Adult Religious Education and Faith Development (AREFD) research project


Researchers at the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education (MDCCE) at Dublin City University are embarking on an exciting three-year project which aims to explore the nature, scope and potential of religious education and faith development for adults in Ireland.  

Funded by the Presentation Sisters North East Province, it is hoped that the project will enhance public awareness of the great work already happening in communities, parishes and groups.  Giving affirmation and recognition to those already actively engaged in adult religious education and faith development, the research team will work with many different groups across Ireland in setting up new opportunities for adults to explore.

The researchers are hoping that as many people take part in this project as possible.  They are inviting all adults in Ireland to complete an online survey that will help them understand what Irish adults think and feel about religious education and how we might best develop this in the future.  

The survey can be accessed at MDCCE AREFD Project and will be open until Friday 14th June 2019.  Please feel free to encourage your friends and colleagues to participate.

Please note that all enquiries about the AREFD project should be forwarded directly to Dr. Bernadette Sweetman at:

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