Anthony Towey

Contact Details

Email: anthony.towey@stmarys.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8240 4381

Education and Employment

Education

  • PGCE RE: Manchester Metropolitan University, 2001 - 2002
  • PHD Theology: Gregorian University, Rome, ‘Amicitia as Philosophical Foundation of the Eucharistic Theology of Thomas Aquinas’, 1991 - 1995
  • MA Biblical Theology: Biblicum/Gregorian, Rome, Diss: ‘The Hermeneutics of Luke 12:49”, 1985 - 1987
  • BA Theology & Philosophy: Gregorian University, Rome, 1981 - 1985
  • BSc International Trade and Development: London School of Economics & Political Science, 1978 - 1981.

Employment

  • Director: Aquinas Centre for Theological Literacy, 2013 - Present
  • Head of School: Theology Philosophy & History, 2008 - 2012
  • Programme Directorships: BA Theology 2007 - 2009, MA Theology 2006 - 2007, FD Healthcare Chaplaincy, 2005 - 2006 & 2011 - 2012, FD Youth Ministry 2008 -2011, FD Pastoral Ministry 2009 - 2012
  • Assistant Editor: The Pastoral Review, London/Tablet, 2006 - Present
  • Senior Lecturer in Theology: St. Mary’s University College, 2005 - Present
  • Head of RE: Loreto College, Manchester, 2002 - 2004
  • Student Services/Chaplaincy: Sheffield Hallam University, 1995 - 2001
  • Lecturer: Ushaw College, Durham, 1998
  • Lecturer: Oscott College, Birmingham, 1997
  • In-Service Training Officer: Hallam Diocese, Sheffield, 1995 - 2001
  • Academic Tutor: English College/Gregorian University, 1990 - 1994
  • Chaplain: Rotherham District General, 1987 - 1990
  • Chaplain: St Bede’s & St. Bernard’s, Rotherham, 1987 - 1990.

Pedagogy

Taught Courses

Postgraduate:

  • MA Theology: Bible & Pastoral Theology, Ecclesiology
  • MA Bioethics: Human Beings and Human Action.

Undergraduate:

  • BA Theology: Seminars in Theological Methodology, Foundations in Biblical Studies, Pauline Christianity, Scripture in Contemporary Contexts Foundations in Christian Theology, Christology & Trinity, Ecclesiology
  • BA Philosophy: Being and Action
  • FD Healthcare Chaplaincy: The Human Person, The Human One (Christology)
  • FD Youth Ministry & FD Pastoral Ministry: Biblical Foundations
  • Short Courses: Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Christology, Ecclesiology, Sacraments and Ethics
  • KS3-4: RE, Balderstone School Rochdale and Rivington School, Horwich
  • KS5: RE & AS/2: Religious Studies (OCR), Loreto College Manchester
  • Aim Higher Summer Schools: Philosophical Hermeneutics.

Curriculum Design

  • Loreto College: New Sixth Form Curriculum (2001 - 2002)
  • St. Mary’s University: FD Healthcare Chaplaincy, Youth Ministry and Pastoral Ministry (2005 - 2008), Revalidations of MA Pastoral Theology, BA Theology, Design of Single Honours Philosophy (2008 - 2012).

School/ Sixth-Form Study Days (recent)

  • Philosophy of Religion: St. Peters, Guildford, October 2016
  • Faith of the Mind: Wimbledon College, June 2016
  • Natural Law and Quirky Ethics: Loreto College, Manchester, December 2015
  • Life as the Sum of our Choices: St. Mary’s University, January 2015
  • Philosophy, Utilitarianism and Bioethics: Loreto College, Manchester, November 2014
  • The Gospel of Mark: St. Joseph’s, Slough, October 2013.

