Lived Catholicism(s) Conference Presenters 2020

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Scholars of Lived Catholicism cross disciplinary boundaries.

Find out more about our wonderful group of presenters.

Tricia Bruce

Tricia C. Bruce (Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara) is a sociologist of religion and award-winning author of Parish and Place (Oxford UP, 2017) and Faithful Revolution (Oxford UP, 2011/2014), as well as coeditor of Polarization in the US Catholic Church (Liturgical Press, 2016) and American Parishes (Fordham UP, 2019). Tricia is an affiliate of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society as well as adjunct research associate professor of sociology with the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research explores the sociological dimensions of Catholicism, organizations, social change, social attitudes, and more. Her applied research clients include the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with her spouse and two children.
Twitter: @triciacbruce

Stephen Bullivant

Stephen Bullivant is Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion, and Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He holds doctorates in Theology (Oxford, 2009) and Sociology (Warwick, 2019). His most recent books are: Catholicism in the Time of Coronavirus (Word on Fire, 2020), Mass Exodus: Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II (OUP, 2019), and Why Catholics Leave, What They Miss, and How They Might Return (Paulist, 2019; co-authored with C. Knowles, H. Vaughan-Spruce, and B. Durcan).

Alana Harris

Dr Alana Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Modern British History and Director of the Liberal Arts programme at King’s College London. Her research pivots around the intersections of gender, sexuality, age and ethnicity in fashioning the subjectivities and public identities of British Catholics. This had led her to utilise methodologies derived from oral history and life writing, ethnography, studies of embodiment and materiality, and ritual theory. She is the author of Faith in the Family: A Lived Religious History of English Catholicism, 1945-82 (2013), an edited volume exploring the Humanae Vitae crisis across Europe (The Schism of ’68 (2018)) and the in-progress Oxford History of British and Irish Catholicism, Volume 5, 1914-the Present.

Robert Orsi

Robert Orsi is Grace Craddock Nagle Chair of Catholic Studies at Northwestern University, where he is also Professor of Religious Studies, History, and American Studies. Professor Orsi studies modern and contemporary religion, with a special focus on Catholic practices and ideas, from both historical and ethnographic perspectives. He also researches and writes on theory and method in the study of religion. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has also been a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the NEH and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2016-2017, Orsi was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. His books include, The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1959; Thank You, Saint Jude: Women’s Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes; and Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them. His most recent book is History and Presence, was published in 2016 under the Belknap Imprint of Harvard University Press. He is currently at work on a book called Give Us Boys about the formation of young men at a Jesuit high school in New York City in 1967-1971 as an episode in the broader history of modern Catholic sexuality, social class, and urbanism. This will be published by Columbia University Press in 2022. A native of New York City, Orsi is married to the theologian and Luther scholar, Christine Helmer, and has two sons.

Bartosz Arkuszewski is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. His research interests focus on miraculousness, healing and material religion in the Roman-Catholic Church in Poland. E-mail:

Prof. Clarence M. Batan, PhD, is a Filipino sociologist, Professor, Head of the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Letters,  University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines). He serves as the principal investigator of the international research grant, The National Catechetical Study (NCS) 2021: Pastoral Action Research and Intervention (PARI) Project. Email: / Website:

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Associate Professor Nasir Butrous was the Deputy National Head of the Peter Faber Business School (PFBS) -Austraalian Catholic University until stepping down on 01/09/2018.  Working around 40 years as an educator in Australia, England and the Middle East has afforded me an extensive knowledge of the university and the higher education sector at different levels and in diverse cultures. Currently Dr Butrous is the Discipline Leader: Managing People and Organisations in addition to the BCOM Director within the  PFBS.

Fides del Castillo is an associate professor in De La Salle University Manila. She holds a doctoral degree in Religious and Values Education. She is currently the department chair of the Theology and Religious Education Department of their university. Her research interests are religious education, empirical theology and spirituality.  

Rinald D’Souza is a doctoral researcher at the Department of History, KU Leuven. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Goa. Rinald researches on twentieth-century Christianity in South Asia, particularly on the cultural history of the Jesuits in the subcontinent. He is interested in the cultural role and practices of religion in the production of social identities. His doctoral thesis investigates the role of Jesuit print culture in the indigenisation of the Belgian Jesuit mission in Ranchi, India. He maintains a blog at

Bernadette Durcan is an MPhil student with the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and recently co-authored Why Catholics Leave, What They Miss, and How They Might Return (2019, Paulist Press) with Prof. Stephen Bullivant, Dr Catherine Knowles, and Hannah Vaughan-Spruce. Her current research interests include higher education, lived and public religion, digital religion, generational studies, and social research methods. Email:

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John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton and Visiting Professor at Toronto University. He is a co-editor of the Routledge Studies in Pilgrimage and Religious Travel and Tourism and the Bloomsbury  Religion, Space and Place series. He has worked as a helper at Lourdes between 1968 and 1992 and again between 2004 and 2008. email:

Wilson Angelo Espiritu is a doctoral researcher of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University. His current project is a theological reconsideration of the (popular) devotion to Jesus Nazareno of Quiapo, Manila through the concepts of sacramentality, pledge, and mystical-political praxis. ;

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Prof. Dr. Christel Gärtner is a sociologist and mentor of the graduate school at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster, Germany; currently she is leading the international research project “The transmission of religion across generations: a comparative international study of continuities and discontinuities in family socialization.”

