Dr Aoife McGrath

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Dr Aoife McGrath

Director of Pastoral Theology; Lecturer in Pastoral Theology


Contact Details

Email: aoife.mcgrath@spcm.ie
Phone: +353 (0)1 708 3497
Office: 20 Dunboyne House

Office hours: Tuesdays 9.30am-11.00am and 2.30pm-4.00pm (or by appointment)

Research Interests

  • Discipleship and Ministry
  • Lay Pastoral Ministry
  • Marriage and the Family
  • Experience as a source of Theological Understanding


'A Snapshot of Marriage in Irish Society,' in Marriage and the Irish: A Miscellany, ed. Salvador Ryan (Forthcoming).

'Professional Lay Pastoral Ministry: Preserving Integrity & Quality of Practice,' in Priesthood Today: Ministry in a Changing Church, ed. Eamonn Conway (Dublin: Veritas, 2013), 64-75. 

'Lay Pastoral Ministry in the Church: Navigating towards Renewal,' Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review 101, no. 404 (Winter 2012): 449-458.

'Dialogue among the Faithful: Parish and Diocesan Conversations,' The Furrow 62, no. 2 (February 2011): 79-87.

With Philip Hughes and Stephen Reid, Exploring Lay Pastoral Ministry in the Catholic Church (Revised January 2016). [See Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry website.]

On behalf of the Working Group for Catholic Third Level Education, 'The Future of Catholic Third Level Education in Ireland: Models, Clustering, & Theology in the Academy' (February 2014). [Internal report.]

On behalf of the Working Group for Catholic Third Level Education, 'Report to the Catholic Education Service Committee (on the Catholic Higher Education Landscape in Ireland)' (April 2013). [Limited release report.]

Association of Teachers of Moral Theology (ATMT)

The British & Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT)

Irish Theological Association (ITA) - Committee Member

Writer for 'Faithful Stewards of God’s Grace: Lay Pastoral Ministers in the Church in Australia,' National Guidelines document promoting the vocation of lay people called to the pastoral ministry of service (forthcoming). [Due to be launched in conjunction with Proclaim 2018 conference in Brisbane, 12-14 July, 2018. See Australian Catholic Council for Lay Pastoral Ministry website.]

'Encountering Christ through the Family,' Monday at the Monastery, Advent talk (Presentation Brothers House, Dún Laoghaire, 4 December 2017).

'Advent Day of Reflection for Parish Ministers,' Reflection Day (Knock Shrine, 25 November 2017).

'Light through the Cracks: Life in Local Communities,' Workshops and Speaker at Mass (Knock Novena, 20 August 2017).

Resource Person for the Synod Theme 'New Models of Leadership' (Limerick Diocesan Synod 2016).


Graduate of Pontifical University, Maynooth. Further studies at Mater Dei Institute, Dublin (Master’s Degree in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work). Guest Lecturer in Moral Theology (Maynooth, 2003-2007); Part-time Lecturer in Moral Theology (Thurles, 2009; Mater Dei Institute, 2013). Parish Pastoral Worker in the parish of St Joseph & St Benildus and St Mary’s, Waterford (2009-2012). Placement Supervisor (Maynooth, 2012-2013). Research Assistant with the Catholic Education Service, agency of the Congregation of Religious in Ireland and the Irish Episcopal Conference (2012-2014). Research Assistant with the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Melbourne (2014). Project Officer with the Christian Research Association, Melbourne (2015). Part-time Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Maynooth (2015-2017). Lecturer in Pastoral Theology and Academic and Pastoral Support Co-ordinator, Maynooth (2017-2019). Director of Pastoral Theology (2019-present)

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