CPD for Teachers (recent)

  • A-Level Reform: Commonalities and Novelties, Westminster Heads of RE, Brighton, June 2016
  • Imago Dei: London RE Hub, April 2016
  • Christianity & RE: Panel Debate, London RE Hub, April 2016
  • Year of Mercy & Faith Schools: INSET Conference, Weybridge, February 2016
  • RE Reform: Principles & Perspectives, Southwark CPD, November 2015
  • Theological Literacy & RE Reform: Westminster Province Headteachers & Governors, September 2015
  • RE Reform: Principles & Perspectives, CREDO Days at St. Mary’s, Newman and Liverpool Hope Universities, June - July 2015
  • RE Reform: Principles & Perspectives, Westminster Heads of RE, London, June 2015
  • Theological Principles of a Catholic School: INSET Conference, Hereford, January 2015
  • Faith Formation in Theory and Practice: Merton Headteacher’s Conference, June 2014
  • Catechesis & Ethos of Catholic Schools: Putney Deanery INSET
  • CCRS and Catholic Schools: Southwark Headteachers Conference, November 2013.

Research

Research Supervision

Supervised & Awarded (*= as Co-supervisor)

  • PhD. ‘An Arendtian Analysis of H. Shipman’ (S. Hyer)*
  • PhD. ‘Orality as Casualty: Bible, Colonialism & the Bemba Language’ (T. Mukuka)* Winter 2014
  • M.Phil. ‘Efficacy of Catholic Political Lobbying in 20th Century’ (W. White) Winter 2013
  • PhD. ‘The Faith Disposition of Head Teachers’ (C. Richardson) Summer 2012
  • PhD. ‘Towards a Feminist Pedagogy of Desire’ (P. Cullen) Summer 2011*
  • PhD. ‘John Paul II and the Hebrew Scriptures’ (M. Tower) Winter 2010
  • PhD. ‘Ecclesial Understanding of the Permanent Diaconate’ (B. Stringer) Summer 2010.

Supervisions in Progress

  • PhD. ‘Origins & Theology of Faith Movement’ (J. Mersey)*
  • M.Phil. ‘Ethics of Tube feeding’ & PVS (R. Gay)
  • PhD. ‘Youth Ministry & Resilience’ (J. Cornwell)*
  • Ph.D. ‘Newman and Certainty’ (P. McHugh)
  • M.Phil. ‘Gender authority & complementarity’ (C. Joyce)
  • PhD. ‘John of the Cross’ (T. Holland)
  • M.Phil. ‘Laurentin & Mariology’ (Sr C. Jones).

Examined

  • The Life and Legacy of Eric Doyle OFM’ (B.Abbott) Lampeter University, 2015
  • Ethical Sex’ (A. McCarthy), 2014
  • Charism and Faith Schools’ (J. Lydon), 2012
  • M.Phil ‘J. Vanier & L’Arche’ (K. Hall) Exeter University, 2012
  • Autonomy & Patristic Anthropology’ (P. Matthews), 2010
  • 19th Century Apologetics: Ozanam, Jowett & Dölger’ (C. Dyzcek), 2008.

Research Projects

  • RE Reform: Joint Co-ordinator with Dr. P. McGrail of CES/NBRIA Catholic Universities research project (St. Mary’s, Liverpool Hope, Newman University, Leeds Trinity, Heythrop College), 2016 - Present
  • CCRS & Religious Literacy: Led by R.S. Buttle in partnership with Liverpool Hope/ CES/ NBRIA, 2016 - Present
  • Visions for Educational Leadership: Theological Advisor (CES/ Heythrop), 2014 - 2015
  • Human Dignity: Universal or Useless: Project Co-ordinator of St. Mary’s observatory team, CBET (Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies), 2010 - 2013
  • CCRS and Theological Literacy: St. Mary’s University, 2004 - 2006
  • Amicitia as Philosophical Foundation of the Eucharistic Theology of Thomas Aquinas’, 1990 - 1995.

Conference Hosting (recent)

  • Theology of the Body, with L. Butau: Formators and Educators Conference, Strawberry Hill, April 2016
  • RE Reform: CREDO Teachers Conference, Strawberry Hill, June 2015
  • Church Credibility and Culture, Catholic Theological Association, Durham, September 2012
  • Life and Love: with L. Butau: III International Theology of the Body Conference Strawberry Hill, June 2011
  • Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Theological Association, Strawberry Hill, September 2011.

