Prof. Séamus O’Connell

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Prof. Séamus O’Connell

Professor of Sacred Scripture / Course Director for Higher Diploma in Theological Studies


Contact Details

Phone: +353 (0)1 708 3600
Office: 11 Dunboyne House

Office hours: By appointment: please email for a date and time

Research Interests

  • Identification and exploration of redactional features in the Gospel of Mark as keys to the Gospel’s composition history and theology.
  • Narrative Pneumatology in the Synoptic Gospels, in particular the Gospel of Mark
  • Lectio Divina and Scripture in the Pastoral Life of the Church
  • The Synoptic Problem and its significance for the Gospel Interpretation

Highlighted Publications

“NOT Black Riding Hood: Lectio Divina and Biblical Discourse.” Intercom 42 (Sept 2012): 12–13.
“Lectio and Love”, Intercom 44 (April, 2014), 10-11.


“Lectio Divina: The Challenge in the Academic Setting” in Bernard Treacy, alii (eds), Reading Scripture for Living the Christian Life, [Doctrine and Life 59 (2009)], 32–46.

  • “St Joseph and the Future of the Irish Church” The Furrow (68) 2017: 158–65

Lectio Divina and the Transformation of Theological Education. 

“Unbarring the Doors.” The Furrow 64 (Sept 2013):


Priest of the Diocese of Kerry, ordained in 1982. Undergraduate studies in Maynooth (BSc and BD); graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (SSL) and in Fribourg (DTheol). Chaplain, Millstreet Community School, Co. Cork (1986–89); Director of Scriptural Formation for the Diocese of Kerry (1992–1998). Lecturer in Sacred Scripture, 1998, appointed Professor 2006. Chair, Committee on Scripture Use, National Bible Society of Ireland (1996–2015); President, Irish Biblical Association (2002–2005); Member, Catholic Biblical Association of America (2009–present); Member, Irish Episcopal Committee for Theology (1999–2016); Member, Consultative Committee for the Study of Near Eastern Religions, RIA (2005–2009); Convenor, Workgroup on Theology in Higher Education (2005–2009); Member, Program Committee, Catholic Biblical Association of America (2009–16); Member, Executive Board, Catholic Biblical Association of America (2016–18); Representative the Irish Episcopal Conference for the Catholic Biblical Federation (2011–present). Co-ordinator: Southern and Western European Subregion, CBF (2013–2015); Member of CBF Executive Committee (2015–present).

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