Dr Maeve Louise Heaney - School of Theology (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


Dr. Maeve Louise Heaney is a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and a consecrated missionary of a Catholic Institute for consecrated life, the Verbum Dei Community.

She completed her licentiate and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, during which time she was doctoral representative and a member of the university Senate. She has taught both at the Gregorian and at the Rome Base of the Catholic University of Dallas. She was Bannan Fellow 2011-2012 at Santa Clara University, California, teaching at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

As a musician and composer, she interweaves the fields of theological aesthetics, spirituality and the arts, with a specialisation in the symbolic form of music in theological reflection.


Phone :7297 (Brisbane)
Email :maeve.heaney@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Theological aesthetics ; Music in Theology ; fundamental theology ; Spirituality ; Bernard Lonergan ;

Methods Expertise

Systematic and Fundamental Theology ; Musical Semiotics ; Bernard Lonergan's Theological Method ; Transformation Theology ; Performance ;

Research Projects

Current Projects

Selected Publications


"Ascending Grace: a Movement Back into the World", in ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, Vol. 25, No. 2.

"Can Music 'Mirror' God? A Theological-Hermeneutical Exploration of Music in th Light of Arvo Part's Spiegel im Spiegel", in Religions 2014, 5(2), 361-384.

Break the Crystal Frame [Musical CD], Willow Publishing Pty Ltd


"Music and Embodiment: What Music Tells Theology about the Word", in Exploring the boundaries of bodiliness: theological and interdisciplinary approaches to the human condition

"De la Palabra Cantada a la Palabra Musical: M??sica en el Carisma Verbum Dei", in Karl, Katharina/ Kurz, Ann-Kathrin (ed.), Teolog?-a y Carisma, (Burgos: Monte Carmelo

"Musical Space: Living In-between the Artistic and Christian Callings", in Secular Music and Sacred Theology, ed. Tom Beaudoin. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press


Music as Theology: What Music Says about the Word, in Princeton Theological Monograph Series of Pickwick Publications, Oregon, 2012

Nel Frattempo [Music CD] Merlino Music, Rome

Spirit in the City [Concert] Leicester Square, London.


Concert at the Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City [Performance of two original compositions], in Nuovi Evangelizatori per una Nuova Evangelizazzione, Benedict XVI's Address to the 1st International Conference of the New Council for Evangelisation

Other information

The project cited is an ongoing research project on the intersection of music and theology, not a PhD nor its supervision, but the system would not allow me to register it otherwise. While I have submitted a DECRA grant project and an ACURF grant application in 2014 and 2015, in consultation with the research office, I decided to focus on research outputs first so as to improve the quality and possibility of grant application success in the future.

I also participated in the Religion and Creativity project led by Prof Kevin Hart, Anthony Kelly and Dr David Kirchhoffer with a performance called "The Touch and Taste of Music" in the Grounding the Sacred in Literature and the Arts, 2016, and an article submission.

Publications 2015:
For the year 2015, I have three articles in the process of publication:
"Dei Verbum: The Memory of a Friendship, Past, Present and Future" has been accepted for publication in a volume on Vatican II from the perspective of young theologians. It will be published in Gregorian & Biblical Press, and edited by Profesor William Henn. I committed to this project in 2013 but it is coming to fruit in February 2016.

"Music's Multilayered Subversion of the Word", an article born of my collaboration in the Religion and Creativity Project and written jointly with Dr Roger Hillman is in the process of peer review for a special edition of Literature and Theology.

"A Case for Taste: Music within a Lonergan Framework of Theology" is in the process of being finalised for Theological Studies.

I have also been asked to submit a paper on my paper at the Australian Catholic Theological Association annual conference in 2015 for Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies.