Mary holds the position of Academic Executive with the Priory Institute. This involves providing support to the Academic Council particularly in programme development and reviews of module texts. She also lectures in Systematic Theology at the Dominican Studium of the Irish Dominican Province at St Saviour’s Priory, Dublin.
She has lectured widely in Systematic Theology in Ireland during the past decade including at St Patrick’s College Maynooth (2007-2016), All Hallows College, Dublin (2007-2013), St Patrick’s College, Thurles (2007-2011) and has also worked as Tutor/Lead Tutor in Religion for the Higher Diploma in Primary Education Programme with Hibernia College, Dublin (2005-2013). She has also taught Religious Education at Second Level.
Her particular research interests are Fundamental Theology, Ecclesiology and Mariology and the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger. In 2015, she published, The Church as Hermeneutical Community and the Place of Embodied Faith in Joseph Ratzinger and Lewis S. Mudge (Bern: Peter Lang) based on her doctoral research.
She holds a Doctorate in Divinity (2012), a Licence in Sacred Theology (2005) and a Bachelor in Divinity (2002) from the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. She also holds a Bachelor in Business Studies from Trinity College, Dublin (1992), a Masters in Equality Studies (1993) and a Higher Diploma in Education (1996) from University College Dublin.
She currently holds the position of secretary to the Irish Bishops’ Theology Committee. She is a member of the Ratzinger Neuer Schülerkreis and has been invited to lecture on the theology of Joseph Ratzinger at various conferences and post-graduate programmes. She is also an active member of the Mariological Society of America and the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary (UK/Ireland)
Mary is a trained spiritual director having completed the Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction) at Manresa, Jesuit Centre of Spirituality, Dublin (2016) and regularly assists at retreats.
McCaughey, M. The Church as Hermeneutical Community and the Place of Embodied Faith in Joseph Ratzinger and Lewis S. Mudge. Bern: Peter Lang, 2015.
ChaptersMcCaughey, M. “Merciful like the Father: A Christian Vision for Living.” Merciful like the Father, Reflections for the Year of Mercy, edited by The Irish Episcopal Theological Committee. Dublin: Veritas, 2016 (forthcoming).
McCaughey, M. “Joseph Ratzinger on the Democratic Character of the Magisterium.” In Dienst und Einheit. Reflexionen zum petrinischen Amt in ökumenischer Perspektive, edited by Michaela C. Hastetter and Christoph Ohly, 234-249. Sankt Ottilien: EOS Verlag, 2014.
______.“Joseph Ratzinger’s Contextual Understanding of the Church as Communion: Embodied, Existential, Ecstatic Praxis,” 682-698. Proceedings of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress Symposium of Theology, Vol. 3. Veritas: Dublin, 2013.
_______.“What is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives?” In Faith Questions, edited by Brendan Leahy and Declan Marmion, 66-68. Dublin: Columba Press, 2013.
______.“What about Women in the Church?” In Faith Questions, 81-83.
______.“What happens after death?” In Faith Questions, 84-86.
______.“What is the Church saying about Ecology?” In Faith Questions, 90-92.
______.“Receiving the Word: Lectio Divina and Church Renewal in the Irish Context.” In Treasures of Irish Christianity, Volume 2, edited by Brendan Leahy and Salvador Ryan. Veritas: Dublin, 2013.
McCaughey, M. “Through the Lens of the Pure in Heart: Ratzinger’s Theological Method and the Interpretation of Revelation.” Annales Theologici (forthcoming, 2017).
_______. “The Marian spirituality of Lumen Gentium and the renewal of Marian devotion in the Church today. “Forty Years after Marialis Cultis: Retrieval or Renewal? Marian Studies, no. 65 (2017) (forthcoming).
______.“Feast of the Most Holy Trinity” and “Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.” Scripture in Church. An Aid to Understanding the Readings at Mass. no. 182 (April-June 2016): 37-47.
______.“Reason, Reality and the Re-personalisation of being: a response to Charles Taylor’s characterisation of the Impersonal Order.” in REA: A Journal of Religion, Education and the Arts, No. 7, 2011.