Conference Presentations (recent)

  • ‘Sensus Fidei in the Life of the Church’, Catholic Theological Association, September 2016
  • ‘Catholicism & Credibility: The Challenge of Faith Formation’, Limerick Diocesan Synod, March 2016
  • ‘Laudato Si’ or No?’, St. Mary’s Symposium on the Encyclical, November 2015
  • ‘Let there be light or lunacy’ St. Mary’s Symposium on Science and Religion, June 2015
  • ‘RE Reform: Challenge and Opportunity’: Vatican II and Catholic Education, Heythrop College, June 2015
  • ‘Six Black Holes of Catechesis’, CES/NBRIA Board of Studies Biennial Conference, Hothorpe Hall, March 2014
  • ‘Ecumenical Tectonics in Selected Documents of Vatican II’, Joint Commission on Doctrine Biennial Conference, Glasgow, March 2013
  • Dignitatis Humanae. Vatican II: A Sure Compass, St. John’s Wonersh, September 2013
  • ‘From Fear of Freedom to Freedom from Fear’ Fifty Years of Vatican II, Limerick, October 2012
  • ‘Eyes to See: Religion as Recognition from Adam to Rousselot’ III Theology of the Body Conference, Strawberry Hill, June 2011
  • ‘Benedict XVI, Heisenberg & the “Sensus Plenior”’ 400th Anniversary of KJV, Winchester University, 2011.

Learned Societies

  • Catholic Theological Association 1995 - Present
  • European Society for Catholic Theology 2005 - Present
  • American Academy of Religion 2005 - Present
  • Society of Biblical Literature 2005 - Present.

Publications

Monographs

  • The New GCSE Religious Studies Course for Catholic Schools Vols I & II, (Ed.) Chawton: Redemptorist, 2016, 580pp
  • Introduction to Christian Theology: Biblical, Classical Contemporary, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013, 560pp
  • Amicitia as Philosophical Foundation in the Eucharistic Theology of Thomas Aquinas (Rome: PUG) 1995 , 200pp.

Forthcoming:

  • The Eduqas GCSE Religious Studies Course for Catholic Schools, (Ed.) Chawton: Redemptorist, 2016, 400pp
  • Philosophy of Religion and Ethics: Contemporary Christian Perspectives (Ed.) London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017, 300pp
  • Doctrine and Scripture: Contemporary Christian Perspectives (Ed.) London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017, 300pp
  • Catholicism: Guide for the Perplexed, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018, 300pp.

Articles

  • ‘RE Reform: A Battle for the Soul of Catholic Education?’ The Pastoral Review, September 2016
  • ‘Breaking the Word: Weekdays I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII – The Pastoral Review Dec 2013 - Nov 2015
  • ‘Five Callings of the Catholic Teacher’ Le Chiele, December 2013
  • ‘Dei Verbum: Fit for Purpose?’ New Blackfriars 90 (2009) 206-218
  • ‘One Flew out of the Atheist’s Nest’: Philosophy, Science & Theology’, The Pastoral Review, January 2007
  • ‘CCRS & Theological Literacy’, The Pastoral Review, January 2006
  • ‘Breaking the Word: Sundays’, The Pastoral Review, May 2005.

Book Chapters

  • ‘Damascus and Pastoral Ministry’ in Hayes, M. In Praise of Paul, London: St. Paul, 2009.

Forthcoming:

  • ‘Religious Education Reform in the Catholic Schools of England and Wales’ in Hayes, M. & Lydon, J. Contemporary Catholic Education: A Reader – Leominster: Gracewing, 2016
  • ‘Jesus as Healer’ in Scott, P & Matthews, P. Hospital Chaplaincy. Leominster: Gracewing, 2017.

