Due to health and safety requirements, the number of participants in each module is limited. Should this module be booked out please put your name on the waiting list. If there are sufficient numbers we may offer a module twice or divide the participants into two groups.

FEES are payable in advance as classes may be cancelled if numbers booking for them are insufficient.  Booking forms and cheques, made out to Lumen Dominican Centre, may be posted to the above address. Cash is acceptable if one is registering in person. Electronic Transfers may be made to Lumen Dominican Centre; Bank of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire. IBAN: IE81 BOFI 9011 1611 4718 28; BIC: BOFIIE2D


REDUCTIONS:
A reduction of 10% is applicable to the total if more than one course is booked in the same semester.

Lectures and Modules

Special Online Series

OM 1: Future Horizons for Religious Life

John Scally

Pope Francis issued a memorable exhortation to religious: ‘The Church must be attractive. Wake up the world. Be witnesses of a different way of acting, of living. It is possible to live differently in this world.’ This module looks at how religious might find creative ways to respond to this challenge in a world that is often hostile to the message of the Church. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis what should be the ‘new normal’ for religious life?

This module will also be offered online.

Price: Online Module only EUR35.00

Date: 09/09/2020 - 09/09/2020

OM 2: COVID-19: Is it a crisis or an opportunity for theology? John Scally

John Scally

John Scally 14 Oct.-18 Nov.
10.15-11:45am
The Coronavirus crisis was a seismic shock to the world. It raises deep questions for theology. Does this pandemic challenge our idea of a loving God? More positively, does the crisis allow us
to reset our understandings of such fundamental areas as the Church; the natural world; community; sacraments and service? Could the pandemic be our unique ‘call to prayer’? How can we go forward as credible witnesses to the God of creation and power?

This module will also be offered online.

Price: Online Module only EUR35.00

Date: 14/10/2020 - 14/10/2020

OM 3: Jesus and Prayer – Reading the Psalms as a Christian

Sean Goan

Seán Goan

When seeking to understand the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the early Church devoted much time to reflecting on the Psalms. The prayer book of the people of Israel offers Christians today a rich source for deepening our
understanding of the mind of Jesus as he undertook his ministry of proclaiming the Reign of God. It also nourishes our own faith life as we pray the prayers that were formative for him. In this module, we shall consider the background to the book of Psalms and then take time to study a number of these prayers with a view to exploring how they might assist us in praying as Jesus prayed.
This module will also be offered online.

Price: Online Module Only EUR35.00

Date: 04/09/2020 - 04/09/2020

OM 4: Three funerals and a wedding! Exploring the New Testament Apocalypse

Kieran O’Mahony OSA

Kieran O’Mahony OSA

The New Testament Apocalypse has punctuated Christian history at critical moments. In this module, we will read it in its historical context but with a keen eye on today. The text is easily misread and so it is vital to establish what it would have meant to its first hearers before figuring out how it can speak to later generations.

This module will also be offered online.

Price: Online Module EUR35.00

Date: 09/10/2020 - 13/11/2020

Tuesdays

01. God is Love – The Heart of All Creation

Blanaid Gallagher OP

This programme is most suitable for all those who have some experience of Centering Prayer. It offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that integrates the sciences, religion and our place in the cosmos as divine in origin.

Price: Voluntary contribution at each session EUR0.00

Date: 22/09/2020 - 17/11/2020

02. French Level 2 (Advanced Beginners)

Marie Helène Dolan

8 Sept.-17 Nov.
Marie Helène Dolan
10.00-11.30am

For students who can produce simple French sentences and can ask and respond to simple French questions. In a fun, friendly, relaxed atmosphere, these classes will enable students to communicate with more fluency to feel confident in most everyday situations.

Price: General Admission EUR110.00

Date: 08/09/2020 - 17/11/2020

03. Intermediate Plus Italian

Heather Abrahamson

8 Sept.-17 Nov. 10.15-11.45am
Heather Abrahamson

“Vino bianco o vino rosso, signore?” Are you able to book a table, order a meal, ask directions and actually follow them? If you have already studied some Italian and appreciate fun and informality, then this is the class for you. Newcomers are most welcome.

