Dr Mary McCaughey

Lecturer in Systematic Theology

Tel: + 353(01) 7083498

Email: mary.mccaughey@spcm.ie

Office Location: Room 10, Dunboyne House.

Office Hours: By appointment or Thursday 2.00-4.00pm


Undergraduate studies in Trinity College, Dublin (BBS, 1993) and St Patrick’s College, Maynooth (BD, 2002); Graduate Studies at University College, Dublin (MEqSt, 1994; HDip Ed, 1996) and Maynooth (HDip Phil; 1998, STL, 2005; DD, 2012). Second Level Teacher of Religion and German (1996-1997) and A- Level Religious Studies (2003-4). Lecturer in Systematic Theology:  Maynooth, 2008 to present (appointment as Lecturer, 2013); All Hallows College, Dublin (2007-2012); St Patrick’s College, Thurles (2007-2011). Religion Tutor Hibernia College, Dublin (2002-2012), appointed Lead Tutor and Course Co-ordinator, (2010-2013). Member, Mariological Society of America; Member, Ratzinger Neuer Schülerkreis; Chairperson, Irish Ratzinger Symposium Committee.

Current Research Interests:

  • The Church as Hermeneutical Community; Reception and Interpretation of Revelation
  • The Theology of  Joseph Ratzinger
  • Ecclesiology of Communion; The Marian Profile of the Church; Contextual Ecclesiology
  • Mariology and Theological Anthropology

Select Publications:

McCaughey, M. The Church as Hermeneutical Community and the Place of Embodied Faith in Joseph Ratzinger and Lewis S. Mudge. Bern: Peter Lang, 2015. https://peterlangoxford.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/new-publication-the-church-as-hermeneutical-community-and-the-place-of-embodied-faith/

(Articles in Books)

McCaughey, M. “Joseph Ratzinger on the Democratic Character of the Magisterium” In Dienst und Einheit. Reflexionen zum petrinischen Amt in ökumenischer Perspektive, edited by Michaela C. Hastetter and Christoph Ohly, 234-249. Sankt Ottilien: EOS Verlag, 2014

_______.“What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives?” In Faith Questions, edited by Brendan Leahy and Declan Marmion, 66-68. Dublin: Columba Press, 2013.

______.“What about Women in the Church?” In Faith Questions, 81-83.

______.“What happens after death?” In Faith Questions, 84-86.

______.“What is the Church saying about Ecology?” In Faith Questions, 90-92.

______.“Receiving the Word: Lectio Divina and Church Renewal in the Irish Context.” In Treasures of Irish Christianity, Volume 2, edited by Brendan Leahy and Salvador Ryan. Veritas: Dublin, 2013.

______.“Joseph Ratzinger’s Contextual Understanding of the Church as Communion: Embodied, Existential, Ecstatic Praxis,” 682-698. Proceedings of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress Symposium of Theology, Volume 3. Veritas: Dublin, 2013. http://www.iec2012.ie/media/1MaryMcCaughey1.pdf

(Journal Articles)

______.“Reason, Reality and the Re-personalisation of being: a response to Charles Taylor’s characterisation of the Impersonal Order.” in REA: A Journal of Religion, Education and the Arts, no.7, 2011. http://rea.materdei.ie/media/Issue%207/REA%20Issue%207%20-%20McCaughey.pdf

Book Reviews:

McCaughey. “Maelstrom of Love.” Review of Maelstrom of Love by Oliver Treanor, The Furrow 65, no. 11 (2014): 573.

______. “ Conversion and Holiness.” Review of Conversion and Holiness by Donal Dorr. The Furrow 65, no.4 (2014): 259.

(Other Publications) 

______.“Religious Education in the Catholic Primary School: the Irish Context.” Hibernia Religion Course Module, Session 5. Dublin: Hibernia College: August, 2012.

______.“From the Head to the Heart.” In Ambassadors for Christ, edited by Kathleen O’ Sullivan, SSL, 76-84. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1997.

Current Modules:

Undergraduate Modules

  • Introduction to Ecclesiology (ST 400)
  • Ecclesiology: A People in Communion with God and Others (ST 209)
  • Mariology (ST 207)
  • The God of Jesus Christ (ST 205)
  • Ecumenism, Inter-Religious Dialogue and Catholic Learning (EM 301)
  • Principles and Practice of Ecumenism and Inter-religious Dialogue (EM 201)

Postgraduate Modules:

  • Ecclesiology: Communion in Context (PG 407)
  • Ressourcement and Renewal in Twentieth Century Catholic Theology (PG 602)
  • Methods in Systematic Theology: From Classical Paradigms to Contemporary Approaches (PG 601)