Research and Resourcing in Catholic Education and Formation
The Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy is a research and resourcing centre for Catholic education and formation based in the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s University.
Committed to the founding principles of the University itself, the Centre is operates at the interface of research and practice in Catholic education understood principally in the context of schools, colleges and parishes, but also by necessity in dialogue with the wider social and cultural matrices of our time.
Theological literacy has valency with important elements of the educational and ecclesial enterprise. On campus the Centre boasts a number of experts connected to its various dimensions, including:
- Edmund Boyle and Cathy Hobday (Key Stage 4-5 RE and PSE)
- Karen North (Catechesis and Faith Transmission)
- Rev Dr Ashley Beck (Diaconate formation and Catholic Social Teaching)
- Prof Roderick Strange (Priestly Formation and J H Newman)
- Dr Tarcisius Mukuka (Biblical Literacy)
- Leonora Butau (Theology of the Body)
- Dr Pia Matthews (Theological Anthropology)
- Dr John McDade (University Leadership and Ethos)
- Dr John Lydon and Dr David Fincham (Faith school leadership and research methods)
Likewise, the Head of School, Key Stage 1-2 expert Dr Maureen Glackin has also contributed original research in School Chaplaincy and the Director of the Centre, Dr Anthony Towey is an innovative figure in matters relating to the reform of the GCSE and A Level RE in the Catholic context.
Work of the Centre
While the Aquinas Centre is already undertaking research on behalf of national bodies such as the Catholic Education Service (CES) and National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisors (NBRIA), its expertise is also in demand from schools and dioceses for consultancy, professional development, conferencing and short courses at all levels.