Diane Corkery Head of Religious Studies Department

Name: Diane Corkery
Position: Head of Religious Studies
Tel: +353 (0)504 21201
Email: dcorkery@stpats.ie

BATh (2002, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)
MTh (2004, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)
Propaedeutic Greek and Hebrew (2006, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome).

Awards and Scholarships:
BATh Prize (2002, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)
Third Year Dogma Prize (2002, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)
The New Testament Greek Prize (2003, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)
The Michael Devlin Scholarship (2003, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth)

Undergraduate Teaching:
Synoptic Gospels; Gospel of John; Pauline Literature; Introduction to Religion and Theology; Christology.

Research Interests:
- The Synoptic Gospels
- Temple theology in Luke-Acts
- Religion and Film
- Religious Education


“Religion, Education and The West Wing.” REA: Religion, Education and the Arts, Issue 9 (2014): 78-95.

“Jesus’ Birth in Luke 2:1-20: A Text of Hospitality and Inclusion?” Scripture In Church 44/175 (2014): 117-126.

“Hear the Cry of the Poor: Reflections on Evangelii Gaudium and the Scriptures.” Intercom 44/5 (2014): 14-15.

“The Lukan Jesus as Religious Educator.” Doctrine and Life 64/4 (2014): 4-17.

Give Up Yer Aul Sins: The Word in Irish Animation.” In Treasures of Irish Christianity: A People of the Word, volume ii, edited by Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy, 270-273. Dublin: Veritas, 2013.

“Walt Kowalski A Christ-Figure? Christic Resonances in Gran Torino.” Journal of Religion and Film 15, no. 2 (2011).

“The Scriptural Roots of the Diaconate.” In Deacons: Ministers of Christ and of God’s Mysteries, edited by Gearóid Dullea, 17-28. Dublin: Veritas, 2010.

“Commentary and Reflections for Sundays and Festivals.” Scripture In Church 150 (2008): 32-42.

“A Thought for a Homily.” Intercom 36, no. 9 (2007): 39, 41, 43, 45, 47.

“Commentary and Reflections for Sundays and Festivals.” Scripture In Church 147 (2007): 60-70.

“Reflections for Weekdays and Saints’ Days.” Scripture In Church 144 (2006): 85-93.

Book Reviews:
Review of Filled With The Spirit, by John R. Levison. Irish Theological Quarterly 78, no. 2 (May 2013):198-199.
Review of People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke’s View of the Church, by Graham H. Twelftree. Irish Theological Quarterly 76, no. 1 (February 2011): 97-99.
Review of The Gospel of John in Cultural and Rhetorical Perspective, by Jerome H. Neyrey. The Expository Times 121, no. 12 (September 2010): 625-626.
Review of Luke: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist, by Mikeal C. Parsons. The Expository Times 121, no. 8 (May 2010): 413-414.
Review of Spiritual Landscape: Images Of The Spiritual Life In The Gospel of Luke, by James L. Resseguie. Irish Theological Quarterly 69, no. 4 (December 2004): 414-415.

Memberships of Associations:
- Member, Irish Biblical Association
- Member, Catholic Biblical Association of America
- Board Member, The European Society for Catholic Theology (Irish Section)

Miriam Moffitt
Name: Dr Miriam Moffitt
Position: Lecturer

Email: mmoffitt@stpats.ie

MA in Local History (NUI Maynooth)
MA in Church History (University of Nottingham)
MA in Religion, Identity and Conflict (Queen’s University Belfast)
PhD in History (NUI Maynooth)

Undergraduate Teaching 
History of Christianity

Research Interests: 

The intersection of religion, politics and associational culture in Ireland
The formation of collective memories: how the teaching of history has shaped our perceptions of identity
History of the Protestant communities in Ireland
History of missionary work and philanthropy in Ireland and abroad


Clanricarde’s Planters: land agitation in east Galway, 1886-1916 (Dublin: Maynooth Series in Local History, Four Courts Press, 2011)
The Society for Irish Church Missions to the Roman Catholics, 1846-1950 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010)
Soupers and Jumpers: the Protestant missions in Connemara, 1848-1937 (Dublin: Nonsuch (Ireland) Ltd, 2008)
‘A servant to the service’, a history of the Public Service Friendly Society (Dublin: Public Service Publishing, 2007)
The Church of Ireland community of Killala and Achonry, 1870-1940 (Dublin: Maynooth Series in Local History, Irish Academic Press, 1998)

