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“Resilience in a Troubled World” Conference
7-9 November 2018


BERRY, John Anthony is Head of Department of Fundamental & Dogmatic Theology and the convenor of the International Theological Conference on “Resilience in a Troubled World”. He studied at the University of Malta, the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and at K.U. Leuven. In his licentiates and doctoral studies, Berry has studied the theologies of Hans Urs von Balthasar, Joseph Ratzinger and Yves Congar O.P. He is the current President of Societas Oecumenica, a European Society for Ecumenical Research and member on the international presidium that coordinates the actions of a European wide organization known as The European Society for Catholic Theology (ESCT). He lectured in various universities including Dortmund, České Budějovice, Lviv and Toruń, and his recent articles are published in Melita Theologica, Biblica et Patristica, Roczniki Teologiczne and Scientia et fides.

BONGIOVANNI, Ambrogio teaches Interreligious Dialogue (mainly with Islam and Hinduism) and Theology of Mission at the Pontificia Università Urbaniana (Rome) and at the Jesuit Section of the Faculty of Theology of Southern Italy (Naples).  Post-graduated in Chemical Engineering, he proceeded in theological studies until he successfully completed a doctorate in Missiology with a dissertation about the education on interreligious dialogue. He also taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University and at PISAI in Rome. He was research scholar in India at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and at the Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society. At present he is member of the Board of Directors of MAGIS Foundation of the Jesuits and Series co-Director of Missio Dei (Missiological and Interreligious Studies – ARACNE Publ.). He served various organizations at civil and ecclesial level. His expertise has led him to contribute at international level in the fields of theology of dialogue and intercultural theology, as well as to collaborate with distinct world-known institutions especially in Europe and in South Asia. He authored various books and articles and recently his last book: Satira e Religioni. L’ironia salverà il mondo?

BURNELL, Joel is Chair of the Theology Department at the Evangelical School of Theology in Wroclaw, Poland, where he lectures in Dogmatics and Moral Theology. He is the co-editor of the book Bearing Responsibility for Others (2008) and author of Poetry, Providence, and Patriotism: Polish Messianism in Dialogue with Dietrich Bonhoeffer (2009). He is the Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center of Poland, and a member of the Board of the Polish Section of the International Bonhoeffer Society. In addition to numerous published articles, he is the editor of several volumes of Theologica Wratislaviensia. 

CAMILLERI, Charlò is Lecturer in Spiritual Theology and a member of the Moral Theology Department. After successfully completing a Licentiate in Pastoral Theology (S.Th.L.) with the dissertation on Carmel: A Spirituality of Beauty, in 2004 he obtained a Diploma in the Interdisciplinary Course for Formators (CIFS) at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Then in 2007, he obtained his Doctorate in Spiritual Theology (S.Th.D.) on Union with God as Transformation in Beauty. A Literary-Spiritual Analysis of the Colloquies of Santa Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi (1566-1607). Camilleri is the Archbishop’s Delegate for the Ordo Virginum, and holds the office of Executive Director of the Carmelite Institute Malta. Recently he was appointed Research Fellow at the Bloemfontain Free State University.

CONWAY Eamonn is a priest of the archdiocese of Tuam (Ireland) and Head of Theology & Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College – University of Limerick. In addition to several publications in international journals on priesthood and ministry, Catholic education, and faith and culture issues, he has held a number visiting professorships overseas, most recently at the University of Notre Dame (Perth WA). He is a past president of the European Society for Catholic Theology and the International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology and currently serves as President of the Peter Hünermann Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Theology in Europe.

DELICATA, Nadia is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Moral and Spiritual Theology of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. She teaches in the areas of fundamental moral theology and Christianity and culture. She did her theological studies at Regis College, the Jesuit theologate of the Toronto School of Theology of the University of Toronto, between 2001 and 2011. During the same period, she also specialized in Eastern Christian Studies and held two Fellowships at the McLuhan Programme in Culture and Technology and the Religion in Public Sphere initiative of the Centre for the Study of Religion, both of the University of Toronto. Delicata’s doctoral dissertation focused on challenges to Christian formation in a digital age through a media ecology hermeneutic of culture. Since then, her research and publications have continued to focus on how moral and theological reflection must be reconsidered in light of new technological phenomena.

