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.

Phil Dunne:

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

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.

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.

Vivian Boland OP

Vivian is an Irish Dominican who has taught theology at Tallaght, London, Oxford and now at the Angelicum University in Rome. His recently published book, The Spirit of Catholicism (Bloomsbury, 2021), will provide the basis for these four sessions.

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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.

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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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.

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.

Ellen (Rose) Gormley:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aidan Mathews:

 Married with two daughters and three granddaughters, Aidan’s old enough to have served the Latin Mass, but naive enough not to mind the tumult in today’s Church. As a child of the second Vatican council, he and his ageing cohort have been through Christian forms of Captivity and Exodus – and sometimes both at the same time. Schooled for ten years by the Jesuits, and teaching with them for a time, Aidan finished up at Stanford, where he studied the scriptures under René Girard. He worked for forty years as a Religion producer in RTE, and his writings mix fiction (stories, plays, philosophy) and non-fiction (poetry).

Daniele Pevarello:

Daniele Pevarello teaches Early Christianity in the School of Religion, Theology, and Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin. He studied Second Temple Judaism, New Testament and early Christianity in Rome, Bielefeld and Cambridge. His research focuses on the interaction between Early Christian thought and Graeco-Roman culture with special emphasis on the origins of Christian asceticism and the construction of Christian regional identities in the late Antique world.

Rev. Ciarán O’ Carroll

Rev. Ciarán O’ Carroll is the parish priest of Sacred Heart Parish, Donnybrook, Dublin.  Formerly Rector of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome he holds a doctorate in ecclesiastical history.  He graduated from University College Dublin, the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum, and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He has taught ecclesiastical history at a variety of Catholic Colleges and institutes and contributed to a variety of works on the Catholic Church in Ireland in the nineteenth century.

Ruth Lockhart:

MA in Art History, BA in Fine Art and Translation, native German speaker, has taught in third-level and adult education for over 25 years. She also works as a painter in her own studio.

Theo Riches

Theo Riches: Ph.D., is a medieval historian and has studied and taught at several institutions in the UK and Germany, including Manchester, London, Hamburg and Münster. His primary interest is the development of religion and politics in the tenth through twelfth centuries.

John O’Riordan

BA (UCD) in Art History, English and History, MA in Art History (UCD). He has many years experience of teaching Art History in third level and adult education.

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Brian Grogan SJ

Brian Grogan SJ is a former Associate Professor of Spirituality at Milltown Institute. His writings on Ignatian spirituality include a recent biography of Pedro Arrupe, former General of the Jesuits. He is author of Where to From Here?–The Christian Vision of Life after Death, and To Grow In Love–A Spirituality of Ageing, Dying and Glory. His concern for the environment is expressed in Finding God in a Leaf and in Creation Walk–The Amazing Story of a Small Blue Planet.