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Mary Gao PhD

Mary Gao


01 853 5170
St. Mary's, Education Office


Department of Inclusion, Religious Education & Student Life


Programme Coordinator for Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality and Human Development

Programme Coordinator for Further Studies in Spirituality

Lecturer on the Adult Education Certificate in Spirituality and Human Development

Lecturer on the MES in Christian School Leadership


Doctorate in Philosophy (Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland)

M.A in Leadership and Pastoral Care (All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland)

M.A in Applied Spirituality (Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin, Ireland)

Certificate in Spiritual Direction, CPD course (Jesuit Spirituality Centre, Loyola Hall, UK)

Professional Degree in Spiritual Direction (Ignatius Spirituality Centre, Hong Kong)

Professional Degree in Counselling (Jingnan Counselling Centre, China)

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (Institute of Formation and Religious Studies, Manila, Philippines)



Module Code

Module Name


Adult Ed. Cert. in Spirituality


Lectio Divina as a Way into Personal Transformation

Module leader and lecturer

Adult Ed. Cert. in Spirituality


Rediscovering Christian Contemplative Tradition

Module leader and lecturer

MES in Christian School Leadership


Servant Leadership

Module leader and lecturer


Publications and other outputs


Book Chapters


Gao. CY. (2022). An Awakened Spirit and a Transformed Consciousness. In Dunne C.M. & Whelton M. (Eds.) Oide na Ceirde: Aistí d’Aodán Mac Suibhne in ómós a Shaothair san Oideachas. Southern Star Creative.




Gao. CY. (2018). A Narrative Inquiry into Contemplative Leadership: Concepts, Characteristics, Challenges, Opportunities. [Doctoral dissertation, Dublin City University]. DORAS DCU online Research Access Service https://doras.dcu.ie/22198/

Gao. CY. (2012). What Helps University Chaplains Take a Contemplative Stance to their Role as Pastoral Carers? [Unpublished Masters thesis]. All Hallows College.

Gao. CY. (2006). In Search of Wholeness and Holiness: Exploring the Future Formation of Women Religious in China. [Unpublished Masters thesis]. Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy.


Professional Interests


Leadership and Spirituality, Pastoral Care, Leadership and Contemplation, A model of Contemplative Leadership. Spiritual Accompaniment.

Counselling, Listening skills.