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The Launch of a book about Alec Reid, Hopes for a book about Gerry Reynolds

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, reporting on former Irish president Mary McAleese’s launch of ‘One Man, One God: The Peace Ministry of Fr Alec Reid CSsR.’ The book was written by Fr Martin McKeever, a fellow Redemptorist. Reid (1931-2013) played a pivotal role in the Northern Ireland peace process. He […]

Doherty to Talk on Dan Cummings’ ‘Rest and Be Thankful’, 31 May

Rosemary Doherty, whose efforts insured that the excellent autobiography of her late uncle Fr Dan Cummings CSsR, was published in 2015, will be giving a talk about the book on Wednesday 31 May, 7.30 pm, in Clonard Monastery in Belfast. Cummings was part of the liberation forces at Belsen Concentration Camp. Two artefacts from the Camp (a […]

‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence and Institutional Abuse Contributed to the Rise of ‘No Religion’?

I presented a paper today on “‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence and Institutional Abuse Contributed to the Rise of ‘No Religion’?” It was part of a workshop on “ ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison,” hosted by the ‘Religion and […]

Workshop on Nones in Selected Countries, Muenster, 4-5 May

I’m in Muenster today and tomorrow for a workshop on ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison. It’s hosted by the ‘Religion and Politics’ Cluster of Excellence at Muenster University. I’m presenting my paper today on ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence […]

What is the Future of Catholicism in Ireland? Newstalk Breakfast with Fr Gerry O’Hanlon

Fr Gerry O’Hanlon, a Jesuit priest, was interviewed yesterday morning on the Newstalk Breakfast radio show. O’Hanlon referenced a number of issues that are raised in the latest issue of the Jesuit journal Studies, which has ‘The Future of Irish Catholicism’ as its theme. O’Hanlon has written the lead article in the special issue, which also […]

Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? Keynote at ICC’s AGM

I was the keynote speaker at today’s Annual General Meeting of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC) at Belfast Central Mission. My address was titled, ‘Do the Churches have a Place in a Post-Catholic Ireland? The Sociological Reasons for Hope.’ I have reproduced the introduction to my address below. You can read the full text here: ICC […]

‘To have that Image in your mind is Powerful and Transformative’ – Discussion on Faith in Northern Ireland on All Things Considered, BBC Radio Wales

  I was part of a discussion on ‘Faith in Northern Ireland’ on Sunday’s BBC Radio Wales religious affairs programme, All Things Considered, hosted by Roy Jenkins. The other panellists were Rev Brian Anderson, a Methodist minister and Vice President of the Irish Council of Churches (ICC), and Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela […]

Fr Patrick Devine on Conflict Transformation in Eastern Africa

This week (22 March), the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice hosted Fr Patrick Devine for a lecture on “Inter-Ethnic Conflict Transformation Methods: Applications in Eastern Africa.” Fr Devine is the founder of the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation in Nairobi, Kenya, an inter-religious organization pioneering conflict transformation […]

Religion in Northern Ireland and the Elections: Commentary in ‘Dagen’, Sweden

I was interviewed by the Swedish newspaper ‘Dagen’ (which translates as ‘Day’) on religion and current issues in Northern Ireland, including the recent elections and the Brexit vote. The story was published with the headline, ‘Spänningarna ökar i Nordirland – återigen’, or: ‘Tensions are increasing in Northern Ireland – Again.’ The full story is of […]