Book ReviewsMcCaughey, Mary. “The McCabe Reader.” Review of The McCabe Reader. Edited by Brian Davies and Paul Kucharski. Doctrine and Life (2017) forthcoming.
________. “Mary’s Bodily Assumption.” Review of Mary’s Bodily Assumption by Matthew Levering, Irish Theological Quarterly 2016 (submitted)
_______. “Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI.” Review of Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI. Edited by John C. Cavadini. Irish Theological Quarterly 80, no. 4 (Nov 2015): 362-364.
______. “Maelstrom of Love.” Review of Maelstrom of Love by Oliver Treanor. The Furrow 65, no. 11 (2014): 573.
______. “Conversion and Holiness.” Review of Conversion and Holiness by Donal Dorr. The Furrow 65, no.4 (2014): 259.
McCaughey, M. “Faith and Institution: a perspective from Joseph Ratzinger. ” Last Modified September, 9, 2013. Accessed April 4, 2016. http://ratzinger-papst-benedikt-stiftung.de/downloads/Faith%20and%20Institution.pdf
______.“Religious Education in the Catholic Primary School: the Irish Context.” Hibernia Religion Course Module, Session 5. Dublin: Hibernia College: August, 2012.
______.“From the Head to the Heart.” In Ambassadors for Christ, edited by Kathleen O’ Sullivan, SSL, 76-84. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1997.
Conference Papers, and Invited Lectures
McCaughey, M. “Joseph Ratzinger and the Ecclesial Interpretation of Revelation.” Public Lecture presented at the Pontifical University, Santa Croce, Rome, November, 20, 2016.
_______. “Mercy and our Understanding of God,” Paper presented at the Conference, “Jublilee Year of Mercy,” at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, November, 17-18, 2016.
_______. “The Place of Christianity in the History of World Religions.” Lecture on the Masters Programme in Ratzinger’s Theology: Studies and Spirituality, Institutum Patristicum, Augustinianum, Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, Monday November 7, 2016.
_________. “Through the Lens of the Pure in Heart: Ratzinger’s Theological Method and the Interpretation of Revelation.” Paper presented at the Conference, “Pope Benedict XVI’s Theological Testament,” Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, Tuesday November, 8, 2016.
_______. “The Mariology of Martin Luther and its influence on Catholic Theology: What have we learned and what have we yet to learn?” Paper presented at the Conference “Martin Luther and Catholic Theology, Remembering the Reformation,” St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, May 15-17, 2015.
_______.”The Church as Hermeneutical Community, Embodied Faith and Receptive Learning: Joseph Ratzinger and Lewis S. Mudge in dialogue.” Paper presented at the Receptive Ecumenism III Conference, “Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective, Contextual Ecclesial Learning,” Fairfield Connecticut, USA, June 9-12, 2014.
_______.”The Marian Spirituality of Lumen Gentium and the renewal of Marian devotion in the Church today.” Paper presented at the Mariological Society of America Conference, “Marian Devotion 40 Years after Marialis Cultus: Retrieval or Renewal?” Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA, May 20-23, 2014.
______.“Christological and Ecclesiological perspectives on the Human Person in Joseph Ratzinger.” Ratzinger Symposium April 12th 2014, Divine Word Missionaries, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
______.“Revelation, and Reception within the Living Church: The Dynamic, Ecclesial Dimensions of Theology in Ratzinger.” Ratzinger Symposium June 2013.
______.“Joseph Ratzinger’s Contextual Understanding of the Church as Communion: Embodied, Existential, Ecstatic Praxis,” Paper presented at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress Symposium of Theology, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 12-14, June, 2012. Accessed April 5, 2016.
______.Reason, Reality and the Re-personalisation of being: a response to Charles Taylor’s characterisation of the Impersonal Order.” Paper Presented at the Summer School/ Conference, Mater Dei Institute, Dublin, “A Secular Age: Tracing the Contours of Religion and Belief,” 8-11, June 2009.