Linda Hennig is a sociologist and recently completed her PhD project on the professional biographies of Muslim women in France and Germany. She currently works in the international research project “The transmission of religion across generations: a comparative international study of continuities and discontinuities in family socialization” at the University of Münster.

Dr. Lic. theol. Florian Klug, researcher and lecturer in Catholic Dogmatics at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany), guest researcher in Maynooth (Ireland), Chicago (USA), Villanova (USA); research areas: original sin, postmodernism, irony


Kathryn Lamontagne, PhD (Boston University, 2020) is a lecturer in Social Sciences at Boston University’s College of General Studies and a fellow of the BU Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs. She is a social and cultural historian who works in areas of gender, sexuality, identity, migration, and faith in the British Atlantic. She was previously based in the UK and taught at BU’s London campus for a number of years while completing her doctoral studies.

Kathryn G. Lamontagne

Katarzyna Leszczyńska is an associate professor at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, at the Faculty of Humanities. Her research focuses on the relationship of gender, religion, organizations and social institutions. Author and co-author of books including Płeć w instytucje uwikłana [Gender entangled in institutions](2016), Poza granicami. Płeć społeczno-kulturowa w katolickich organizacjach migracyjnych [Outside the borders. Gender in Catholic migration organizations] (with Sylwia Urbańska and Katarzyna Zielińska, 2020). Author and co-author of articles, incl. Journal of Contemporary ReligionPolish Sociological Review, and Central and East European Migration Review.


Monica McArdle is a member of Sion Catholic Community for Evangelism, working in schools and parishes across the UK. Her ministry there has involved exploring the use of drama, mime, dance, and sign language as modes of communication for bringing about an experience of the Christian Gospel in the lives of others.  This led her, after 20 years in active mission, to complete a MA in Somatic Movement and Dance Education (SMDE) at UCLAN, Preston. According to ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association), SMDE is a ‘study of self from the perspective of one’s lived experience’, encompassing the dimensions of body, psyche, and spirit’and so she was able to study embodied prayer for the research component of the MA, albeit in a secular setting. She then completed a MProf at the University of Chester, and is now in her third year of a part-time PHD at Roehampton University, studying embodied prayer in the field of Practical Theology. 

Gerard Madden is an early career scholar who was recently awarded his
Irish Research Council-funded PhD thesis, entitled ‘“We here in Ireland are not outside this
struggle”: the Irish Catholic Church, anti-communism and the Cold War, 1945-1965’, at the
National University of Ireland, Galway. A founding member of the Irish Centre for the
Histories of Labour and Class, he has published articles in Saothar,
journal of the Irish Labour History Society, Irish Historical Studies and Contemporary
British History’.

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Vincent Manning has been involved in faith-based HIV activism for over 30 years. He is Director of the only national Christian charity dedicated to the pastoral needs of PLWH in the UK. His PhD research entitled ‘Encountering Christ Through the Passion of HIV’ (2019) is available at contact:

Dr. Namita Manohar, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College – City University of New York.

Namita Manohar is a qualitative, feminist sociologist with broad interests in the sociology of families, (im)migration, intersectionality, and an emerging interest in the sociology of religion connected to her ongoing research on Catholic interfaith marriages in Mumbai, India. The project examines questions of religious identities and practices, religious and cultural rituals, family life and institutional responses to Catholic interfaith couples and their families. She loves teaching and mentoring students and is currently serving as the undergraduate advisor in her department.


Assoc. Prof. Florence C. Navidad, EdD is an education and social health expert and serves as Research Associate of the The National Catechetical Study (NCS) 2021: Pastoral Action Research and Intervention (PARI) Project. Project website:  Email:

Richard Necesito is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in De La Salle University, Philippines. He is in the Faculty of University of San Agustin and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, Philippines. As a researcher, he lingers on the intersection between Theology and Social Science. 

