In terms of publications, not only are CERRL personnel prominent in their respective fields, both International Studies in Catholic Education and The Pastoral Review are edited here.
Likewise, supporting teachers in their engagement with curricula is also an ongoing priority. Particularly in relation to recent reforms in RE and the new Curriculum directory, the Centre has been active in curriculum development and is committed to CPD and resourcing.
This unique peer reviewed journal was founded by Professor Gerald Grace in 2009 and is now disseminated among over 100 countries worldwide. Taking submissions from across the globe, the journal gives a unique picture of the fecundity of Catholic education and is destined to go from strength to strength under the editorship of Prof John Lydon.
Founded in 1931, this journal for those in pastoral ministry began life as the Clergy Review, before being renamed Priests and People in the 1980’s. Since 2005 when it came to St. Mary’s under the aegis of the late Michael Hayes, it has been called The Pastoral Review. As a forum for discussion and a resource for all those involved in ministry it serves a unique role. The title is owned by The Tablet publishing company but is curated at St. Mary’s with Prof. Towey and Rev. Dr. Ashley Beck acting as editor and reviews editor respectively.
Monographs and journal articles
Recent monograph exemplars would include:
- Fincham, D. (2021) | Being the Good Shepherd: Pastoral Care in Schools, OmniScriptum: Chisnau. ISBN 978-620-4-18562-0.
- Lydon, J., ed. (2018), Contemporary Perspectives on Catholic Education, Leominster: Gracewing ISBN: 978-0-85244-933-2
- North, K. and Towey, A (2022) Faithful Attraction: Church Strategies for Belief, Belonging and Discipleship London: Bloomsbury (Forthcoming).
- Towey, A (2018) An Introduction to Christian Theology : Biblical, Classical, Contemporary (2nd edition). Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9780567678195
Members of the Centre regularly submit journal articles, recent examples would include:
- Towey, A and McGrail, P(2020) Reconciling Catholic responses to Religious Education reform in England – empirical and analytical reflections, International Studies in Catholic Education, 12:2, 236-255
- Uttley, S (2020) ‘Forming Catholic school teachers and leaders as ‘missionary disciples’: a view from England and Wales’ in Educatio Catholica – Rome: Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education. 2020 vol 1-2 pp 165-173
- Towey, A (2019) Faith and Character Formation in Catholic Schools - A view from England and Wales. Educatio Catholica.
- Billingsley, B, Campbell, R and Dell, M (2020) Epistemic Insight: Promoting Collaborative Teaching between RE and Science Teachers. School Science Review.
- North, K. (2020) ‘Neither here nor there – in a good way? Mission and young people in a post-covid Church’ in Pastoral Review 16/4: 11-15.
Another way to access material is through the Open Access portal which includes the majority of publications by CERRL members, such as:
Consultancies and reports
Scholars in CERRL are active in a number of consultancies and ongoing research initiatives – a selection of which are itemized below:
In collaboration with the Diocese of Salford and the Integral Ecology Group based here at St Marys University, CERRL is managing a fieldwork project working with schools in the North of England to form a network of Laudato Si champions which in turn will be susceptible to an empirical study. More central than ever as a concern of the Church universal, it is hoped that CERRL will thus make its own contribution to ecological awareness of pupils in our Catholic schools.
This research report, completed by Dr Káren North, is based on data drawn from across England and Wales, the report examines ‘what works’ in terms of faith transmission among Catholic Young Adults. Original, contextual and empirical in its content, the report is also a practical and timely contribution to the preparations for the Synod on Youth held in Rome in Autumn 2018.
Made in God’s Image is a resource designed to support all those working in the Catholic educational sector to help challenge homophobic and bi-phobic bullying in our schools. It is the fruit of a project which has involved preliminary discussions with colleagues in education and theology, researching the practice of classroom teachers, liaising with dioceses and consulting with organisations already engaged in the field.
RE Reform CREDO Initiative 2020
CREDO (Catholic Religious Education Development Opportunities) launched a nationwide research project to track the effects of the 2016 RE Reform in Catholic Schools. The deliberate move towards ‘powerful knowledge’ has been a challenge to both teachers and pupils alive. Analysing both quantitative and qualitative data from a thoroughgoing national survey, Prof Anthony Towey from CERRL and Rev Dr Peter McGrail from Liverpool Hope University have produced two peer reviewed articles on their findings on a far-reaching reform which continues to impact the subject at KS4 and KS5: