Dr Pauline Dimech

Dr Pauline Dimech

Dr Pauline Dimech



Room 102
Humanities A
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2754


Languages and Humanities Education
Pauline Dimech’s first Bachelor degree was an Honours degree from the University of Malta. The degree was in Education, with English as the main subject. Following her graduation, Dimech began her studies in Theology. This led to a Diploma in Religious Studies and then to a second Bachelor degree in 1988. Her Master Degree is from Heythrop College, London, where she specialized in Systematic theology, with a dissertation on George Lindbeck’s 'The Nature of Doctrine'.
For many years Dimech taught English and Religion, first at Sir Adrian Dingli Girls’ Junior Lyceum and then at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School in Naxxar. Between 2008 and June 2014, she lectured in Religious Knowledge at the Junior College. During this time, she also worked on a PhD with Durham University UK, under the supervision of Prof Mark Allen McIntosh and Prof Paul Murray. Her research was about the authority of the Saints in the Writings of Hans Urs von Balthasar.
Besides her full-time teaching Post, and her work within the Society of Christian Doctrine, Dimech has also been involved in a number of committees and commissions within the local Diocesan Curia. She was a member of the central Commission for the diocesan Synod, of the Secretariat for the Laity, of the Board of the Discern Institute, and of the Inter-Diocesan theological Commission. She is currently a member of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain (CTAGB), the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA), the European Academy of Religion (EuARe), the European Society for Catholic Theology (ESCT), and the Religious Education Association (REA:APPRRE). Dimech has read Papers and given various talks and courses on theological and catechetical issues. She has also participated in Radio and TV Programs, seminars, workshops and Conferences. Dimech is also a trained Spiritual Director.
Her research interests include the authority of the saints within the Church, evangelization and Catechesis, Religious Education in schools, theological anthropology, the dialogue between science and religion, secular narratives of salvation, the Society of Christian Doctrine, St George Preca, and Spiritual Direction.
  • The saints
  • Authority within the Church
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Feminist issues within the Church
  • Religious Education
  • Sacramental Theology
  • St George Preca & SDC

Dimech, P. 2017, "'A Theology of Migration: Mercy and Education'", Melita Theologica, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 127-142.

Dimech, P. 2017, "Auctoritas Sanctorum", The Heythrop Journal, .

Dimech, P. 2017, The Authority of the Saints. Drawing on the Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pickwick Publications, Oregon, Eugene.

Dimech, P. 2017, Women in the Church and The Church in Malta, Facebook, Universe of Faith.

Dimech, P. 2016, ""L-Evangelizzazzjoni: It-Triq Quddiemna"" in Minn Vizjoni g?al Realta': Mixja Flimkien b'Ferh u Impenn, eds. E. Agius & J. Berry, Segretarjat tal-Kleru u tal-Hajja Ikkonsagrata u l-Kummissjoni Formazzjoni edn, Qrendi: Best Print Co. Ltd, 2016, , pp. 111-117.

Dimech, P. 2016, "Religious Education and Religion".

Dimech, P. 2016, "Religious Education, Ethics and PSD".

Dimech, P. 2016, "Religious Education: The Way Forward".

Dimech, P. 2016, "Religious Education's Continued Relevance in the Curriculum".

Dimech, P. 2016, ""Extracting the Creativity Within, A Review of Education and Creativity,"  edited by El?bieta Osewska.", Person and Challenges, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 263-273.

Dimech, P. 2015, "Il-Lajci wara l-Koncilju. Part 1: Post il-Lajci fil-Gnien".

Dimech, P. 2015, "Il-Lajci wara l-Koncilju. Part 2: Post il-Lajci Lilhinn Mill-Gnien".

Dimech, P. 2013, "Apprezzament tal-?isem ta' Kristu. Ewkaristija u Knisja", Kungress Ewkaristiku.

Dimech, P. 2011, ""Il-Mara fil-Knisja Kattolika"", Knisja 2000. Il-Femmini?mu u l-Mara fis-So?jeta', , no. 98, pp. 33-41.

Dimech, P. 2009, ""Il-Fidi Taghna f'Gesu' li tela' s-Sema"", Rivista ta' Spiritwalita', , no. 150, pp. 7-17.

Dimech, P. 2009, ""Meaning, Truth and Doctrine: George Lindbeck's The Nature of Doctrine"", Melita Theologica, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 3-14.

Dimech, P. 2009, "Il-Mara bhala Edukattrici", Twentieth Anniversary of John Paul II's Muglieris Dignitatem.

Dimech, P. 2009, "Xi Metafori Pawlini dwar ic-Cittadinanza Nisranija" in Il-Mara u l-Istat fit-Taghlim ta' Santu Wistin. Gabra ta' Tahdidiet li saru gewwa l-Istitut Agostinjan (2007-2009), ed. S. Caruana, Provin?ja Agostinjana, .

Dimech, P. 2008, ""It-Talb Nistghu Inkejluh?"", Tereza: Rivista Enciklopedika ta' Spiritwalita, , no. Ottubru-Di?embru 2008, pp. 271-281.

Dimech, P. 2008, ""Pawlu b'Rispett lejn il-Kultura tal-Popli", Kalendarju Museumin, , no. Settembru-Ottubru, pp. 268-268-271.

Dimech, P. 2008, "Teaching Non-Discrimination. Pluralism in Maltese Schools".

  • FDT1050 - Theology of Salvation
  • FDT5611 - Theological Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality
  • PLC3310 - Teaching Religious Education to Adolescents
  • PLC3320 - Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Techniques
  • PLC3375 - Primary Religious Education
  • PLC4470 - Nurturing Students' Spirituality
  • PLC5014 - Resources for Religious Education
  • PLC5016 - The Religious Educator
Since 1982: Member of the SDC (Society of Christian Doctrine: MUSEUM).
Since 2007: Member of the CTAGB (Catholic Theologians' Association of Great Britain).
Since 2007: Member of the ESCT (European Society of Catholic Theology).
Since 2011: Associate Member of the CTSA (Catholic Theological Society of America)
Since 2015: Member of AULRE (the Association of University Lecturers in Religion and
Since 2015: Member of INSeCT (the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology)
Since 2017: Member of EuARe (the European Academy of Religion).