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JAN16: “Surprised by Mercy: the Vision of Pope Francis – pastoral, spiritual, cultural”
January 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - January 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Retreats Ireland Annual Conference.
Father Gallagher is an author, professor, theologian, and intellectual interested in examinations of “faith and unbelief, culture and spirituality.” After studying literature at University College Dublin and Caen University, he entered the Jesuits at an early age. As a student at Oxford in Renaissance literature, he focused on the poetry of George Herbert. His experience studying literature has provided a unique—but fruitful—background to the study of theology. He served as a lecturer in modern English and American literature at University College, Dublin. In 1979, he received his doctorate in theology at Queen’s University, Belfast—the first Roman Catholic to do so in theology. He published his first book, Help my Unbelief (1983). Moving to Rome, he has worked on the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers and the Pontifical Council for Culture. He became a professor of fundamental theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where from 2005-2008 he served as dean of the theology faculty. His courses include: “unbelief and culture, seminars on Newman, Bernard Lonergan, the relationship between theology and imagination, and the history of thinking on the act of faith.” Since September 2009, he has served as Rector of the Collegio Bellarmino in Rome, a Jesuit community for post-graduate students. His book, Faith Maps: Ten Religious Explorers from Newman to Joseph Ratzinger was published in 2010.
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