Book Reviews

  • Catholicism O’Collins, G. & Farrugia, M. (2014) and The Reluctant Disciple Wells, D. (2014) in Pastoral Review, March 2015
  • Evidence & Transcendence (Inman), Pastoral Review, January 2009
  • Watchmen Raise their Voices (Boland), Pastoral Review September 2006
  • Intelligent Person’s Guide to Christian Ethics (McCoy) & Bad, Mad or God? (Redford) Pastoral Review, September 2005.

Media

  • ARC Website – ‘Aquinas Resource and Conferencing’ www.aquinas.org.uk
  • Life in Christ Ed. North, K. & Toryusen J. YouCat DVD resource www.scys.org.uk/lifeinchrist
  • ‘RE: Reformed or Deformed?’ The Tablet, August 2016
  • ‘What you Believe is what your Life is’, Church Times, February 2016
  • ‘This Bird has Flown’ on A.G. Flew in Kairos, Melbourne, July 2010 & The Catholic Herald, London, August 2010.

Externality

Public Policy

  • RE Council UK: Appointment as Expert Advisor to Independent Commission on RE, June 2016
  • Ofqual: Government RE Subject Knowledge, External Expert, 2016
  • APPG on Religious Literacy: Participant contributor, 2016
  • DfE via CREDO: ‘Catholic Religious Education Development Opportunities’, A-Level/GCSE Consultation, 2014 - 2015
  • Cambridge-Leuven Initiative: Ethics and Public Policy in the EU, 2014 - 2015.

Public Examination Boards

  • AQA: Syllabus & Assessment Designer, GCSE RS, 2015 - 2016
  • OCR: Examiner/Team Leader, A-Level RS – 2002 - 2006
  • Edexcel: Examiner, GCSE RS, 2001 - 2002.

Higher Education

  • Chief Examiner for Humanities Cluster, Newman University, 2014 - 2016
  • Institutional Review, Humanities Programmes, Leeds Trinity University, 2013
  • Institutional Review, Migration to 20 Credit system, Newman University, 2013
  • Examiner for TRS, Newman University, 2012 - 2016
  • Examiner for TRS, Heythrop College, 2008 - 2011
  • TRS Re-Validation Panel, Cumbria University, 2008
  • External Moderator, FD Mission and Ministry, Wesley College, Bristol, 2008 - 2011
  • TRS UK Heads, Member, 2008 - Present
  • External Moderator for University of Surrey at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, 2006 - 2012.

Ecclesial Policy & Praxis

  • CREDO - ‘Catholic Religious Education Development Opportunities’, Chaired by CES/ NBRIA, Founder Member
  • CES: Theological Secondment for RE Reform, Jan - Aug 2015
  • Jonah and Judith, Vicars for Religious National Conference, Leeds, October 2015
  • Scripture in Seminary, Wonersh, February 2014
  • Mindfulness and Ministry, International Diaconate Conference, London, June 2011
  • Chaplain as Itinerant Referent, Westminster Hospitals, November 2010
  • Theological Anthropology and Chaplaincy Ethics, Combined Forces Chaplaincy, Amport, 2008.

Pastoral Formation (selected)

  • Dei Verbum: Why Catholics can’t be Fundamentalists, Celebrate Conference, Twickenham, June 2015
  • Theology & the Liturgy of Life Study Day, East Molesey, May 2015
  • Catholicism through the prism of Eucharist, Clear Voices Festival of Theology, Buckfast, June 2014
  • Introducing Theology: Conviction, Conversation & Thinking Differently, Milton Keynes, June 2014
  • Love is the Measure, High Melton College, July 2013
  • Dei Verbum, Study Group, Ealing Abbey, November 2012
  • Bible & Eucharist: Study Day, East Molesey, December 2011
  • Nomad as Normal: Biblical Perspectives on Migrants & Asylum Seekers, Christian Education Centre, Tooting Bec, April 2010
  • Paul & Ecumenism, Association of Interfaith Families, London, March 2009
  • Paul: Companion in Conflict, Ecumenical Study Day, Portsmouth Cathedral, November 2008
  • Eucharist, Sacrifice and Judgement, Theology on Tap, London, July 2008
  • Rejoice! Diocesan Millennium Event, Sheffield Arena, October 2000.