A Journal for The Contemporary Church


Welcome to The Furrow

The Furrow is a monthly journal for the contemporary Church.  It enjoys an international reputation as a courageous and impartial forum for discussion of challenges facing the Church today and of the resources available to meet them.

Contributors close to 70 years have included men and women of significance in Church life, theologians, politicians, writers, poets, Catholics and other Christians, names like Cardinal O Fiaich and Cardinal Daly, theologians national and international like Karl Rahner and Gabriel Daly, OSA, Rosemary Haughton, Mary Grey; National leaders like Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, writers like Seamus Heaney and Mary Gordon – names like these feature in its pages over the years.

Areas of particular interest in the life of the Church in Ireland dealt with monthly are Parish Liturgy, Parish and Pastoral Councils, Church Leadership, the Missionary Church, Spirituality, Prayer and Preaching, Ecumenism and the dialogue in and between the Churches, the Church and the Arts, Books and Book Reviews.

The Furrow was founded in 1950 at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare by the late J. G.  McGarry, a Professor in the College, and it continues as a vibrant voice for renewal of the Church across the world.