Tony Nolan

Tony Nolan

Tony is a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, a religious order within the Roman Catholic tradition.  He is a group facilitator, mediator, supervisor and trainer. Tony lectured in Reflective Practice (MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership) at Sarum College from 2012-2015.  He now runs a freelance practice based in Blackrock, County Dublin. He regularly travels between Ireland and the UK to deliver workshops and training.

Tony is interested in promoting supervision and reflective practice in a wide variety of ministerial settings including education, chaplaincy, spiritual direction, senior leadership, pastoral care, safeguarding and parochial ministry.  And the interface between pastoral supervision and supervision in the wider helping professions.


Training Offered

  • Supporting Ministry through Supervision – Archdiocese of Cardiff
  • Pastoral Supervision Taster Days
  • Reflective Practice for Head Teachers and Senior Management (Archdiocese of Cardiff)
  • Sharing the Journey Together (Peer Supervision) – Cardiff
  • Widening our Gaze: Supervision as Reflective Practice: Sarum Spiritual Direction Conference  2012
  • Reflective Practice (Core Module), MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership: Sarum College 2012-2015
  • Reflective Practice for Spiritual Directors 2014
  • Enriching Ministry: the practice of pastoral supervision (with Jessica Rose) Sarum College, Salisbury 2014-2015
  • Reflective Practice – Journaling as a Reflective Tool, Head Teachers, Sarum College 2014
  • Supervision Skills for Training Incumbents, Bath & Wells Diocese, 2014/15
  • Sustaining our Vision: seeing our ministry differently: (pastoral supervision training course), Sheldon Centre, Devon, 2015

Research Interests

  • Use of the self in supervision
  • The place of intuition in supervision
  • Creative approaches to supervision
  • Supervision in Organisations: relationship between organisation and supervisor.
  • Other voices in the room: stakeholder and wider organisational influences on the supervisory relationship

Publications:  2014    Supervision as Courageous Conversation in Paterson & Rose, Enriching Ministry: Pastoral Supervision in Context, SCM.