Since 2004 I have taught in Mount St Mary's Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Assistant Professor 2004-2010
Associate Professor 2010-2016
Professor since 2016
My book The Catholic Priesthood: Biblical Foundations was published in the fall of 2016.
I have taught the following courses:
|PTHL 002||Catechism of the Catholic Church (for Pre-Theologians who are in their first year in seminary).|
|THEO 200||Introduction to Theology (required course for undergraduates in Mount St. Mary's University).|
|SCRP 501||Introduction to the Study of Sacred Scripture (for seminarians who have already completed their philosophy studies and are now in their first year of theological study).|
|SCRP 502||Pentateuch and Historical Books|
|SCRP 601||Hebrew Prophets|
|SCRP 602||Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles.|
|HOML 701||Introduction to Homiletics: Models of Preaching.|
|HOML 702||Homiletics Practicum.|
|SCRP 702||Johannine Literature.|
|HOML 907||Preaching the Sundays of Lent and Easter during the Three Year Cycle.|
|HOML 908||Preaching the Sundays of Advent, Christmastide, Holydays and Feasts of the Lord.|
|SCRP 912||Scriptural Apologetics|
|SCRP 914||Vocation and Priesthood in the Scriptures.|
|SCRP 917||Acts of the Apostles: Exegetical Studies.|
|SCRP 917||Letter to the Hebrews: Exegetical Studies.|
|SCRP 917||Book of Revelation: Exegetical Studies.|
|As an NCEA certified online instructor, I taught online courses in the Catholic Distance Learning Network on behalf of Mount St. Mary's Seminary|
In addition to teaching, my duties in the seminary also include:
Chair of the Department of Sacred Scripture since Fall 2008
Member of the Academic Committee since Fall 2008
Member of the Faculty Affairs Committee since 2010
Member of re-accreditation committees
I also offer pastoral assistance in parishes surrounding the seminary and have helped at retreats and parish missions.
My Priestly Formation and Education
I received my priestly formation and studied theology at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, the National Seminary for Ireland and the Pontifical University for Ireland (1983-1989). In the Fall of 1989 I began my License in Sacred Scripture at the Biblical Institute in Rome. I was ordained a priest in July 1990 for the Diocese of Cloyne (County Cork in Ireland). I completed the License in Sacred Scripture at the Biblical Institute in June 1992. I commenced a Doctorate on Luke-Acts at the Gregorian University in Rome in the Fall of 1992 and submitted it in June 1994 and defended it in December 1994, being awarded Magna cum Laude. The dissertation is published by Peter Lang Press in European University Studies (XXIII/571) entitled Luke and the Gentile Mission: Gospel anticipates Acts. I commenced my work in adult religious education the following year, the Fall of 1995.
My pastoral appointments in the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, before
appointment as Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture in
Mount St Mary's Seminary were as follows
(as customary in Ireland, the name of town is given here rather than the parish):
Cobh: transitional deacon, summer 1989
Charleville: temporary associate, summer 1990 (while on vacation from studies in Rome)
(During 1991-1992 I helped in the parish of San Francesco in Acilia in Rome at weekends)
Glanworth and Ballindangan: temporary associate, summer 1991, (while on vacation from studies in Rome)
Charleville: temporary associate, summer 1992, (while on vacation from studies in Rome)
Castlemagner: temporary associate, summer 1993, (while on vacation from studies in Rome)
Aghabullogue and Rylane: summer of 1994
Carriganima and Clondrohid: 1994-1997
Rathcormac and Bartlemy: 1997-2004
Adult Religious Education
Following the defense of my doctorate in December 1994, I commenced teaching Scripture courses to adults. The following outline of my work in adult religious education is arranged according to the academic year.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 1995-96 I taught a twenty week course to adults in Macroom and Kanturk on the Wisdom Literature and Psalms of the Old Testament and the Synoptic Gospels (Matt, Mark, Luke) and Acts of the Apostles of the New Testament.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 1996-97 I taught a twenty week course to adults in Mallow and Castlemartyr on the Wisdom Literature and Psalms of the Old Testament and the Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles of the New Testament.
In January 1997 I recorded the CD / Cassette Let's Talk to Jesus containing four 16 minute guided biblical meditations accompanied by specially commissioned soothing background music. This recording is no longer available.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 1997-98 I taught a twenty week course to adults in Mitchelstown and Blarney on the Psalms and Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament, and the Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles. More details
During the Fall of 1997 I recorded a second CD / Cassette Come, Let Us Adore Him containing four 17 minute guided biblical meditations accompanied by specially commissioned soothing background music. This recording is no longer available.