€110 (10 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR110.00

Date: 08/09/2020 - 08/09/2020

04. The Spiritual Challenges of Later Life

Úna Agnew SSL

8 Sept.-6 Oct. 10.30-12.00 noon
Úna Agnew SSL

One of the outcomes of living through the COVID-19 pandemic is the emphasis placed on the preciousness of older people and the care taken to keep us safe. This emphasis has raised the question: In what way is my life a precious resource for society and not a potential ‘burden of care’? People are living longer. How can we make this ‘longevity dividend’ work to our best advantage? The happiness, vitality and wisdom legacy of later life are potentials worth working at! This short module is an opportunity to explore together what is on offer during this rich season of grace and how best to maximize its benefits.
€55 (5 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR55.00

Date: 08/09/2020 - 06/10/2020

05. How Pandemics Changed Us – Historical Perspectives

Sabine Schratz OP

Due to health and safety requirements, the number of participants in each module is limited. Should this module be booked out please put your name on the waiting list. If there are sufficient numbers we may offer a module twice or divide the participants into two groups.

Sabine Schratz OP 20 Oct.-17 Nov. 10.30-12.00 noon

Pandemics have been a dreaded scourge throughout the history of humanity. Their personification as the Pale Rider of the Apocalyptic Horsemen not only illustrates the sheer horror and suffering they inflicted on millions of people but also their potential for radical and permanent change. This short module
will look at how former generations lived through and responded to pandemic crises, thereby reshaping society, medicine, economy, religion and art.

Price: General Admission EUR45.00

Date: 20/10/2020 - 17/11/2020

Wednesdays

06. German (Conversation)

Ruzica Ruane

9 Sept.-18 Nov.
Ruzica Ruane 10.00-11.30am

Immerse yourself in German language and culture in this engaging class. Topical issues, art, literature and Austrian and German traditions are explored in an enjoyable and informative way. The conversational manner is sure to boost both your confidence and fluency.
€110 (10 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR110.00

Date: 09/09/2020 - 18/11/2020

07. Future Horizons for Religious Life

John Scally

7. Future Horizons for Religious Life 9 Sept.-7 Oct. John Scally 10.15-11.45am
Pope Francis issued a memorable exhortation to religious: ‘The Church must be attractive. Wake up the world. Be witnesses of a different way of acting, of living. It is possible to live differently in this world.’ This module looks at how religious might find creative ways to respond to this challenge in a world that is often hostile to the message of the Church. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis what should be the ‘new normal’ for religious life?
€55 (5 weeks)
This module will also be offered online

Price: General Admission EUR55.00

Date: 09/09/2020 - 07/10/2020

08. COVID-19: Is it a crisis or an opportunity for theology?

14 Oct.-18 Nov.
10.15-11:45am
The Coronavirus crisis was a seismic shock to the world. It raises deep questions for theology. Does this pandemic challenge our idea of a loving God? More positively, does the crisis allow us
to reset our understandings of such fundamental areas as the Church; the natural world; community; sacraments and service? Could the pandemic be our unique ‘call to prayer’? How can we go forward as credible witnesses to the God of creation and power?
€55 (5 weeks)
This module will also be offered online.

Price: General Admission EUR55.00

Date: 14/10/2020 - 18/11/2020

09. Introduction to Judaism

Judith Charry

9 Sept.-14 Oct.10.30-12.00 noon
Judith Charry

Come and learn about Jewish customs and traditions, home and synagogue rituals, the Autumn Festivals (New Year, Day of Atonement and Festival of Booths), law and lore, and why
preparing for Passover is the deepest spring clean a kitchen can get! €65 (6 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR65.00

Date: 09/09/2020 - 14/10/2020

Thursdays

10. Irish (Conversation)

Dáire Stevenson

10 Sept.-19 Nov. 10.30-12.00 noon

Dáire Stevenson
This module is designed for students to improve their skills in conversational Irish in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The emphasis will be on giving the student confidence to use the language in everyday situations. A good basic level of Irish is required. Fáilte roimh chách.
€110 (10 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR110.00

