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Fr Michael Cullinan

Maryvale Higher Institute of Religious Sciences

The Ethical Character of the Mysteries: Observations from a Moral Theologian


Fr Michael Cullinan is a priest of the Diocese of Westminster. Ordained in 1995, he then served in the parishes of Holy Trinity, Brook Green and St James’s Spanish Place. In 2000 he went to Rome for further studies, living at the Pontifical Portuguese College, gaining an STL in moral theology from the Angelicum in 2002, and defending his Doctorate at the Alfonsianum in 2005 summa cum laude. His dissertation was subsequently published in the series Tesi Accademia Alfonsiana. He has spoken at the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting and lectured at the International Theological Institute in Austria. He was recently appointed as Director of the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences at Maryvale, Birmingham, where he has been Director of the theology Programme since April 2009 and previously a part-time academic tutor and lecturer from 1995.

Fr Michael comes from Torquay in Devon, where he grew up and went to school. His first career was as a mathematician, reading maths at Balliol College, Oxford from 1975 to 1978, and then going to Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he did a Ph.D. in numerical analysis. After academic posts at the University of Salford and Dublin City University, he entered Allen Hall Seminary in 1988 gaining an external Leuven STB summa cum laude in 1995.


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