One day Conference 25th February, 2022

One Day Conference 25th February 2022

The Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education (DCU)

is pleased to host

A Network for Researchers in Catholic Education Event


Conference organisers: Dr Sean Whittle ( and Dr Seán Henry (

This one-day event, the first of its kind, will be putting the spotlight on the relationship between LGBTQ+ matters and the philosophy and theology of Catholic education.

On the whole many contemporary Catholic schools have become inclusive communities, in which there are pastorally sensitive ways of accommodating (and in some instances even celebrating) LGBTQ+ students.  However, approaches framed in terms of ‘accommodation’ and ‘pastoral support’ can be limited, particularly when they are situated within philosophical and theological traditions that have (historically to the present day) marginalised LGBTQ+ people. In light of this, how can we go beyond a pastoral approach to these issues and explore how a positive engagement with LGBTQ+ matters can enrich and develop Catholic education? 


Conference confirmed keynote speakers include:

Dr Seán Henry (Technological University Dublin)

Dr Patricia Kieran (Mary Immaculate College) 

Alongside our expert keynote speakers there will be a panel discussion and a range of short papers.



Registration fee 35 euro

Booking is via the following link.

Conference updates can be found on the website of the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education at DCU at the following link


This event is sponsored by the Network for Researchers in Catholic Education and Networking Education Trust.