Rev. Dr Oliver Treanor

Lecturer in Systematic Theology

Office Location: Room 4, Dunboyne House

Office Hours:
Wednesdays: 4.00–5.00 p.m.


Priest of the Diocese of Down and Connor, ordained 1978. Secular studies: Queen’s University, Belfast: 1968–74. Theological studies: Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome: 1974–84. Head of Religious Studies Department, St Malachy’s College, Belfast: 1984–96; Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Pontifical University, Maynooth since 1996. Served on the Department of Theological Questions, Inter-Church Meeting, and is currently on the Episcopal Commission for Clergy, Seminaries and the Permanent Diaconate.

Research Interests:

  • Ecclesiology
  • Eucharist
  • Sacramental Theology
  • Revelation

Select Publications:

  • Mother of the Redeemer, Mother of the Redeemed. Baltimore: Christian Classics Press, 1988
  • Seven Bells to Bethlehem. The O Antiphons, Leominster: Gracewing-Fowler Wright, 1996
  • This is My Beloved Son. Aspects of the Passion, London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1997
  • The God Who Loved Stories, London: St Pauls, 1999. 2d ed. Bangalore: Claretian Publications, 2000;
  • Editor, The Faith of the Catholic Church: A Summary, Veritas, Dublin, 2001.
  • “The Indissoluble Mystery”, Priests and People, Sept 1987;
  • “Marriage as Epiphany”, Priests and People, Feb 1988; International Christian Digest, Summer, 1988;
  • “Women and the Priesthood”, Religious Life Review, Sept 1988;
  • “Scripture, Tradition and the Local Church”, Priests and People, Mar 1991.

Current Research:

  • Eucharistic apostolicity and the visible structures of the Body of Christ
  • The nature of ecclesial personhood in the light of the Trinitarian communion
  • The sacramentality of revelation in the Church considered as Epiphany


  • Understanding the Church and Mary, its Model
  • The Construction of Modern Ecclesiology
  • Introduction to the Theology of Revelation
  • Eucharist: Source and Centre of the Sacramental Life
  • Making Sense with Theology
  • The Holy Spirit and the Sacraments of the New Creation
  • Introduction to Pneumatology