During the Fall of 1997 I taught a five-week course to adults on the Psalms and Gospels of Matthew, Mark Luke in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny.
I directed a Centenary Retreat for the Sisters of Mercy, Callan, County Kilkenny, in December 1997.
In February 1998 I taught the New Testament to the C.C.R.S. students at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England. The Maryvale Institute is an International Catholic College which specializes in part-time and distance learning courses in Theology, Religious Education and Catechesis.
During the summer 1998, I wrote The Old Testament: a Course Book for the MA in Religious Education and Catechesis for the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham.
During 1998-99 I taught the New Testament to priests in St John’s College, Waterford who were pursuing the B.Th degree.
In December 1998 I set up my former website.
The Old Testament: a Course Book for the MA in Religious Education and Catechesis was published by the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham in January 1999.
From 1999 until beginning to minister in the USA in 2004 I taught the Old Testament module of the MA in Religious Education and Catechesis at the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham each year.
During the Spring Semester I taught the Pentateuch to the seminarians in St John’s College, Waterford. The seminary closed in June '99 and the seminarians were transferred to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, County Kildare.
I formed a Lectio Divina group for reading and praying the Sacred Scriptures in Rathcormac Parish during Lent 1999.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 1999-2000 I taught a new twenty week course on the first third of the Old Testament and Paul and the Letters of the New Testament to adults in Mallow and Macroom.
Since Fr. Bill was unable to be present for the beginning of his retreat in Knock in March 2000 I was asked to open the retreat.
In June 2000 I taught the Old Testament to the MA students at the Newman Institute in Ballina on behalf of the Maryvale Institute.
I spoke in parishes in Counties Leitrim and Roscommon and was very pleased that one parish formed a weekly Scripture Study Group after my talk.
During the summer of 2000 I began revising the first course I taught in Cloyne Diocese which I had released to the general public via advertisements in the Catholic media, now entitled Enjoying the Bible, making it much more user-friendly for people are unable to attend class. I divided it into weekly lessons with each lesson containing, Scripture reading, Scripture study and prayer with Scripture. This course is no longer available.
I completed the revision of Enjoying the Bible.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 2000-2001 I taught a twenty week course on the first third of the Old Testament and Paul and the Letters of the New Testament to adults in Blarney and Castlemartyr.
I gave a series of Lenten talks in the parish of Knocknaheeny in Cork City and a talk in Stockport in the UK.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 2001-2002 I taught a twenty week course on the first third of the Old Testament and Paul and the Letters of the New Testament to adults in Fermoy and Kanturk.
I made two new recordings, An Hour with Jesus, a holy hour devoted especially to praying for peace and Your Word is my Lamp, the most popular talk on the Scriptures which I have given in many venues. These recordings are no longer available.
I co-authored with Dr. Petroc Willey of the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, UK, a series of new coursebooks for a new Scripture course for adults in parishes entitled Listening to the Word. The course handbook and the workbooks on 1 & 2 Thes, 1 & 2 Cor and Matthew were published.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 2002-2003 I taught a twenty week course on Matthew, Mark, Luke and Acts and the Psalms and Wisdom Literature, Daniel and Maccabean Revolt to adults in Youghal and Midleton.
I made two new recordings. The first, Our Life, God's Gift, is a holy hour devoted especially to thanking God for the gift of life and praying for life. In one meditation during this hour I lead you into prayer with Jesus through every stage from conception to birth accompanied by specially commissioned soothing background music. The reaction from listeners was, "It should be in every home." The second recording, The Word was Made Flesh, was a popular talk on the the humanity of Jesus in the Scriptures which I have given in many venues. Many people said they found it easier to pray after listening to this talk. These recordings are no longer available.
My second recording, Come, Let us Adore Him!, released in the fall of 1997 was translated into Polish and distributed in Poland by Radio Plus, in Lódź, Poland. Its title in Polish is Biblia w Medytacji. Come, Let us Adore Him! is no longer available in English.
I co-authored with Dr. Petroc Willey of the Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, UK, the new workbook on Acts for Listening to the Word.
I released to the public the second Scripture Course I taught in Cloyne Diocese, Enjoying Paul's Letters and the Old Testament. It covers the letters of the New Testament and the first third of the Old Testament. This course is no longer available.
During the summer of 2003 I added video to this website.
I was spiritual director of a pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal.
During the Fall-Winter-Spring of 2003-2004 I taught a twenty week course on John and the Prophets to adults in Mallow and Macroom.
I gave a parish mission in Atlanta.
I was spiritual director of a pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal.