Rev. Prof. Declan Marmion, S.M.

Declan Marmion
Rev. Prof. Declan Marmion, S.M.
Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Professor of Systematic Theology, Editor, Irish Theological Quarterly.
Contact Details
Phone: +353 (0)1 708 3627
Office: Room 7, Dunboyne House
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.30-12.30 or by appointment.

Research Interests

  • Trinitarian Theology
  • The Theology of Karl Rahner
  • The Synodal Vision of Pope Francis
  • The Relationship between Theology and Spirituality
  • Theological Anthropology

Highlighted Publications

Models of Priestly Formation. Assessing the Past. Reflecting on the Present, and Assessing the Future
“Karl Rahner, Vatican II, and the Shape of the Church”


A Spirituality of Everyday Faith: A Theological Investigation of the Notion of
Spirituality in Karl Rahner,
Louvain Theological & Pastoral Monographs 23, Louvain,
Peeters Press/Eerdmans, 1998.

An Introduction to the Trinity, with R. Van Nieuwenhove. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner [ed.] with M. E. Hines. Cambridge,
Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Theology in the Making: Biography, Contexts, Methods [ed.] with G. Thiessen. Dublin, Veritas, 2005.

  • Christian Identity in a Postmodern Age: Celebrating the Legacies of Karl Rahner and Bernard Lonergan [ed.] Dublin, Veritas, 2005. 

Trinity and Salvation: Theological, Spiritual and Aesthetic Perspectives, Studies in Theology, Society and Culture, Vol. 2 [ed.] with G. Thiessen. Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang, 2009.

Faith Questions, [ed.] with B. Leahy.  Dublin, Columba, Press. 2013.

Remembering the Reformation. Martin Luther and Catholic Theology [ed.] with S. Ryan and G. Thiessen.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017.

Co-editor with Norbert Hintersteiner (University of Műnster, Germany) and Gesa Thiessen (Trinity College, Dublin) of the “Theology, Society and Culture Series” with Peter Lang (2009–present; 13 vols. published to date).

Karl Rahner, "Experiences of a Catholic Theologian," Translated with an Introduction by Declan Marmion and Gesa Thiessen, Theological Studies 61, 2000, 3-15.

“Rahner and his Critics: Revisiting the Dialogue,” Irish Theological Quarterly 68, 2003, 195-212.

“Theology, Spirituality, and the Role of Experience in Karl Rahner,” Louvain Studies, 29, 2004, 49-76.

“Trinity and Salvation: A Dialogue with Catherine LaCugna, Irish Theological Quarterly 74, 2009, 115-29.

“Some Aspects of the Theological Legacy of Karl Rahner,” in Pádraic Conway & Fáinche Ryan, eds., Karl Rahner: Theologian for the Twenty-first Century, (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010), 3-22.

“Trinity and Tradition: Revisiting the Trinitarian Tradition East and West,” in The Shaping of Tradition, edited by Colby Dickinson, Lieven Boeve and Terrence Merrigan (Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia 70) (Leuven: Peeters Press, 2013), 267-81.

“Transcendental Thomisms.” Chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology, ed. Lewis Ayres, et al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, Published online 2017). See Transcendental Thomisms

“Between Transcendence and History, Trauma and Grace: Rahner’s Anthropology Revisited,” Louvain Studies 37, 2013, 309-26.

“Karl Rahner, Vatican II, and the Shape of the Church,” Theological Studies 78, 2017, 25-48.

‘From Foe to Friend: Martin Luther’s Legacy in Catholic Perspective.’ The Furrow 68, 2017, 523-31.



Undergraduate studies at the University of Passau, Germany and Milltown Institute, Dublin (BD). Graduate studies at Heythrop College, (M.Th); All Hallows College, Dublin (Dip. Past. Theol.), Trinity College, Dublin (H.Dip. Ed.) and the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium (STL, 1993; STD, 1996). Since 1997 taught at the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology and Head of Dept. of Systematic Theology (2006-2010). Appointed Professor of Systematic Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 2013. Editor of the Irish Theological Quarterly since 2013, Dean of the Faculty of Theology since 2015.

Declan Marmion Publications To 2020


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