President, Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth


Priest of the Diocese of Dromore, ordained in 1987. Undergraduate studies Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth BA (Hons) (NUI, 1983); BD (Hons) (Pontifical University, 1986); Postgraduate Studies: Gregorian University, Rome 1987 – 88; Licentiate in Theology (1988); Doctorate in Theology DD (1991).

Executive Secretary Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference (June 1991 – October 1997 [2 three-year terms]); Secretary and Member of Inter-Church Standing Committee On Mixed Marriages (1991-1997); Lecturer in Moral Theology, Pontifical University, Maynooth (October 1997), appointed Professor in January 2007. Member Conseil d’Administration, College des Irlandais, Paris (1997 – 2007); Vice-President St Patrick’s College Maynooth (1999 – 2007); Treasurer, Maynooth Union, June (1999 – 2007); Secretary and Member of Maynooth College Finance Committee (1999 – 2007); Registrar, Pontifical University, Maynooth (2001 – 2006); President St Patrick’s College Maynooth (1st September 2007 – present).

Research Interests:

  • Human Rights
  • Virtue Ethics
  • Marital and Sexual Ethics
  • Professional Ethics

Select Publications:


The Irish Penitentials and their Significance for the Sacrament of Penance Today. Dublin:Four Courts Press, 1995.
Sin. New Century Theology Series. London and New York: Continuum, 2002.


“L’Universalité de l’Eglise dans l’Europe Sans Frontières” [Proceedings of a Colloquium entitled ‘Ô Europe, Combien de frontières’ Budapest, October 1998].

“Sin” in John Bowden (ed.). Christianity: The Complete Guide. London and New York: Continuum, 2005.

“Sin and Sinfulness” in Patrick Hannon (ed.). Moral Theology. A Reader. Dublin: Veritas, 2006.

“An Authentic Celtic Voice: the Irish Penitential and Contemporary Discourse on Reconciliation” in Amelia Fleming (ed.). Contemporary Irish Moral Discourse. Essays in Honour of Patrick Hannon. Dublin: Columba Press, 2007.

Current Research:

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