Lecturer in Religious Education

Lecturer in Religious Education

PhD; MTh; BATh

Katie is a Lecturer within the Department of Education. She is a graduate of the Pontifical University, Maynooth with a PhD in Theology. Prior to her appointment in St Angela’s College, she was an Assistant Professor in Theology in the School of Religion, Trinity College, Dublin. Katie has also lectured, on an adjunct basis, in the Mater Dei Institute of Education, Maynooth University, and Carlow College.

Katie’s research interests include Social Ethics, Political Theology, Feminist Theologies, Contemporary Religious Education, Theological Anthropology, and Fundamental Moral Theology. 

Year: 2022
Publication: “Persistent Gender Inequality: Why Catholic Social Teaching Needs the Capability Approach,” in Integral Development: Capabilities and Catholic Social Teaching edited by Séverine Deneulin and Clemens Sedmack (Notre Dame: Notre Dame Press, 2022).

Year: 2022
Publication: “Public Theology in the Catholic Tradition,” in T&T Clark Handbook of Public Theology edited by Christoph Hubenthal and Christiane Alpers (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2022).

 Year 2012:
“Nothing is True that Forces One to Exclude,” Maynooth Theological Journal 2 (2012): 7-12. 

Year 2011:
“Towards an Understanding of the Role of Narrative as a Moral Category in the Work of Stanley Hauerwas,” Maynooth Theological Journal 1 (2011): 54-58.

“The Capabilities Approach to Development and the Common Good,” Maynooth Theological Journal 1 (2011): 8-11.


  • “Capabilities and Contemporary Moral Theology: Likely Bedfellows?” Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, Oxford University, December 2017. 
  • “Remembering the Past: A Response to Nigel Biggar.” Remembering 1916 Symposium, Dublin, January 2016.  
  • “Catholic Social Teaching and Capabilities Discourse.” Seminar on Catholic Social Teaching in Comparative Perspective, Maynooth University, January 2015. 
  • “Capabilities Discourse and Contemporary Moral Theology: Confronting Injustice?” Pontifical University, Maynooth, 2014. 
  • “Capabilities and the Common Good.” The European Society for Catholic Theology, Bratislava, 2011. 
  • “What’s the Moral of the Story? The Role of Narrative in Moral Theology.” Interface Conference, Maynooth, 2011. 



Book Review
Review of "Connecting Lives: Interbelief Dialogue in Contemporary Ireland" Doctrine and Life (September 2021).

Book Launch 
Book Launch, Maynooth College Reflects on Covid-19: New Realities in Uncertain Times , Pontifical University, Maynooth (May 2021). 

Leadership of International, Interdisciplinary Conferences:  

  • John Main: “A Hunger for Depth and Meaning” Trinity College, Dublin, September 2017. 
  • Conference Organizer: “Faith in Action: Supporting Women in the Face of HIV.” Pontifical University Maynooth, 5 December 2013  
  • Conference Sessional Chair: World Café with Marilynne Robinson. Pontifical University, Maynooth, 3 October 2013  

Committee Membership  

  • Teaching and Learning Committee, St Angela’s College, Sligo (2019-Present) 
  • School of Religion Ethics Committee, Trinity College Dublin (2017-2019) 
  • School of Religion Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, Trinity College Dublin (2017-2019) 

Civic Engagement/Outreach

  • Academic Advisor: “Here Be Dragons” (2020) by United Fall in VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow (supported by the Arts Council of Ireland). 
  • Pathways Programme Lecture: “The Second Vatican Council and its ongoing relevance” Clonliffe College, November 2017. 
  • Pathways Programme Lecture: “What Happened at Vatican II?” Clonliffe College, 27 October 2016. 
  • Loyola Trust Lecture: “Laudato Si’” On Care for Our Common Home.” Loyola Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, 23 November 2016. 
  • Student Recruitment: “Studying CTS @ Loyola Institute.” Trinity College, Dublin, September 2016-December 2016-2017. 
  • Student Recruitment: “Crime & Punishment.” Dominican College, Belfast, January 2016. 
  • “Taking Theology at A-Levels and Beyond.” Dominican College, Belfast, January 2016. 
  • “Religious Ethics: Foundations, Principles and Practice.” Stormont, Belfast, February 2016. 

Honours and Awards:

  • TCD Students’ Union Lecturer of Excellence (2014 & 2015);
  • Scholastic Trust Doctoral Scholarship (2013);
  • Leighlin J. Sweeney Scholarship (2011).

Professional Associations:
Irish Theological Association;Association of Teachers of Moral Theology in the UK and Ireland; European Society for Catholic Theology

Reviews (e.g. journal):
Review of On Earth as it is in Heaven: Cultivating a Contemporary Theology of Creation, by David Vincent Meconi, Irish Theological Quarterly, 83, (2), 2018, p182-184.

Review of Morality Truly Christian, Truly African: Foundational, Methodological, and Theological Considerations, by Paulinus Ikechukwu Odozor, Irish Theological Quarterly, 83, (2), 2018, p190-191.