Giovanna Feeley

Acting Director of the Pastoral Theology Programme

Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3597

Email: Giovanna.Feeley[at]

Office Location: Room 20, Dunboyne House

Office Hours: Giovanna is currently on leave for Semester Two 2013-2014


Giovanna completed undergraduate studies at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin (Religious Studies, Education, English). She then taught at Holy Family Secondary School, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, for seven years, before taking on the fulltime role of Parish Pastoral & Liturgical Coordinator in Ashbourne/Donaghmore Parish, Diocese of Meath, for a further six years. In 2005 she began postgraduate studies at the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth (Liturgical Music, Theology), during which time she served a term as Acting Director of Sacred Music & College Chapel Choir. She was appointed Co-Ordinator of Pastoral Placement Education in 2007 and was also an Invited Lecturer in Pastoral Ministry at St Patrick’s College, Thurles, from 2008 to 2010. In 2011 she was appointed Acting Director & Lecturer in Pastoral Theology.

Professional memberships and theological roles/associations:

Member of National Council for Liturgy of the Irish Bishops’ Conference
Member of British & Irish Association of Pastoral Theology (BIAPT)
Member of Theological Action Research Network (TARN)
Founding Member of the NETWORK of Lay Pastoral Workers in Ireland
Associate Member of Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (IACP)

Council Member and Public Relations Officer of the Irish Church Music Association (2007-2012)
Member of Diocese of Meath Liturgy Commission (2010-2012)
Advisory member of Archdiocese of Dublin Formation Team for the pastoral formation of candidates for permanent diaconate (2009-2012)
Member of Diocese of Meath Pastoral Renewal & Adult Faith Development Team (2007-2010)
Member of Archdiocese of Dublin Liturgy Commission (2002-2006)

Research Interests:

  • The integration of ordained ministers and lay pastoral workers into existing ecclesial structures: pastoral, ecclesiological, and professional issues
  • Supervision and on-going formation in ministry
  • The nature of praise and its relationship to pastoral liturgical music practices


Select Publications and Papers Presented:


  • “Handling the Word,” in Treasures of Irish Christianity Volume II: A People of the Word, eds., Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2013.
  • Sursum Corda: Lifting Hearts and Voices,” Intercom Volume 43, No. 5 (2013).
  • “Drawing Water Joyfully,” Intercom Volume 40, No. 4 (2010).
  • “Summer School of the Irish Church Music Association,” New Liturgy (October 2010).
  • Then Sings My Soul: Perspectives on Parish Liturgical Music,” The Furrow Volume 59, No. 3 (2009).
  • Trust in the Lord (octavo edition). Suffolk: Decani Music, 2004.
  • “Employing lay pastoral workers in ministry,” Intercom Volume 34, No. 9 (2002)
  • Benedictus and Magnificat (octavo edition). Suffolk: Decani Music, 2001.



  • “Chant and the New Translation of the Roman Missal,” at The Mystery of Faith: Annual Summer School of the Irish Church Music Association (ICMA), 4-8 July 2011.
  • “Six Songs of Encounter: An Illustrated Discussion,” at Visiting the Divine: Religious Practice in a Post Secular World: Annual Symposium of the Irish Centre for Faith and Culture, 3 March 2011.
  • “The Presider and the New Translation of the Roman Missal: Pastoral and Liturgical Considerations,” at Biennial Conference of the Diocese of Meath, 11 October 2010.
  • “Music in Liturgical Offices for Irish Saints: Sung Examples,” at Irish Saints and the Liturgy:  45th Consecutive Roscrea Conference, Mount St Joseph’s Abbey, 30 October-1 November 2009.
  • “The Nature of Praise,” at The Early Irish Church and the Intellectual Tradition: Conference jointly hosted by the Maynooth Medieval and Renaissance Forum in association with the Irish Philosophical Society, Clonmacnoise, 12-13 October 2008.
  • “Workers in the Vineyard: Employing Lay People in Ministry,” at Biennial Conference of the Diocese of Meath, 1 September 2008.
  • “The Psalms and the Human Condition: Considerations for Pastoral Liturgical Musicians,” 7-11 July 2008, at Annual Summer School of the Irish Church Music Association (ICMA), 2 July 2008.




PT301 Practising Theology: For Life Abundant

PT302 Theological Reflection: Integrating Belief and Practice

RS307 From Praise to Practice: A Rationale for Pastoral Theology


PT408 Faith Practices in Pastoral Settings

PT410 Contextual Theology

PT411 Theological Reflection & Supervision in Ministry

PT412 Pastoral Placement Education


Forged in the Crucible: Spirituality of the Catholic School Teacher (Diploma Catholic Education)

Links and Other Interests:

British & Irish Association of Pastoral Theology

Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy

Irish Church Music Association

Liturgical Music in parish practice

Chant performance and interpretation      

English Language art song

Irish Sign Language & Deaf Studies