human person.
B) To promote social justice, the IICS is involved in research focusing on inter-religious dialogue, the voice of the child in education as well as climate justice. It also promotes action for justice through engagement with a number of organisations concerned with homelessness, those in Direct Provision and socially and educationally disadvantaged groups.
A) Located in a third-level higher education institution, Mary Immaculate College, the IICS is interested in promoting the education of Catholic Studies scholars and establishing an interdisciplinary ‘Catholic studies’ stream in the postgraduate taught programmes of the College, and postgraduate research. We conduct seminars for researchers interested in exploring the Catholic element of their diverse research interests.
B) We foster interdisciplinary scholarly research among scholars. Our expanding database encourages networking and research collaboration. We focus on making such research accessible through seminars, public lectures and on-line resources.
A) The IICS recognizes the importance of the environment and its protection. Conscious of our effect on the environment, the IICS attempts to promote and educate people about climate justice.
B) We take Third Level students on a voluntary Soul Safari, on a day retreat to the sea, to relax and meditate in nature, with an optional Catholic element of spending time with a trained Spiritual Director.
The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies is compiling a database of interdisciplinary research to disseminate academic research on Catholic culture and thought. Please contact IICS directly if you wish to contribute to this database.
Database coming soon!
Current IICS Lecture Series
To promote interdisciplinary research and contribute to historical, intellectual, philosophical and theological understandings of Catholicism as religion, social movement, body of thought, and material culture, we have established a lunchtime and evening lecture series.
All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.
2019/2020 Lunchtime Lecture Series:
- ‘Debt, Guilt and Shame in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’ by Dr Eoin Flannery on 25 September in Mary Immaculate College, John Henry Newman Building, Room 221 at 1pm.
- ‘Theosony: Listening with the ear of the heart – a theology of listening’ by Dr Noirin Ni Riain on 30 September in Mary Immaculate College, John Henry Newman Building, Room 221 at 1pm.
- ‘Focus on the Next of Kin: The Holy Family in Renaissance Art’ by Dr. Nora Donnelly on 23 October in Mary Immaculate College, John Henry Newman Building, Room 221 at 1pm.
2019/2020 Evening Lecture Series:
- Prof. Liam Gearon, University of Oxford, visiting Professor to the IICS (2019-20) will give a public lecture on ‘The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore’ on Wednesday 30 October at 5pm.
- David Quinn will give a public lecture on ‘Anti-Catholicism in Ireland’ on Tuesday 12 November at 5pm.
- Prof. Marie Parker Jenkins will give a public lecture on ‘In Good Faith: Schools, Religion and Education’ on Wednesday 27 November 27 at 5pm.
Forthcoming Spring Lecture Series 2020
- Prof. Tadhg Foley (NUIG): 'Max Macauliffe, Catholicism and the translation of the Sikh Scriptures'.
- Carleigh Garcia: ‘Shame in Irish Catholicism’.
- Dr Paul Collins: ‘Jean Vanier as inspiration for the Community Choir’ Open Rehearsal and public lecture on the making of a Community Choir.
- Dr Eugene O’Brien: ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism’.
- Prof. Peter B Finn, St Mary’s University College Belfast: ‘Catholic Third Level Education’.
- Dr Róisín Ní Ghairbhí: ‘Gaelic language, communitas, mysticisim and fellowship’.
- Dr Dan O Connell: ‘Catholic Education on rapidly thinning ice’.
There are many Catholic Universities, centres and organisations around the world where Catholic scholarly research, education and pastoral initiatives are being undertaken. See A-Z list of countries followed by other useful links.
- John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences
- Massimiliano Massimo Institute
- Pontifical Biblical Institute
- Pontifical Lateran University
- Pontifical Oriental Institute
- Pontifical University of the Holy Cross
- Pontifical University Antonianum
- Pontifical University Irlandese
- Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum
- Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
- Salesian Pontifical University – Rome, Turin & Jerusalem
- Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education Ignatianum, Kraków
- John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin
- Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Warsaw, Warsaw
- Pontifical Faculty of Theology in Wroclaw, Wroclaw
- Pontifical University of John Paul II, Kraków
- UKSW Poland
- University of Opole Faculty of Theology, Opole
- Aquinas College, Stockport
- Carmel College (St Helens)
- Digby Stuart College
- Durham University
- Glasgow University
- Holy Cross College
- Lampeter University
- Leeds Trinity University
- Liverpool Hope University
- Loreto College, Manchester
- Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology
- Maryvale Institute
- Newman University, Birmingham
- St Mary’s University, Twickenham
- University of Oxford
- Xaverian College
- Avila University
- Benedictine College
- Boston College
- Catholic University of America
- College of Saint Benedict
- College of the Holy Cross
- Creighton University
- DePaul University
- Duquesne University
- Fairfield University
- Fordham University
- Gannon University
- Georgetown University
- Gonzaga University
- John Carroll University
- Loras College
- Loyola Marymount University
- Loyola University, Maryland
- Loyola University, New Orleans
- Loyola University, Chicago
- Manhattan College
- Marquette University
- Mount Saint Mary’s University – California
- Notre Dame University
- Providence College
- Regis University
- Rockhurst University
- Saint Edward’s University
- Saint John’s University – Minnesota
- Saint Louis University
- Saint Mary’s College – Indiana
- Saint Mary’s College of California
- Saint Joseph’s University
- Santa Clara University
- Seton Hall University
- Seattle University
- Spalding University
- St. Bonaventure University
- St. John Fisher College
- St. Mary’s University – Texas
- St. Norbert College
- Stonehill College
- University of Dallas
- University of Dayton
- University of Detroit Mercy
- University of Portland
- University of San Diego
- University of San Francisco
- University of Scranton
- University of St. Thomas – Minnesota
- University of St. Thomas – Texas
- Villanova University
- Xavier University
- ACCU Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities https://www.accunet.org/
- ACI Association of Catholics in Ireland https://acireland.ie/
- ACP Association of Catholic Publishers https://www.catholicpublishers.org/
- ACT Association of Catholic Teachers https://www.actireland.ie/
- ACE Alliance for Catholic Education https://ace.nd.edu/
- Association of Catholic Priests Ireland https://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/
- Association of Catholic Tertiary Students Johannesburg https://www.facebook.com/ACTSnational/
- AMRI Association of Leaders of Religious and Missionaries in Ireland https://www.amri.ie/
- Catholic Leadership Institute https://www.catholicleaders.org/
- Cafod Catholic Agency for Overseas Development UK https://cafod.org.uk/ #
- Catholic Education Association of the Philippines https://www.ceap.org.ph/
- Catholic School Partnership (CSP) Ireland https://www.catholicschools.ie/csp/
- CTA USA https://cta-usa.org/
- International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology (INSeCT) https://insecttheology.wordpress.com/
- European Society of Catholic Theology https://www.kuleuven.be/eurotheo/
- Inclusive Catholic Education https://oregonice.org/
- NCEA National Catholic Education Association USA https://www.ncea.org/
- National Catholic Partnership on Disability https://ncpd.org/node/466
- The Priest’s Initiative Austria http://www.pfarrer-initiative.at/
- Trocaire Irish Overseas Development Agency of the Irish Catholic Church https://www.trocaire.org/
- USCCB United States Conference of Catholic Bishops http://www.usccb.org/about/
- Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church http://www.catholicethics.com/
- Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture. San Diego https://www.sandiego.edu/cctc/
- Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference https://www.catholicbishops.ie/
- Pobal Dé People of God Ireland http://pobalde.ie/
- We are Church Ireland http://wearechurchireland.ie/
- BBI The Australian Institute of Theological Education https://www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/
- Catholic Centre Hong Kong https://www.catholiccentre.org.hk/
- Centre for Catholic Studies Durham University https://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/ccs/
- Catholic Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association https://www.aera.net/SIG175/Catholic-Education-SIG-175
- University of Cambridge Von Húgel Institute for Critical Catholic Enquiry https://www.vhi.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/
- Las Casas Institute Oxford Catholic Social Teaching & Theology
- Irish Institute for Pastoral Studies http://www.irishinstituteforpastoralstudies.com/
- Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education DCU https://www.dcu.ie/materdei-centre-for-catholic-education/index.shtml
- Nagasaki Catholic Centre Japan http://www.e-yh.net/nccyh/
- The Institute of Catholic Culture USA https://instituteofcatholicculture.org/
- Institut Catholic de Paris https://en.icp.fr/
- Alive! Irish Monthly Catholic newspaper http://www.alive.ie/
- Catholic Communications Office https://www.catholicbishops.ie/cco/
- Catholic Ireland.Net https://www.catholicireland.net/media/
- Dicastery for Communications http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/segreterie/segreteria-comunicazione/index_en.htm
- I-Catholic multimedia player https://www.icatholic.ie/
- Intercom Catholic Pastoral and Liturgical Resource https://www.intercommagazine.ie/
- Irish Catholic https://www.irishcatholic.com/
- L’Osservatore Romano http://www.osservatoreromano.va/en/pages/the-newspaper
- NCR National Catholic Reporter USA https://www.ncronline.org/
- Pope Francis Twitter @Pontifex https://twitter.com/Pontifex?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
- The Furrow Journal for the Contemporary Church https://thefurrow.ie/
- The Tablet International News and Opinion https://www.thetablet.co.uk/
- Vatican News https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2019-07/pope-francis-appointments-press-office-director-bruni.html
- Current IICS Lecture Series