Catherine Maignant is professor of Irish studies at the university of Lille (France). She was president of the French Association of Irish studies (SOFEIR) and of the European Federation of Associations and centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS for a number of years. After writing a PhD on early medieval Irish Christianity, she now specializes in contemporary Irish religious history. Her research interests include the New Religious Movement, the response of the Catholic Church to secularization, interreligious dialogue Celtic Christianity and the religious aspects of globalization. She has widely published in all these areas.