Maeve Louise Heaney was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a consecrated missionary of an institute of consecrated life called the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity.
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 published a book which seeks to ground that intent, called Music as Theology: What Music Says about the Word and a variety of articles.
Maeve has worked in various countries in 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 and 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 four CDs: I Believe in You, Stand and Nel Frattempo , and her most recent, this year, called Break the Crystal Frame. She has also ministered in formation within her own community.
She completed her Bachelor in Theology at the Instituto Teológico Verbum Dei, San Pablo Apóstol, in Madrid. In 2004 she 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 and Director, Theological Formation for Ministry, Australian Catholic University and Holy Spirit Seminary, Banyo.
Maeve’s blog reflecting on love and family:
We know God through those who love us unconditionally. Prayer life is important, of course. It is vital. I could not take a step without it. And it takes us deeper. But there is a sixth sense to recognise what’s worthwhile, and a strength that comes from having a family that knows and loves you for who you are no matter what that is so powerful I stand in awe of what I have received and share in. It is moving, sacramental, graced, profound, strong as rock, solid as stone, healthy and cleansing as natural running water. And I thank God for it. It is no wonder that a Synod on marriage and on family is so important. And it is complex – so let’s stop being so polarised about things. What is at stake is too high.
Go to Maeve’s website.