Journal articles and book chapters
‘Protestantism in Mayo in the twentieth century’ in William Nolan and Gerard Moran (eds.), Mayo, History and Society (Dublin: Geography Publications, forthcoming [Spring, 2014])
‘Scripture reading among Irish Catholics’ in Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy (eds.), Treasures of Irish Christianity: people and places; images and texts (Dublin: Veritas, 2013)
‘Protestant tenant farmers and the land league’ in Carla King and Conor McNamara (eds.), The West of Ireland: New Perspectives on the Nineteenth Century (Dublin: The History Press, 2011)
‘The Protestant experience of revolution in County Leitrim, 1911-1928’ in Breifne Journal (2011)
‘The conversion of Connemara: the conflict between Paul Cullen and John MacHale in Daire Keogh and Albert McDonnell (eds), Cardinal Paul Cullen and his world (Dublin, Four Courts Press, 2010)
‘The Society for Irish Church Missions to the Roman Catholics: Philanthropy or Bribery?’ in International Bulletin of Missionary Research (Jan. 2006), vol. xxx, issue i., 32-38

Memberships of Associations:
Committee Member: Church of Ireland Historical Society
Committee Member: NUI Maynooth History Forum
Founder Member: Centre for the Study of Irish Protestantism

Ursula Lawlor PBVM

Position: Lecturer
Email: ulawler@stpats.ie

Ursula has a background in a variety of educational and pastoral settings, including the delivery of school and parish retreats.  Along with teaching in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, she also teaches moral theology in All Hallows College, Dublin.

MA in Applied Ethics and Theology (Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy)
BD (Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy)
B Comm (University College Dublin)

Member of the Irish Theological Association

Research Interests
Catholic social teaching and the social economy
Veritatis Splendor and moral theology
Special issues in moral theology (Bioethics)

Conference Presentations
‘Vatican II: Event or Non-event for Moral Theology?’ All Hallows College, Dublin. October, 2012.
‘Human Rights in Catholic Social Teaching.’  Irish Missionary Union Conference.  Marino College of Education, Dublin. March 2012.
‘Engaging Adults in Evolving Parish Structures: A Contribution from the Perspective of the Catholic School.’ Researching the Church in Ireland Conference. St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. October, 2008.
Marie Russell
Marie Russell taught Religious Education, Law and Business Studies at post-primary level. Marie has worked in industry and has taught as a volunteer in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Nigeria, West Africa.

Qualifications: BA (Legal Science & History); BA in Theology; MA; H. Dip in Education; Higher Diploma in the Teaching of Religion.

Modules: World Religions, The God Question, Christology & The Trinity.

Research Interests: - Religious pluralism & Interreligious dialogue

Contact Details: mrussell@stpats.ie
Mary T. O’Brien PBVM
Mary has taught and administered at Second Level, lectured at UCC, MIC/UL, All Hallows College, Dublin, DBI Limerick, Dioceses of Kildare & Leighlin, Killaloe, Cork & Ross, Kerry and widely in the US. She acted as Editor of Intercom (Resource Magazine of the Irish Bishops’ Conference) 2003-2008. She continues to lecture in Scripture at the Dominican Biblical Institute in Limerick and on the Permanent Diaconate Programme of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.  She conducts Retreats and Workshops in Ireland and in the US. Mary enjoys writing academic papers and articles related to her work and research interests, and acts as a Reviewer for SBL. She is an active member of the Irish Biblical Association, the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Qualifications: BA, MA, H.D.E., PhD

Undergraduate Teaching: The Pentateuch; Prophetic Literature; Deuteronomic History.

Specialist Areas: Pauline Studies; Intertextuality; The Psalms of Israel; Johannine Studies

Research Interests: St Paul’s Letter to the Romans; Psalm 69; OT texts at work in NT; The Bible and Art; Consecrated Life in the Twenty-first Century.

Membership of Associations: Active membership of the following: Irish Biblical Association; Catholic Biblical Association of America; Society of Biblical Literature; Catholic Comment.

Select Publications (2003-2013)
“The Kilnaruane Pillar Stone”.  In Treasures of Irish Christianity: A People of the Word, volume ii, edited by Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy. Dublin: Veritas, 2013.

Co-authored with Anne M. O’Leary, Women of Light. Sharing Nano Nagle’s Gospel Vision. Dakota Papers. Limerick: Union of Presentation Sisters, 2011.

