Maeve Louise Heaney

Merging Music and Theology

Maeve in the USMaeve Louise Heaney, V.D.M.F., S.T.L., S.T.D. was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a consecrated missionary of an institute of consecrated life called the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. She has worked in various countries in an apostolic capacity over the years: Spain (Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia), England (Southampton and London) and Italy (Rome), both in collaboration with Diocesan initiatives in Higher Education Chaplaincy as well as in the field of spirituality, giving retreats and forming lay people for ministry. During this time, she worked extensively with music at the service of pastoral work and outreach, organizing Music and Word events and retreats with composers and musicians, as well as recording three CDs: "I Believe in You", "Stand" and "Nel Frattempo" . She has also ministered in the capacity of formator within her own community. She completed her Bachelor in Theology at the Instituto Teológico Verbum Dei, San Pablo Apóstol, in Madrid. In 2004 she went to Rome for further studies, and in 2010 completed a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, in the area of Fundamental Theology and Theological Aesthetics, where she also taught for two years, as well as at the Rome base of the Catholic University of Dallas. She was the Bannan Fellow at Santa Clara University, California for the academic year 2011-2012, teaching at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and is currently Lecturer in Theology at the Banyo Campus of Australian Catholic University. As a musician and composer, she develops her ministry and theological work together in the areas of evangelization, education and liturgy. Here lies one of her strongest interests: that of bringing together in theological thought and praxis, the realms of music, theology and spirituality at the service of lived faith and outreach to future generations. She has recently published a book which seeks to ground that intent, called Music as Theology: What Music Says about the Word.