Anna, Susan and Oonagh

“The Margaret Beaufort Institute encompasses three of the things closest to my heart: the Catholic Church, education and women. I firmly believe that the work of the Gospel, like the work of politics or law, needs more than goodwill.”

Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC

Dr Philomena Cullen, Visiting Lecturer

An Irish theologian, her main areas of teaching and research are in practical theology, feminist theology and on the intersections between theology and social sciences and public policy.

Her doctoral research was on the concept of desire in Catholic theology, and it aimed to arrive at a pedagogy of desire that was more integrated from a feminist perspective than traditional gender-blind models.

Previous roles

  • Teaching ecclesiology and philosophy and gender at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham
  • Director of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain, the pastoral outreach charity of the Irish Bishop’s conference
  • Social policy co-ordinator at the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales and a parliamentary researcher
  • A qualified social worker and charity manager with wide experience in the NGO sector including domestic anti-poverty work with Oxfam and Save the Children.

Her publications include Catholic Social Justice (Continuum 2007), and her passion for faith to be lived out in concrete social action remains an ongoing research and activist concern. Philomena’s current research is focused on constructing a theology of female desire that she hopes to publish shortly.

Philomena is not currently accepting new doctoral students.