Meet the team at JCFJ
Director & Social Theologian – Kevin Hargaden
Kevin is our Social Theologian and became Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in 2020. He holds degrees in Computer Science, Sociology, and Theology and completed his PhD. in Theological Ethics at the University of Aberdeen under the supervision of Brian Brock and Stanley Hauerwas.
He is the author of several books, most recently Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age (Cascade, 2018). Kevin works in conjunction with the team to reflect theologically on political and policy issues.
Social Justice Advocate – Peter McVerry SJ
Peter McVerry SJ is a Jesuit from Newry, Co. Down who has worked in Dublin’s north inner city since 1974, where he first encountered young people who were sleeping on the streets. He began to set up services and accommodation for young homeless people which would go on to become the Peter McVerry Trust.
Peter advocates for those who have no voice in society and is a critic of government policy on issues including homelessness, drugs and criminal justice.
Environmental Policy Advocate – Ciara Murphy
Ciara is our Environmental Policy Advocate. She works on influencing policy change at a national level as well as focusing on community-based local initiatives. She achieves this through commentary, public consultation submissions and collaborating with peer NGOs and community organisations.
Ciara holds a BSc. in Environmental Biology and a PhD. in Environmental Microbiology which have equipped her with a broad knowledge on environmental and biodiversity issues.
Communications and Social Policy Advocate – Martina Madden
Martina works with the team to achieve communication objectives across a range of platforms and channels. She holds a master’s degree in Political Communication, a primary degree in Social Sciences, a post-graduate diploma from the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII).
Her professional background is in the Irish non-profit and social justice sector working on behalf of people who are marginalised for reasons including disability, illness, poverty, and homelessness.
Social Policy Advocate – Keith Adams
Keith is our Social Policy Advocate. He is primarily focused on research and advocacy in the policy areas of penal reform and housing. He holds Master’s degrees in Social Science (Rights and Social Policy) from Maynooth University, and in Social Science Research from Queen’s University, Belfast.
Keith’s professional background is in the Irish non-profit sector where he has undertaken research on child and family policy, and penal policy.
Accounts Administrator – Berna Cunningham
Berna is our Accounts Administrator. She processes the Centre’s accounts, manages office operations and is responsible for the production of our journal, Working Notes. Berna has been a member of the JCFJ team for more than 20 years, bringing an invaluable level of experience and insight to the working of the Centre.
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