News And Events

The Adult Faith Development office are involved with many initiatives. Groups often provide news about what is going on in their areas. Also notice of coming events are posted here.


Certificate in Arts (Study of Religions)

Offered in UCC in September 2014

Overview: This course combines options within an introduction to the Study of Religions and to major religions of the world with an exposure to the internal diversity of Christianity and its different theological perspectives. Students have the option to study Christian theology and its diverse manifestations from foundational debates in early Christianity to contemporary feminist, liberation and interfaith theologies in different denominational contexts. Alternatively they can choose to be introduced to different approaches in studying religions and the major religions of the world. Religions included are Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism.

Course Detail: Students take 20 credits choosing between the following modules:

RG1101 Perspectives in Christian Theology (15 credits) (taught in Semesters 1 & 2)

This module examines perspectives in Christian theology, including Christology, Trinitarian Theology, Biblical Studies, Moral Theology, ecumenism and interfaith dialogue. It will develop understanding of these themes by exploring examples from a variety of cross-denominational perspectives including theologies of the Holy Spirit, ecclesiologies, Christianity in contemporary Ireland, pastoral and social theologies, feminist approaches in Christian theology and eco-theologies.


RG1001 Religions in the Contemporary World: An Introduction to the Study of Religions (15 credits) (taught in Semesters 1 & 2)

This module offers an introductory overview of a range of religions, linked to an introductory exploration of key theories, approaches and methodological issues in the Study of Religions such as the ‘insider/outsider’ problem, the meaning of ‘religion’, the sociology, psychology, anthropology and phenomenology of religion and topics such as religion and: modernity/postmodernity, power and globalisation.

All students take in addition the following module:

RG2050 Topics in Christian Theology (5 credits) (Semester 1)

This module focuses on aspects of Christian Theology. The module opens with a discussion of the nature of Christian theology, followed by the systematic exploration of representative topics including Christology, Trinitarian Theology, Biblical Studies, Moral Theology and Ethics, contextual theologies and ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue.

Assessment of this certificate is through a combination of learning journal, team projects and presentations and essays.

Informal enquiries may be directed to
or to: Dr Oliver Scharbrodt
or contact the Dept. Secretary Mrs Olive O’Flaherty ( +353-21-490-2359, Study of Religions Dept., Rm ORB2.22, O’Rahilly Building, UCC, College Road, Cork, Ireland.

Information and booking for all courses:

Diocesan Certificate in Bible Study

The Diocesan Certificate in Bible study is now well underway with sixty participants in the two groups; one based in Scala, Blackrock and the other in the West Cork Education Centre, Dunmanway.

The first public workshop took place on Saturday November 16th in the Sacred Heart Hall on the Western Rd.Over eighty participants of the Certificate in Bible Study heard Dr. Jessie Rogers from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. She spoke on the subject of Wisdom Literature in the Hebrew Scriptures.
The next module in the Certificate for both the City and Dunmanway will take place in the spring.

Trinity College Dublin
The Loyala Institute
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Did you know.…?
……about the new Catholic Theology Institute at Trinity?

At the heart of Trinity College Dublin there is now a brand new Institute of Catholic Theology with exciting programmes for undergraduate, postgraduate and occasional students.  If you know someone currently filling in their CAO form mention the possibility of a degree in theology, which, as a single or combined [currently being developed] arts degree can lead to a vast number of different career paths.  The Loyola Institute also offers courses which can be taken by any interested person to further their own knowledge.
For further information contact 01-896-4790 or email or check their website or facebook page.

Don’t forget theology can also be studied through existing courses at All Hallows, Mary Immaculate College, Mater Dei, Maynooth, and Thurles and as a distance subject with the Priory Institute, Tallaght.  If you are thinking about taking up study of theology as an adult you are welcome to contact the Adult Faith Development Office to discuss the options.  Some of the colleges take your previous experience into account and it may not be as difficult as you think!


Diocesan Certificate in Bible Study

Your Word, O Lord, is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path.
Module II (city)

An overview of the history,
people and places of the Hebrew Scriptures.     Rev. Ned Goold

The Torah                      Dr. Siobhán Dowling Long

The Prophets                        Rev. Professor Charles Conroy

Mondays; October 7th, 14th, 21st, November 4th, 11th 18th.
Scala, Blackrock, Cork.

Wisdom Literature in the Hebrew Scriptures.
Dr. Jessie Rogers.
Saturday November 16th, Sacred Heart Hall, Western Rd.
This lecture is open to the public. See below.
Cost of the Certificate in Bible Study Module €50.

Fr. Ned Goold is Parish Priest of Midleton. He studied scripture at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He lectured for many years on scripture in the adult cathetical course in U.C.C. and at various venues throughout Munster.

Dr. Siobhán Dowling Long works in Religious Education in the School of Education, UCC. Her book The Sacrifice of Isaac: The Reception of a Biblical Story in Music, was published in August and another will come out next year:- A Dictionary of the Bible in Music. She has given talks on the Hebrew Scriptures here in Ireland, and in the UK, Vienna, Estonia

Fr. Charles Conroy MSC, is emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies in the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He is a specialist in Biblical studies in Rome and Jerusalem. He taught at the Gregorian from 1977 until retirement in 2007 and is now resident in Cork in the Sacred Heart community, Western Road.

Dr. Jessie Rogers is originally from South Africa and has now made Ireland ‘home’. Jessie lectures in biblical studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Her current research interests include the book of Job, biblical themes in Irish Stained Glass, and Godly Play, a method of religious education for children. Her most recent published articles deal with the Book of Job and the iconography of the St John Window in the Honan Chapel, Cork. She lives just outside the village of Hospital with her husband and three daughters.


Montenotte, Cork

You are invited to a series of informal conversations on Monday evenings guided by the Ennismore Retreat Team and others:

Term 1 (Commencing Monday October 7th 2013 at 7.30pm)

  • Bookclub: The Experience of God – an invitation to do theology (Text provided)

Term 2 Topics (Commencing Monday January 20th 2014 at 7.30pm)

  • “Let’s hear it again for Vatican 11” – 2 Sessions
  • Religion and Science: Friend or Foe? – 2 Sessions
  • Pierre Claverie, OP – Friendship in faith: Islam and Christianity
  • Faith in a changing Ireland

Term 3 Topics (Commencing Monday April 28th 2014 at 7.30pm)

  • “What’s all this about the Bible?” : an introduction to Sacred Scripture – 2 Sessions
  • Cassian: on a Contemplative Way – 2 Sessions
  • Literature as a spiritual tool.

Format of the Conversation: an input followed by conversation over tea/coffee. The emphasis is on learning from each other! All are welcome! Come for one, two or all of the Conversations!

Cost:  Donation per night.
Information:  021-4502520    email:

SMA Bereavment Group.
Spring and Autumn.
For details please phone SMA Parish Office – 4341362

Lectio Divina
Parish Centre, Frankfield.
Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
All welcome.
Contact Pat Gaughan 021-4361654 or 087-6276707 or just come along.