Your teachers

Dr Oliver V. Brennan

Dr Brennan is the Director of Religious Education at the Archdiocese of Armagh.  A former Professor of Pastoral Theology at Pontifical University, Maynooth, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Fordham University, New York and Lecturer and Course Facilitator for the Shekinah Diploma – Youth Ministry Study Programme.

Declan Browne

Declan is an Occupational Psychologist and Theologian with over 20 years experience working within both Private sector and within the Church. In the 1980’s Declan spent 8 years within the order of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart MSC’s. In 1992 he set up his first fully lay retreat team ‘Koinonia’. He and his wife Annmarie set up MIR Retreat Centre in 2004 as a response to a vision they have for the Church, a vision that all people will come to know the love of Christ for them personally. Declan is married with 5 Children.

Ciaran Coll

Donegal native, Ciaran Coll is a teacher of Music and Religion in St. Mary’s Holy Faith Secondary School in Glasnevin Dublin. He is a graduate of Theology and Philosophy from All Hallows College, DCU and completed his teaching training in Trinity College Dublin. Ciaran is very involved in the work of Music Ministry for young people and is a regular contributor at school/parish workshops and talks in the area of Liturgical Music and Youth Ministry.

Dr Finola Cunnane

Dr Cunnane is a lecturer in Theology, Scripture, Spirituality, Psychology, Education, Leadership and Pastoral Care in Universities in Ireland, England, Malta and the United States.  She is also Director of Theology and Education courses in Ireland, England, Canada, New Zealand and United States.  Her current role with Shekinah is as a Lecturer and Course Facilitator for the Youth Ministry Study Programme.  

Other activities include :

  • Development Education Practitioner
  • Facilitator of Preached and Directed Retreats.
  • Spiritual Director.

Dr John Feehan

Retired Associate Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science at UCD. John contributes to the Sabbatical Programme at An Tairseach, and lectures widely throughout Ireland on aspects of creation spirituality and the relationship between science and religion. For more details see the entry in Wikipedia (‘John Feehan’).

Mary Fitzgerald

Retired Deputy Principal from Heywood Community School, Co. Laois.

Currently-School Placement Tutor with Hibernia College on the Professional Masters in Post-Primary Education course.

Richard Hendrick

Brother Richard is a priest-friar of the Irish Capuchin Franciscan Province. For over 20 years he has worked to bring the insights of the Christian Contemplative tradition to greater awareness. He was director of Youth Ministry for the Irish Capuchins for over ten years and has worked at both secondary and third level as a retreat giver and chaplain. With the Sanctuary Mindfulness and Spirituality Centre in Dublin he has created many of the youth and teacher training programs and is also one of the core Shekinah Youth Retreat Ministry Training Program developers.

Fr. John Horan

John is a trained teacher and has worked in schools as both teacher and Principal for many years.  He was twice elected Provincial of the Salesian Priests and Brothers in Ireland, Tunisia and Malta and he also worked as Parish Priest.  He directed the Salesian School Retreat Team and presently directs the Salesian spirituality centre in Milford, Limerick.

Kathleen Mc Donnell

Kathleen is a qualified teacher, having taught in both secondary & primary schools in the U.K. and as a Resource Teacher in Ireland.  She has many years’ experience as a facilitator of retreats.

Fr Joe Mc Grath

Joe has been working with young people in a variety of different contexts over the last 30 years, primarily in the areas of teaching, psychotherapy, retreat facilitation, sports coaching and stage performance.  Joe has a particular passion for using drama in all his work with young people.  He likes to use the drama skills and knowledge gained in trying to re-present the Good News of the Gospel in a rapidly changing youth culture.

Ms Julieann Moran

A Master’s graduate from St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Julieann has recently joined the team at World Missions Ireland as the National Secretary for the Society of Missionary Children. Julieann’s previous posts have been both ecclesial and educational working at the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Catholic Primary Schools’ Management Association. 

Sr Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer is a Salesian Sister. She has many years experience as a secondary school teacher and youth retreat facilitator. She founded the Shekinah training course and is the representative for youth retreats on the Youth and Young Adult ministry committee under the auspices of the Council for Pastoral Renewal and Adult Faith Development. (Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference)

Aoife Walsh

Graduated from Mary Immaculate College Limerick with a degree in Theology and History and then did her H Dip in NUIG Galway and qualified as a Secondary School Teacher. She has been working in full time youth ministry in the Diocese of Limerick since 2004. Aoife is also a Safeguarding Children Trainer and Tutor for the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Sr. Teresa Devine

Teresa worked for many years in the field of alternative education.  She spent five years in Africa where the plight of communities suffering from environmental degradation was heightened. On her return she did her master’s degree in Ecology & Religion while working as Co-ordinator of the Youthreach Programme under Co. Meath VEC. Teresa directed the Dominican Ecology Centre for two years and since then is an advocate for the care of the Earth through various initiatives.

Dr. Cora O'Farrell

Cora O'Farrell is a lecturer at the School of Human Development, Dublin City University, where she teaches Catholic Religious Education to student teachers. She has been very involved in the development of the Grow In Love texts for Irish primary schools (writing and advisory roles). She has particular expertise in Montessori inspired forms of Religious Education and she is a trainer and practitioner of Godly Play.

Mr.Gerard Gallagher

Gerard Gallagher works for the Archdiocese of Dublin in the Office for Evangelisation & Ecumenism as Pastoral Coordinator specialising in the area of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. He is passionate about generating new ideas in the area of pastoral ministry, especially among young adults. He was a member of the team that delivered the Year of Evangelisation Programme in Dublin (2009) and was a member of the Local Planning Committee for the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin 2012. He has led many groups to World Youth Day and will lead a group to Panama in 2019.

Fr. Chris O'Donnell

Chris is from Adare Co. Limerick. He originally trained as a primary teacher and taught in St Corban's, Naas for three years. He was ordained for the Limerick Diocese in 2005. He spent 12 years working in youth ministry with Aoife Walsh in the Limerick Diocesan Pastoral Centre. In summer 2017 we was appointed to work in Veritas on the Grow in Love primary school religious textbook.