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John O’Riordan

BA, MA in Art History from UCD. He taught the subject for several years in the BA programme in UCD and was also a visiting lecturer on the Communications Degree course DCU.

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Andrew Pierce

has a background in historical theology and is an assistant professor in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. 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.


Kieran O’Mahony, OSA

Member of the Order of St Augustine and a Scripture scholar. At present, he is employed by the Archdiocese of Dublin, promoting the biblical ministry in parishes and among those involved in ministry. His books include What Does The Bible Say About The Stranger, Do We Still Need St Paul? and Speaking from within: towards better preaching.


Bill Mathews, SJ

Trained in the Ira Progoff Intensive Journal programme and is generally interested in biography and autobiography.

Dorrie Balfe

Dorrie Balfe OP

Dorrie worked in education in South Africa and in Pastoral Theology at All Hallows College. Main teaching subjects: Creation Theology, Biblical Studies and Feminist Theology.

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Marie Helène Dolan

BA, French & English, Brest University. Experienced French teacher, including many years in the Alliance Française, Dublin.


Phil Dunne

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


Ruzica Ruane

Qualified native German speaker. Many years’ experience of teaching German to adults and students.

Sabine Schratz

Sabine Schratz, OP

Dr. theol. (University of Münster), MA Medieval and Modern History, is director of Lumen. She has published in the fields of Church History and liturgical praxis and taught in third-level and adult education.


Heather Abrahamson

BA Mod. (Hons.) Italian & French, Trinity College. Has many years’ experience in Adult Education.

Amanda Dillon

Amanda Dillon

AMANDA DILLON: is a lecturer in the areas of Scripture, Spirituality and the Visual Arts.


Jane Bailey, IBVM

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

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Blanaid Gallagher, OP

Experienced teacher and pastoral worker. Facilitator of Centering Prayer Groups. Works on a Retreat Team.


Marianne Smulders

Graduate of the Irish Yoga Association, with years of experience in this field.

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Patrick Quinn

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 these topics on RTE radio and television.


Sean Goan

BA, BD, LSS is a teacher and Scripture scholar who has been involved in adult faith development for many years. He has given courses on biblical themes and spirituality in a variety of locations around the country. He has also written commentaries on the Sunday readings for readers in Church.