Dr Leonardo Franchi has been a member of the Department of Religious Education of the University of Glasgow since 2005. From 2012 until 2016 he was the inaugural head of the St Andrew’s Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education. Dr Franchi is currently a member of the Creativity, Culture and Faith research and teaching group, specialising in Religious Education. He currently teaches on the MEduc, PGDE and MA in Religious and Philosophical Education.
Dr Franchi has written extensively on Religious Education. He is the author of Shared Mission: Religious Education in the Catholic Tradition (Scepter, 2016). Along with Ronnie Convery and Raymond McCluskey, he co-authored Reclaiming the Piazza: Catholic Education as a Cultural Project (Gracewing, 2014), and edited Reclaiming the Piazza: The Catholic School as a Centre of the New Evangelisation (Gracewing, 2017). He is currently working with Richard Rymarz, Broken Bay Institute, Australia, on a new book (due May 2019) on the preparation of teachers for Catholic schools.
His research interests include:
The philosophy and practice of contemporary Catholic education
intercultural dialogue in Religious Education
the role of the liberal arts in contemporary education
the history of Christian education, especially models of formation in early Christianity
initial teacher education in the contemporary university
Religious Education and Intercultural Dialogue in the Contemporary Church
The address will explore how Religious Education can assist the Church’s engagement with contemporary society. Drawing on historical models and contemporary Catholic teaching on education, it will set out how Religious Education can foster intercultural dialogue in the era of the New Evangelisation.
This workshop will give participants the opportunity to continue the conversation with Dr Leonardo Franchi and to further explore the issues raised in the keynote address.