Anna Niedźwiedź, works as an associate professor at the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Her research focuses on lived religion, materiality and spatiality of religions, pilgrimages, visual anthropology and critical heritage studies. She has been conducting ethnographic fieldworks in Europe (mostly in Poland) and in Ghana. She has published books on Marian cult in Poland including The Image and the Figure: Our Lady of Częstochowa in Polish Culture and Popular Religion (2010) and on lived Catholicism in Ghana, Religia przeżywana. Katolicyzm i jego konteksty we współczesnej Ghanie (2015) [Lived Religion: Catholicism and its Contexts in Contemporary Ghana]. Currently she is a principal investigator in the project “Between Marginalisation and Empowerment: Women in African Catholicism (the case of Ghana)” founded by the National Science Centre, Poland.



Gooitske Nijboer is a PhD candidate in the Humanities at the University of Groningen, with an M.A. degree in History. She researches Dutch, English, and French spiritual biographies of exemplary Catholic women and men, focusing on how these texts could teach readers divergent models on how to practice Catholic devotion. Her aim is to map how these models were gendered, and how they were given shape on transregional as well as local scales in this border region of the Catholic world.

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Anne Marie O’Riordan currently works as the RC Chaplain at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and is currently a professional doctoral student at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology. My current research interests include RC women’s spirituality and narrative theology.Email:

Eric Hoenes del Pinal is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist working in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research focuses on the role of language and communication in driving religious and social change among Q’eqchi’-Maya Catholics in Guatemala.

Agata Rejowska is a Ph.D. student at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Currently she is the principal investigator for the project Humanist marriages as social performances. The reconstruction of meanings, funded by the National Science Centre Poland. Since 2019 she also is a member of the research group in the project “Resistance and Subordination. Religious Agency of Roman Catholic Women in Poland”, led by Anna Szwed, funded by the National Science Centre, Poland.

Lilo Ruther is a sociologist and currently finalizing her PhD on death rituals outside of religious community in Switzerland. She also works in the international research project “The transmission of religion across generations: a comparative international study of religion across generations: a comparative international study of continuities and discontinuities in family socialization” at the University of Münster.

Kate Sotejeff-Wilson’s PhD (SSEES/UCL 2005) explored the politics of confessionalisation in post-Reformation Poland and her BTh dissertation (Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology / Christ’s College, Cambridge 2011) was a pastoral theology of mental health. She now translates and edits for other academics and is vice chair of Nordic Editors and Translators (NEaT). Her translations include Kimmo Katajala et al., Vyborg: Historic Towns Atlas(Atlas Art 2020) from Finnish and Ecumenism in the 21st Century: Conditions, Theological Foundations, Perspectives (EKD Text 124, Evangelical Church in Germany) from German; books she has copyedited include Professor Elina Vuola, The Virgin Mary Across Cultures: Devotion among Costa Rican Catholic and Finnish Orthodox Women (Routledge 2019).


Anna Szwed is an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Her research interests focus on gender and religion, lived religion and public religion. She is the author of articles on women and Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church’s discourse on gender issues and the author of the book Ta druga. Obraz kobiety w nauczaniu Kościoła rzymskokatolickiego i w świadomości księży [The Other One. The Image of Women in the Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and the Awareness of Priests] (2015). Currently she is the principal investigator in the project “Resistance and Subordination. Religious Agency of Roman Catholic Women in Poland” funded by the National Science Centre, Poland.


Astrid Krabbe Trolle is a sociologist of religion, PhD in 2019 from University of Copenhagen. The PhD work concerned the religious practices and moral choices of Catholic Filipino migrants in Copenhagen. Currently working on national survey data at the Research Center for the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church, she’ll return to Catholic studies in 2021 to do a postdoc on morality, Catholic mission and gender at Roskilde University. The postdoc is part of a collaborative project mapping the Catholic Church in Denmark through global and ethical interactions within five different language groups.

Ms. Tisha Isabelle de Vergara is a Sociology graduate student at the Department of Sociology, University of the Philippines (Diliman) and Project Assistant for Research and Documentation of the The National Catechetical Study (NCS) 2021: Pastoral Action Research and Intervention (PARI) Project. Project website: Email:

Mariéle Wulf (Dr. phil., Dr. theol. habil.) is professor of moral theology in Utrecht/Tilburg NL. Her work is still strongly connected to my ongoing experience in accompanying traumatized and physically or psychically abused persons. Her starting point is anthropology, her main methodology is phenomenology. Both systemise the considerations on ethics and open the discussion on traditional, modern and postmodern epistemology in this field. Thinking pattern shape our moral reflection; existential experience show the limits of moral arbitrariness. Research on psychotrauma face the possibilities and limits of responsibility. Projects of professional ethics and sociological-cultural ethics reveal how Christian ethics is still able to provide the bases of present-days living together in society and Church. Mariéle Wulf is internationally known for her psychological-ethical research and for her studies on Edith Stein.c.m.wulf@uvt.nl

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