Rev. Dr. John-Paul Sheridan

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Rev. Dr. John-Paul Sheridan

Director of Education Programmes; Erasmus+ EU Programme Coordinator; Lecturer in Systematic Theology; Lecturer in Religious Education and Catechesis

Theology Centre for Mission & Ministries

Contact Details

Phone: +353 (0)1 708 3637
Office: 18 Dunboyne House

Office hours: By appointment

Research Interests

  • Catholic Education and Schools
  • Student Teacher Religious Identity
  • Student Teacher Education
  • Teacher Identity
  • Primary Religious Education & Catechesis
  • Liturgical Catechesis & Sacramental Preparation
  • Spirituality of the Primary School Child


2004 Promises to Keep, Parents and Confirmation (Dublin: Veritas)

2012 I Believe in the God That I Believe In – The Religious Identity of Primary School Student Teachers (Saarbrücken: LAP)

2020 We Remember Maynooth – A College across Four Centuries. Co-edited with Salvador Ryan. Dublin, Messenger Publications.

2013 “A Visit to the Heart of Catholic Education: The Diocesan Advisor’s Perspective on the Primary Classroom and Beyond” in Hyland, Maura Why Send Your Child to a Catholic School (Dublin: Veritas)

2015 Mc Guckin, Conor; Christopher Alan Lewis; John-Paul Sheridan and Sharon Mary Cruise,“The Religious Socialisation of Young People in Ireland” in J. O'Higgins Norman (ed) Education Matters: Reading in Pastoral Care for School Chaplains, Guidance Counsellors and Teachers. (Dublin: Veritas)

2019 Religious Art and Liturgical Catechesis of Children. In Michael Buchannan & Adrian Gellel, editors. “Global Perspectives on Catholic Religious Education in Schools.” Singapore: Springer.

2019 Acedia, Memory and Contemplation - The Paintings in the College Chapel. In Wayne Morris, editor. “Acedia and the Transformation of Spiritual Malaise: Essays in Honour of Martin McAlinden.” Chester: University of Chester Press.

2019 The Politicisation of Catholic Education in Ireland. In Leonard Franchi, editor. “Catholicism, Culture, Education.” Paris: L’Harmattan.

2019 The Bible and the Child – Scripture as a Contribution to Religious Education. In Salvador Ryan & Liam M. Tracey OSM, editors. "The Cultural Reception of the Bible Explorations in Theology, Literature and the Arts. Essays in honour of Brendan McConvery, CSsR". Dublin: Four Courts.

2021 The Sign and Pledge of That Communion – Catholic Schools and Liturgy. In Denis Robinson, editor. “Living Ethos: Promoting Human Flourishing in an Educational Environment.

2021 Covid and the Spiritual Lives of Children. In Corley, Jeremy, Salvador Ryan and Neil Xavier O’Donoghue “Maynooth College Reflects on COVID-19 – Freedom of the Spirit in a Time of Pandemic”

2011 Secularization and the Primary School Student Teacher at University of Notre Dame at Research Conference Radical Emancipation: Confronting the Challenge of Secularism

2013 Teacher Religious Identity and the School Community at CEIST Eighth Annual Education Conference

2015 "Using Narrative in Religious Identity Research", at Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference, Maynooth University.

2018 The Politicisation of Catholic Education in Ireland at Association of Catholic Institutes for the Study of Education (ACISE) Annual Colloquium at the University of Glasgow

2019 “The Preposition Matters” – Catholic Education and its future relationship to the Irish State at a Symposium to mark the 40th Anniversary of Catechesi Tradendae at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow


Priest of the Diocese of Ferns and ordained in 1990. Undergraduate studies at Maynooth (BA) and Gregorian University, Rome (STB). Postgraduate Studies at Pontificio Ateneo S. Anselmo, Boston College (MEd), Trinity College, Dublin (PhD) and the King’s Inn (Diploma in Education and Law).

Curate in Athy, Co. Kildare (1990-1993), Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford (1993-2005) and Backwater, Co. Wexford (2005-2014). Parish Priest of Annacurra, Co. Wicklow (2017 to present).

Diocesan Advisor for Primary School Catechetics (1997-2014). Secretary of the National Association of Primary Diocesan Advisors (2001-2004); Member, Consultation Group for the writing of the Primary School Religious Education Programme (2002-2005); Member of the Senior Leadership Team ACE Advocates (Ireland). ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) is an education programme from the Institute for Education Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame, IN (2007-2018); Consultant to the New Primary School Religious Education Programme (2014-present).

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