Patrick Finn Lectures, St Mary’s, Haddington Road

The Religious Imagination and Public Life – Edmond Grace SJ


Edmond Grace is a Jesuit.  He studied law in Trinity College, Dublin, and Columbia University, New York. He subsequently lectured in law and social ethics in the National College of Ireland. He worked for several years in Gardiner Street Parish, where he played a prominent role in community leadership and the struggle against organized crime. He was a  founder member of Dublin CityWide Drugs Crisis Campaign and the National Family Support Network.

Author of ‘Democracy and Public Happiness.’ He is Coordinator of the Venice Faith and Politics Workshop, run by a European Jesuit network for young adults from around Europe, and Director of PeopleTalk (Citizen-Juries Shaping Government.), an initiative of the Jesuits in Ireland to help rebuild trust in public life.

In this lecture he will look  at the place of the religious imaginary in public life, examining the thesis that public life always needs a narrative with an appeal to the heart as well as the head: secular humanism can only provide concepts, not narratives.

Thursday 15 February, 7.15pm

All welcome, refreshments and time for tal afterwards in the community room.