Heather Abrahamson:

BA Mod. (Hons.) Italian and French, TCD. She has many years’ experience in adult education.

Jane Bailey IBVM:

is an accredited instructor with the Irish Tai Chi Chuan Association. She has extensive experience in teaching Tai Chi to individuals and groups of all ages and abilities.

Stephen Cummins OP:

is currently engaged in retreat ministry in Ireland. He has worked in development projects in South Africa and was Director of Pastoral Care for Immigrants.

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Marie Helène Dolan:

BA, French and English, Brest University. She is an experienced French teacher, including many years in the Alliance Française, Dublin.

Brian Dooney:

PhD, works with Age and Opportunity, the leading national development organisation improving the quality of life of people aged 50-100+. He develops and delivers programmes on positive ageing, drawing on the arts as a source of inspiration and hope. Previously, he worked as a lecturer in English and Adult Education in All Hallows College/DCU (2004-2016), presenting a range of modules in relation to Literature, Spirituality & the Arts; Creative Writing; Media & Critical Awareness.

Phil Dunne:

MA, LGSM is an experienced tutor in English literature, who has worked with students of all ages and abilities.

Jude Lal Fernando:

is Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the School of Religion and Director of the Centre for Post-Conflict Justice, TCD.

Sean Goan:

BA, BD, LSS is a Scripture scholar and retired teacher who has been involved in adult faith development for many years. He has also written commentaries on the Sunday readings and published The Sign: Reading the Gospel of John (2018).

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Ellen (Rose) Gormley:

Ellen (Rose) Gormley: is an experienced teacher and a trained psychotherapist. She has practised Centering Prayer for many years.

Colm Hefferon:

M.Ed., is a Drama educator with experience as actor and director in Irish theatre, radio and film. As a lecturer in St Patrick’s College, DCU he has trained teachers in Drama for use in Education. He has worked in dozens of educationally disadvantaged schools through DCU and An Cosán, the Childhood Development Initiative in West Tallaght. At the moment, he is part of the team developing modules on Peace Education for Irish Primary Schools with the Dublin Quaker Peace Committee.

Terry Hennessy:

trained and danced with a number of International Teachers of Sacred Dance. She has a gentle experienced teaching style and brings her own love of the dance to the group.

Colette Kane OP:

is the Director of An Tairseach, Organic Farm and Ecology Centre in Wicklow. She taught in secondary schools for over 15 years and holds MAs in Ecology and Religion and in Biblical Studies. As well as being the Director in the Ecology Centre, she is very much part of the teaching staff delivering lectures on the ten weeks bi-annual course entitled Exploring Spirituality in the context of: an expanding universe, an endangered Earth, and the Christian Tradition.

Marie Angeline Lascaux:

Dip. Yoga Therapy and Training Center Newry, 1998, is a qualified Yoga teacher with over twenty years of experience and director of Spring into Life.

Yvonne Luven:

Dr. phil., studied Theology, German Philology and Eastern European History and Comparative Religion and is a qualified teacher of German as a foreign language with many years of experience. She has published in the fields of religious studies, history and folklore and has taught in third-level (Irish School of Ecumenics) and adult education.

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John McEvoy:

is a retired lecturer in Chemistry at the DIT. He has degrees in both Science and Theology and lectured in Milltown, All Hallows and Lumen on Science/Theology and Franciscan Studies

Paul Murray OP:

is an Irish Dominican friar and poet. He lives in Rome where he teaches the literature of the mystical tradition. He has written several books, among them: The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness; Scars: Essays, Poems, and Meditations on Affliction; God’s Spies: Michelangelo, Shakespeare, and Other Poets of Vision. Later this year he will publish a new book of poems, Moling in Meditation: A Psalter for an Early Irish Monk.

Kieran O’Mahony OSA:

is an Augustinian friar and a biblical scholar, with particular interest in the letters of St Paul and the Gospel according to John. He taught for many years in the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy (Dublin). Currently, he is publishing a 9-volume series called “Hearers of the Word” on the readings for Advent, Lent and Eastertide. With Jessie Rogers and Seán Goan he is on the team of the newly formed Tarsus Scripture School. For more information visit www.tarsus.ie.

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Andrew Pierce:

has a background in historical theology and is an Assistant Professor in the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD. He is involved in a variety of ecumenical projects – both grassroots and academic – and is particularly interested in how ideas about, and experiences of, place impact on religious self-understanding.

Nadia Quick:

is a Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans licensed teacher and a registered teacher and life member of the Royal Academy of Dance and a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Patrick Quinn:

PhD, has taught in third-level and adult education for more than 30 years with extensive publications in philosophy and education and a series of programmes on RTÉ radio and television.

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Ruzica Ruane:

Ruzica Ruane: is a native German speaker and qualified teacher of German as a foreign language. She has many years’ experience of teaching German to adults and students.

John Scally:

PhD, lectures in Theology in TCD and was a secondary school teacher for 20 years. He is the author of over 40 books. His most recent book is ‘Inspiration for all Seasons: Celtic Wisdom for Today’.

Sabine Schratz OP:

Dr. theol., MA Medieval and Modern History, is director of Lumen and member of the Dominican Historical Institute, Rome. She has published in the fields of church history, social justice and liturgical praxis and taught in third-level and adult education.

Dáire Stevenson:

BA, Irish and Economics, H.Dip. UCD. She is an experienced Irish teacher of both children and adults.

Eileen White:

Eileen has worked in Education for many years. She has worked in counselling and retreat work. Eileen has been practicing Centering Prayer for a number of years.

Marie Williams:

Marie Williams is Coordinator of the Dominican Justice Office, a project of Dominican Sisters, where she has spent over a decade working to promote social justice with a particular focus on anti-racism and integration. Currently, Marie accompanies mothers living in Direct Provision as well as those who have moved into the community. She coordinates a peer-support group, YMN (Young Mothers Network), which was initially set-up by two young mothers who sought asylum in Dublin and who wanted to find a way to bring together mothers who may feel as vulnerable and isolated as they had.

Edward Kessler:

MBE is a leading thinker in interfaith relations, primarily, Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. He is Founder President of the Woolf Institute and Fellow of St Edmund’s Colllege, Cambridge and has written or edited 12 books, including An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge, 2010), Jews, Christians and Muslims in Encounter (SCM, 2013) and Jesus (The History Press, 2016). At present, he is editing a Documentary History of Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge, 2023). Kessler regularly appears in the media commenting on religion and belief issues of the day. For full bio see: https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/people/dr-edwardkesslermbe

Amanda Dillon:

Amanda Dillon is a lecturer on the MA in Applied Spirituality programme in Waterford Institute of Technology. Her primary area of expertise is the Bible and Art and she has lectured widely on this subject in Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University and beyond. Female readers of the Bible, and female characters in the Bible and their afterlives are another dimension of her research and teaching. Amanda has published on the reception of the Bible in 21st century lectionaries, journaling Bibles, contemporary graphic design, the art of Marc Chagall, manga Bibles and urban and street art.