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Scripture Summer School: 16th – 18th June, 2022

Scripture Summer School at Knock Shrine in association with Tarsus Scripture School


Walking the Synodal Pathway together


Taking place online and in-person at St John’s Rest & Care Centre, Knock Shrine
Thursday 16th  – Saturday 18th June

In order to facilitate people all over the country and further afield, we are delighted to offer participants the option of joining online or in-person.


Brought to you by Mr. Sean Goan and Fr Kieran O’Mahony OSA.


And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people. (Leviticus 26:12)

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people (1 Peter 2:9)


Many Christian Churches already enjoy a long history and rich experience of synod. Perhaps the most significant innovation of Pope Francis is the recovery of synodality within the Roman Catholic tradition. In terms of potential for change, this world-wide consultation is on a par with the Second Vatican Council, with the added key dimension of all the laity in the Church. Nothing quite like this on such as scale has ever been attempted before. These are exciting times — who knows where the Spirit will lead us? There is much learning to be done and, in particular, the wisdom of other traditions more familiar with synodality will be a key ingredient. The wisdom of the Bible will also furnish essential wisdom, spirituality and discernment.


The Bible is “the very voice of the pilgrim people of God” and the roots of synodality can be traced to the Church as first of all the people of God. This understanding, in turn, finds its home in the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments.  Accordingly, our summer programme for 2022 is an exploration of chosen biblical texts (the Gospel of John and the First Letter of Peter). Focusing on a small but significant selection, we hope to explore, to support and to strengthen this recovery of synodality, in a way which may inspire all our Churches today.

Seán Goan is the coordinator of Spiritan Mission Animation Ireland and a lecturer in biblical theology. A retired teacher who has worked in the area of Catholic Education and Adult Faith development for over thirty years. He has recently collaborated with Dr Kieran O’Mahony and Dr Jessie Rogers in setting up the Tarsus Scripture School, an online forum for study of the Bible. (



Kieran J. O’Mahony is an Augustinian friar and a biblical scholar. Recently, he completed a nine-volume project on the Sunday readings entitled Hearers of the Word. His website is and he’s closely involved with a related project Currently, Kieran is assisting in Donnybrook parish.


Tarsus Scripture School

TSS is an on-line educational service, offering regular programmes on different aspects of the Bible for today. Jessie Rogers, Sean Goan and Kieran O’Mahony are the team. The current Summer School may be viewed on our dedicated website:


Reading material

Sean Goan: The Sign – Reading the Gospel of John (Dublin; Dominican Publications, 2018)

Rafael Luciani: Synodality : A New Way of Proceeding in the Church: A New of Proceeding in the Church (Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2022)


Beginning: Thursday, 16 June at 9.30 am
Finishing: Saturday, 18 June at 1pm

Location: St John’s Rest & Care Centre, Knock Shrine
Fee: €40

In order to facilitate people all over the country and further afield, we are delighted to offer participants the option of joining online or in-person.

To Book your ticket to attend online, please click here.

To Book your ticket to attend in-person at St. John’s Rest & Care Centre, please click here.