Date: 10/09/2020 - 19/11/2020

11. French Level 4 (Advanced)

Marie Helène Dolan

10 Sept.-19 Nov. 10.00-11.30am
Marie Helène Dolan

This module is for students who have a good command of French and would like to keep up to date with cultural, social and political developments in France and increase their fluency and confidence in spoken French. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere guaranteed. Au plaisir de vous voir ou de vous revoir!
€110 (10 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR110.00

Date: 10/09/2020 - 19/11/2020

12. Exploring English Literature

Phil Dunne

10 Sept.-19 Nov. 10.15-11.45am
Phil Dunne

In this class, we read, discuss and share novels, poetry and drama. Our reading material is a mixture of classic and

contemporary work written in English and translated writing of both established and emerging writers. No prior knowledge is required. Our emphasis is on enjoyment.
€110 (10 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR110.00

Date: 10/09/2020 - 19/11/2020

Fridays

13. French Level 3 (Intermediate)

Marie Helène Dolan

4 Sept.-13 Nov. 10.00-11.30am
Marie Helène Dolan
In this module, the emphasis is on easing students into conversational French. Learned grammatical concepts are revised and put into a variety of conversation-based exercises that strengthen compre- hension and self-expression. These classes will give you the confidence to converse on range of topics. À bientôt!
€110 (10 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR110.00

Date: 04/09/2020 - 13/11/2020

14. Christian Hope in an Anxious World

Brian Grogan SJ

4-25 Sept. 10.30-12.00 noon
Brian Grogan SJ
Christians are called to hope. We will explore this hope under four different aspects: 1) ‘We wait in joyful hope!’ (Liturgy). What grounds have we for this Christian hope? 2) ‘In a crumb of bread the whole mystery is’ (P. Kavanagh). How does Laudato Sì illuminate the mystery of the Eucharist? 3) ‘Enough! The
Resurrection!’ (G.M. Hopkins). What hope have we for our beloved dead? 4) ‘Make us grow in love’ (Liturgy). How can we grow in love in these anxious times?
€45 (4 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR45.00

Date: 04/09/2020 - 25/09/2020

15. Becoming a Philosopher

Patrick Quinn

2 Oct.-13 Nov. 10.30-12.00 noon

Patrick Quinn

This module will examine why some men and women became philosophers by examining the reasons given by the following thinkers: Plato who rejected political life for philosophy, Boethius who was inspired by Lady Philosophy, Marjorie Greene trying to understand her profession, Ludwig Wittgenstein who moved from engineering to philosophy, Bryan Magee who was a philosopher from childhood and Mary Midgley through reading philosophy while at school. Handouts will be given and participants encouraged to ask questions and make comments as part of the learning process. €65 (6 weeks)

Price: General Admission EUR65.00

Date: 02/10/2020 - 13/11/2020

16. Jesus and Prayer – Reading the Psalms as a Christian

Sean Goan

Seán Goan 4 Sept.-2 Oct. 10.15-11.45am

When seeking to understand the meaning of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the early Church devoted much time to reflecting on the Psalms. The prayer book of the people of Israel offers Christians today a rich source for deepening our
understanding of the mind of Jesus as he undertook his ministry of proclaiming the Reign of God. It also nourishes our own faith life as we pray the prayers that were formative for him. In this module, we shall consider the background to the book of Psalms and then take time to study a number of these prayers with a view to exploring how they might assist us in praying as Jesus prayed.
€55 (5 weeks)
This module will also be offered online.

Price: General Admission EUR55.00

Date: 04/09/2020 - 02/10/2020

17. Three funerals and a wedding! Exploring the New Testament Apocalypse

Kieran O’Mahony OSA

9 Oct.-13 Nov. 10.15-11.45am
Kieran O’Mahony OSA
The New Testament Apocalypse has punctuated Christian history at critical moments. In this module, we will read it in its historical context but with a keen eye on today. The text is easily misread and so it is vital to establish what it would have meant to its first hearers before figuring out how it can speak to later generations.
€55 (5 weeks)
This module will also be offered online.

Price: General Admission EUR55.00

Date: 09/10/2020 - 13/11/2020