“The Psalter at work in Paul’s Letter to the Romans”.  In Romans, edited by Udo Schnelle. Leuven: Peeters, 2010.

“Making a Fresh Start with Saint Paul”.  LUCEAT . Annual publication St Patrick’s College, Thurles, 2009.

Co-authored with Anne M. O’Leary, Contemplating the Mystery. Living the Vision.Los Gatos Papers. San Antonio, TX: Union of Presentation Sisters, 2009.

“The Scapegoat”.  Intercom (April, 2007).

“The Language of Lament”.  LUCEAT (2007).

“Celebrating the Word”.  Intercom (November, 2006)

“Illuminating the Word.  The St John’s Bible”. Intercom (June, 2005)

Intercom 2003 –2008.  Monthly Editorial and monthly liturgical section.

“Women, Spirituality and Literature”. In Spirituality for our times, edited by Joseph Putti.  Thurles: St Patrick’s College, Thurles, 2005.

“The Psalms of Israel.” Reality (April, 2004).

“Latecomers to the Light. A Study of the Roles of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea in John’s Gospel.” New Theology Review (November, 2003/ February 2004).

“The Rendezvous”.  Review for Religious (February, 2003).

Book Reviews
1. Review of The Making of Paul (2009), by Richard I. Pervo. PIBA (Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association), 2011, no. 30.
2. Review of The Art of the Saint John’s Bible. A Reader’s Guide to Wisdom Books and Prophets (2010), by Susan Sink. The Furrow, February, 2011.
3. Review of Understanding the Gospels (2009), by Vicente Balaguer. The Furrow, December, 2010.
4. Review of Jesus, a Jewish Galilean (2004), by Sean Freyne. PIBA (Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association), 2005, no. 28.
5. Review of The Origins of Paul’s Gospel, by Seyoon Kim. PIBA (Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association), 2003, no. 26.

Poems published in the following collections and elsewhere:
Poetry Today; Watching the River Flow; Poetry Ireland; As the Poet said; Poets of Beara; Outlines

Academic Papers presented
1. “Who is God for Paul in First Corinthians?” Pauline Seminar, Catholic Biblical Association of America, Notre Dame, Indiana, August 2012.
2. “The Jealousy Motif in Romans 9-11”, Paper delivered at SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) International, London, 2011.
3. “The Psalter in Paul’s Letter to the Romans”, Paper delivered at KUV Summer School, Leuven 2008

Contact Details: mobrien@stpats.ie
Dr Gerard Condon
Gerard is a Diocesan Adviser for Religious Education in the Diocese of Cloyne.

Qualifications: BA (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth); BD, STL (Gregorian University, Rome); HDE (University College Cork); DD (Gregorian University, Rome)

Modules: The Spirituality of the Educator

Research Interests:
- Spiritual Direction
- Catechetics.
- Christology.
- Jungian psychology and the interpretation of dreams.
- The Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Select Publications:

The Power of Dreams. A Christian Guide. Dublin: Columba Press, 2008.

“Learning that is not Taught: Spirituality and the Dreams of Children.” The Way 51/1 (2012): 41-54.

“Religious Education and the Revised Junior Cycle.” Intercom 42/8 (2012): 18-19.

“‘An Ordinary Modern Villa.’ Doneraile Parochial House.” Mallow Field Club Journal 30 (2012): 41-50.

“Issues in Post Primary Religious Education.” Intercom 41/8 (2011): 20.

“An Cliadh Dúbh: A Linear Earthwork in North Cork.” Mallow Field Club Journal 28 (2010): 15-24.

“The Personal Journal. A Spiritual Quest.” Spirituality 16 (2010): 228-231.

Membership of Association:
- National Association of Post-Primary Diocesan Advisers
- Diocese of Cloyne: Council of Priests

Contact Details: gcondon@stpats.ie
Rev. Joe Tynan
Joe is currently ministering as curate in the parish of Moycarkey/Borris in Co. Tipperary. He is involved in various Adult Education Initiatives throughout the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly. Joe is also a member of the Wellsprings Team, which provides training for Boards of Management in relation to Catholic Ethos for Primary Schools. He facilitates training for Parish Eucharistic Ministers & Readers.

Certificate in Philosophy; B.A. in Theology; S.T.L

The Moral Challenge; Virtue Ethics

Research Interests:
- Analysis of 100 years of Catholic Social Teaching
- The Crisis in Moral Theology as addressed by Veritatis Splendor

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