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Von Hügel Lecture 2013-14: Prof Mary McAleese

Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's College and Patron of the Von Hügel Institute, delivered this year's VHI Lecture on the meaning of collegiality in the Church.

McAleese lecture 3The lecture addressed the theme of governance within the Catholic Church. This topic is very timely given the emphasis on collaboration spoken of by Pope Francis.

Before serving as President of reland from 1997-2011, Professor McAleese was Reid Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin and later Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Queen's University Belfast, where she is now Professor Emerita. She is currently studying for a doctoral degree in canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome. She has a long-standing commitment to issues of social justice and a keen interest in Catholic social teaching.

McAleese lecture 4The talk was followed by a response from Professor Eamon Duffy FBA, Professor of the History of Christianity at the Faculty of Divinity and Fellow of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. A former member of the Pontifical Historical Commission, he sits on numerous editorial boards and advisory panels, including the Fabric Commission of Westminster Abbey. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Professor of the History of Catholicism at the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, and holds honorary Doctorates from the University of Hull and from King's College London. He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television.

Time: Friday, 28th February at 17:00

Venue: Mill Lane Lecture Room, Cambridge CB2 1RW (See map).

The video of the event is available online.