Academics

Our Acadmic Staff

Thomas Crean

Studied at Oxford University and at the Institut S. Thomas d'Aquin in Toulouse. Received doctorate in sacred theology at the International Theological Institute in the archdiocese of Vienna. Entered the Dominican Order in 1995, and ordained priest in 2001. Teaching at NCI since 2016. Before that, taught for Maryvale Institute from 2007 to 2013, and at the International Theological Institute from 2013 to 2015.

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.