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 Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, and Director of the Xavier Centre for Theological Formation. She is 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 as Theology ; fundamental theology ; Spirituality ; Bernard Lonergan ; Theologies of Leadership ;

Methods Expertise

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

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Music as Embodied Theological Thought: A Performative Exploration (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


A Hermeneutical Exploration of The Revelatory Text of John 4:1???42, In Performative Key, in Theological Studies


New Styles, in Carlos Alberto Moreira Azevedo, Richard Rouse (ed.) Chiesa e compositori; Parole e Suoni (Rome: Aracne editrice, 2019)


Music's Multilayered Subversion of the Word, in Literature and Theology


Music and Theological Method: A Lonerganian Perspective, in Theological Studies


"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: Musica 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