DU PLESSIS, Amanda Linda completed an MA at the North-West University (2006), as well as a Ph.D. on The role of prayer in the process of inner healing. A pastoral study (2008). She is currently a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Theology, North-West University, after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship (2011–2014). Her main research focus falls on the contextualisation of pastoral caregiving in the South African context. Her research has led to the publication of various research articles and conference proceedings. She served as external post-graduate examiner for other Universities and has successfully supervised research work on Master’s and Ph.D. level. She lectures pastoral modules for contact and distance students via the internet.

FURNAL, Joshua is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and he joined the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies in 2015. There, he teaches Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology and serves as a senior researcher with Radboud’s Centre for Catholic Studies and the MA Education Coordinator in Theology. Furnal’s primary area of expertise is the history of modern Christian theology and philosophical theology from the 20th century to the present. Within these areas, he has published on a variety of topics including the philosophical theology of Søren Kierkegaard, the Thomist philosopher Cornelio Fabro, and ‘ressourcement’ theologians in relation to Vatican II. He recently wrote Catholic Theology after Kierkegaard (2016) and several academic articles. 

GARCÍA MAESTRO Juan Pablo (Campaspero, Valladolid) is Professor of Fundamental Theology and Ecclesiology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in Madrid. He started his studies in philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome and later completed a doctorate in theology at the St Thomas Aquinas University in the same city. He published numerous works, especially around themes such as faith in today’s world, the various theologies in the Church today, ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. He has also been a chaplain for emigrants and for women’s prison in Frankfurt. He currently works as chaplain of the Church of St. John the Baptist of the Conception parish in Aluche, Madrid.

GREER, Kerry is Emerita Head of Psychology at Mary Immaculate College – University of Limerick. She operates at the interface of social neurosciences, education and spirituality and is lead psychologist on the Christian Leadership in Education programmes at MIC. Her current focus is on crisis management, data analytics and artificial intelligence. Her research interests include the neurophysiology of motor control, individual and group decision-making, measurement issues in psychology, and application of psychological research to contemporary society.

HALÍK, Tomáš is Professor of Sociology at Charles University, Prague, Templeton Prize winner, Chaplain of the Academic Parish as well as President of the Czech Christian Academy (since 1990). After having graduated in sociology, philosophy and psychology, he studied theology clandestinely in Prague and after 1989 undertook a course of post-graduate study at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and at the Pontifical Theological Faculty in Wroclaw (ThDr. hab.) During the Communist period, he was banned from university teaching and persecuted by the secret police as “an enemy of the regime”. He worked as a psychotherapist for drug addicts. Clandestinely ordained priest in Erfurt, in 1978, and worked in the “underground Church” where he was one of Cardinal Tomášek’s closest associates. He closely co-operated with the future President, Václav Havel and after 1989 became one of his advisors. After the fall of Communism, he served as General Secretary to the Czech Conference of Bishops (1990-93) and lectured at several universities in Europe, USA, South America, Africa, Canada and Australia.  His books have been published in 18 languages and during his life, Halík has received many distinguished awards for his merits in inter-religious dialogue, for his scholarly and pedagogical activity, for his promotion of spiritual freedom and human rights, and also awards for literature.

MROZ, Miroslaw is the Head of the Department of Moral Theology and Catholic Social Teaching at the Faculty of Theology of the Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń in Poland. He lectures on Fundamental Moral Theology and has written several articles, mainly in Polish on Thomas Aquinas’ thought of the presence of God in the world; the mystery of the passion and death of Jesus; human knowledge; hermeneutics of Scripture and developmental ethics. Mroz defended his doctoral work on The Sacramental principle of humans and of matrimony in the light of John Paul II at the Pontifical Lateran University.

ROSZAK, Piotr is an adjunct professor of Fundamental Theology at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland; associated professor of Systematic Theology at University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. Member of Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas; editor-in-Chief of the journal “Scientia et Fides” and director of the series “Scholastica Thoruniensia”, where the polish translations of medieval biblical commentaries are published. He published recently: Reading Sacred Scripture with Thomas Aquinas. Hermeneutical Tools, Theological Questions and New Perspectives (Brepols: Turnhout 2015).

SCERRI, Hector is Vice-Dean and Associate Professor of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology. His main areas of interest are Christology, Mariology, Sacramental Theology and Eschatology. After his university studies in Malta (1984–93), he defended his doctoral thesis at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome in 1998. He has published articles in Melita Theologica, Omnis Terra, Seminarium, Studia Ephemeridis Augustinianum, Teresa, Studia Patristica and Nicolaus. He has delivered academic papers at the Augustinianum, Rome and at the University of Oxford. Scerri is Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity as well as Founder-President of the Maltese Patristics Society.

SULTANA Mark is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Malta. He was a visiting student at Campion Hall, University of Oxford (2004-2005), gained a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2005, and was awarded the Premio Bellarmino by the Pontificia Universita’ Gregoriana for the best thesis submitted that year. In 2005, he began lecturing in philosophy and theology at the University of Malta. In 2008 he was also appointed Director of the Pastoral Formation Institute and Prefect of Studies at the Archbishop’s Seminary. He is currently full member of the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts where his interests are metaphysics, philosophical anthropology and philosophical theology, and is also residential spiritual director at the Archbishop’s Seminary. Other academic interests touch upon bioethics, business ethics, and the philosophy of economics. He has been a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at various tertiary institutions and conferences and has published in Heythrop Journal, Forum Philosophicum, New Blackfriars, Teresa, and Melita Theologica. .


BUTTIGIEG, Dorianne is currently pursuing her Ph.D. on ecumenism, namely the dialogue between the Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches. She currently a member of the Ecumenical
Commission for the Diocese of Malta. She is also involved in the Pastoral Formation Institute, where she co-ordinates the Higher Education Award in Theology. She is very much involved in her home parish, with regard to adult catechesis and was previously involved in the catechesis of children for many years.

CATANIA, Mariella studied at the University of Malta, where she obtained a Master of Arts in Theology in 2007 with a dissertation focusing on the Marian dimension in the writings of Adrienne von Speyr. After several years working at the Diocesan Youth Commission she is currently teaching Religion in a Church School. Mariella is a board member of the Pastoral Formation Institute, in which she also teaches and a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council.  She is also currently  involved in pastoral work at the Sgħajtar pastoral centre in Naxxar especially in the areas of liturgy and catechism for the family. She is married and has a young son.

FELICE, Nikki is a graduate in Theology currently reading for a PhD. Through the Charismatic renewal, she has been involved pastorally in youth ministry for the last twenty years and travels regularly to Eastern Europe for seminars on inner healing and liberation. A teacher for many years, she is also author of ‘You are who He says you are’ which is available on Amazon. She is married and has two children.

GRIMA, Tyrone has just finished his doctoral studies in the Faculty of Theology. His research focused on the themes of detachment and relationality in the spirituality of Simone Weil. He is also interested and has researched the interface between spirituality and the theatre. Tyrone Grima is a theatre practioneer, and works as Head of Care with the Salesians home of Osanna Pia and Dar Mamma Margerita.

RAFTERY, Marie is currently in her second year of a Ph.D. programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. The focus of her research is “Forgiveness and Reconciliation Education for Children”.

SCERRI, Carl is a catholic priest from the diocese of Gozo. He holds a baccalaureate degree in theology (S.Th.B) awarded by the University of Saint Thomas in Rome. He is currently a full-time student reading for a licentiate in catholic dogmatic theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris.

ZAMMIT, Mark Joseph is a priest of the Archdiocese of Malta and a doctoral student at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. His primary research is on Latin American theology and the people of God ecclesiology and its valid understanding for the Church of today. His postgraduate research in 2016 entailed an examination of the life events, the words and the writings of John Paul II that constitute his theology of mercy shedding light upon the merciful ministry of the priest.


Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Monday 17th December 2018 at 10.00hrs

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