St. Mary’s Parish promotes the intellectual integrity of Catholicism and the inherent wisdom of the tradition. We do this through our Education Committee which organises a series of lectures each spring and autumn.


Speakers are carefully selected and have included the following in recent times:

David Quinn

Professor William Reville

David Reddaway – British Ambassador

Dr. Garret Fitzgerald

Breda O’Brien

Peter Sutherland SC

Professor Eamonn Duffy – Cambridge

Fr. Jerome Murphy-O’Connor – Jerusalem

Philip McDonagh – Ambassador Holy See

Dr. Maurice Manning

Professor Nicholas Lash

Dr. Una Agnew

Most Rev. Alan Harper

Dr. John McDade SS

In addition we also invite in visiting preachers, also in the spring and autumn. Recent preachers include:

Fr. Bernard Treacy OP – Editor “Doctrine and Life”

Abbot Christopher Dillon – Glenstal Abbey

Bishop Jim Moriarty – Kildare and Leighlin

Fr. Alban McCoy – Chaplain Cambridge University

Cardinal Sean Brady

Fr. Paul Andrews SJ

Monsignor Tom Stack

Rev. Dr. Pat Claffey SVD

Fr. Ben Hegarty OP

Fr. Michael Collins – Papal Historian

Bishop Eamonn Walshe – Auxiliary Dublin

Fr. Dermod McCarthy – RTE

Professor Ronan Drury – Maynooth College

Fr. Brendan Coffey – Prior Glenstal Abbey

Fr. Kieran O’Mahony OSA

Most Rev. John Fleming – Killala

Fr. Martin Murnaghan – Kenya

Bishop Donal Murray – Limerick

Fr. Pearse Walsh – University (Newman) Church

These events are publicised on our own Web site (, in newspapers, by email and posters at the entrances to the Church.