Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team strives to provide excellence in Education. They bring their passion, expertise, and vision for a Catholic Liberal Arts College to Ireland, an institution inspired by the writings and witness of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.   


Kathy Sinnott

Newman College has benefited from the tireless exertions of Kathy Sinnott to promote a Catholic teaching institution according to the mind of John Henry Newman and the norms of Ex Corde Ecclesiae -the Church’s constitution for higher education developed by Pope St. John Paul II. Kathy, a former MEP has spearheaded the project since its conception in 2009. Inspired by how a Catholic Liberal Arts Education in America benefited her sons and daughters, who studied in the USA, Sinnott promised to bring the benefits of a rounded education to Ireland. Under her guidance, NCI opened its doors to the pioneer group of students in 2013. Kathy will see the first group to graduate in 2018.

Nick and Jane Healy

The project to found a new college was met with joy on the part of many Catholics across Ireland. The momentum really took off with the help of Nick and Jane Healy who were champions of Catholic Liberal Arts education in America. Mr. Nicholas Healy, President Emeritus of Ave Maria University, and a former vice president for development at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, set up a registered charity in the USA called the 'Friends of Catholic Education for Ireland,' to support efforts to establish a new college. He has made many trips to Ireland in the past several years assisting Newman College Ireland and he is now President of the College accompanied and encouraged by his wife Jane. From the outset, the vision and experience of Mr. Healy have proven indispensable to the fledgling institution. Both Nick and Jane offer their services free of charge to the College.

Caroline Farey

Consultant for Academic Affairs Her degrees included an MA in Theology and a Licence in Philosophy from the Pontifical University, Maynooth, as well as an S.T.L from the Pontifical University Louvain, and a doctorate from Lateran University in Rome. She was also contributing editor to The Pedagogy of God. She is one of only three lay women experts who participated in the Synod of Bishops in Rome dedicated to the New Evangelization and the Transmission of the Faith, and she also represented catechists of the world when she received the "message for catechists" for the Year of Faith from Pope Benedict XVI

Our Acadmic Staff

Fr. Thomas Crean

He studied at Oxford University and at the Institut S. Thomas d'Aquin in Toulouse, and received a doctorate in sacred theology at the International Theological Institute in the archdiocese of Vienna. Having entered the Dominican Order in 1995, he was ordained priest in 2001. He taught for the Maryvale Institute from 2007 to 2013, and at the International Theological Institute from 2013 to 2015. He has been teaching at NCI since 2016, focusing on philosophy and theology within the tradition of St Thomas Aquinas.

Mr Maghnus Monaghan

Maghnus currently works as Choir Director of St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry and as Organist and Choir Director of St. Columba's Church, Longtower. He began teaching at NCI in Spring 2017. He completed his undergraduate degree in Music and Mathematics at NUI Maynooth. He went to complete a Certificate in Applied Theology (Cathectics) at the Maryvale Institutue, Birmingham. In 2012 he completed a Masters in Liturgical Music at St Patrick's College, Maynooth majoring in Organ. He also holds diplomas in Vocal and Choral Pedagogy (Griffth College), French Horn (Royal Irish Academy) and Organ performance ( Associated Board). He currently lives in Co Donegal with his wife Stephanie and daughter Lucy.

Fr. Dermot Fenlon

Born Dublin 1941 Schools in Co.Dublin Liberal arts studies at University College Dublin graduating in History 1964. 1964-8 studied for Ph.D at Peterhouse, Cambridge and in the Vatican and Italian archives, on the figure of Cardinal Pole at the Council of Trent. 1968-78 Fellow Gonville and Caius College Cambridge. 1970 Tutor and College Lecturer in History. 1972 Lecturer in Early Modern European History in the University of Cambridge. 1972 published Heresy and Obedience in Tridentine Italy:Cardinal Pole and the Counter Reformation. Elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Further publications in early modern history and, since 1990, on Blessed John Henry Newman, continuing, with a projected book on St Philip Neri. 1978-82 studied at the Pontificio Collegio Beda, Rome followed by ordination to the priesthood and pastoral work in the diocese of East Anglia 1982-87. 1987-1990 Professor of History at Oscott College, Birmingham followed by pastoral and academic work as a member of the Birmingham Oratory. 2014 appointed to teach at Newman College Ireland. Incardinated in the diocese of Portsmouth with commission to teach and assist the development of NCI. Currently teaching a course on the Irish Contribution to the Formation of Christendom, and a course on John Henry Newman and the Crisis of Modernity.

Rev. Dr. John Britto

Holds a Doctorate on the Book of Psalms from the Pontifical University in Rome, is a linguist on the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, Syriac and Aramaic - the language that Jesus spoke, and also handles five European languages including Irish, and holds a Masters Degree on the English language and literature. Originally a Discalced Carmelite, and is now part of the Diocese of Raphoe, and resides in the Parish of Raphoe, Co. Donegal. He is engaged in teaching Biblical Exegesis of the Hebrew Psalms, and Greek New Testament in the Newman’s College of Ireland.