Billy Graham Center

Interview with Mary Majella Cagney - Collection 531

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions


An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Collection 531
[December 4, 2001]
Cagney, Mary Majella 1960-
Interview; 1996
Audio Tapes

Brief Description

Interviews with Cagney in which she describes her childhood, family, spiritual development, conversion and Christian life, Irish Catholicism, education, interaction between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, Irish Evangelicalism, charismatics, Evangelical agencies working in the country, women's role in church, Leanne Payne's Pastoral Care Ministries conferences, Wheaton College Graduate School, strengths and weaknesses of the Evangelical church in Ireland, reconciliation attempts, her work for Kingdom Come Trust and publication of BREAD, journalism, political turmoil as it relates to ministry, impressions of American churches, application for a Fulbright scholarship to attend Wheaton, etc.


A portion of Tape 1 and all of Tape 4 are restricted until November 28, 2051.

Full name Mary Majella Cagney
Birth June 20, 1960, Limerick, Ireland
Parents William and Theresa (O'Dwyer) Cagney
Siblings Six younger sisters: Dolores, Breed, Nuila, Trace, Rosaire, Sheila
Conversion March 1980
1979-1983 University College, Dublin, B.S. Mathematics and Physics
1983-1984 Kevin St. College of Technology, honors degree in Physics
1995-1997 Wheaton College, M.A.
1990-1994 Bread, Media/Editorial Board
1990-1992 Living Waters, Counseling
1991-1992 Living Waters, Coordinator
Other significant information
Involved in serious automobile accident in 1981 and in hospital for nine months.
Authored many articles for various publications, e.g. Bread, Christianity Today, World Pulse.
1989- Pastoral Care Ministries, Counseling

Scope and Content

This collection consists of three oral history interviews with Mary M. Cagney who was interviewed by Paul A. Ericksen on May 1, June 19, and June 28, 1996, at the Archives of the Billy Graham Center. The events described in the interviews cover the time period 1960-1996.

T1 (approximately 75 minutes). Family background, characteristics of parents, place of women in Irish families, Catholic upbringing, status of family, views of Catholicism, conversion, automobile accident, family's reaction to conversion, attending charismatic meetings, Campus Crusade for Christ, lack of communication in family, impact of accident, problems in Apostolic church, interaction between Protestants and Catholics in Ireland, Christian groups from the US working in Ireland, women in the church, activities of St. Mark's Family Worship Center, Leanne Payne's Pastoral Care Ministries, organizing a Living Water Conference, problems in Christian groups and churches.

T2 (approximately 75 minutes). Comparing worship services in Irish churches, strengths of Christian Irish church, Celtic music and Celtic Christian history, strengths and weakness of Evangelical church in Ireland, problems of abuse by Catholic church leadership and workers, political situation in Ireland, Christian groups working in Ireland, obstacles faced by new Christians, attempts at reconciliation between the churches from the north and south of Ireland, impact of political situation on ministry, working for Kingdom Come Trust and the publication Bread, journalism, reasons for applying to Wheaton Grad School, impressions of classes taken, relations between the north and south Irish

T3 (approximately 36 minutes). Applying for a Fulbright scholarship (1995), meeting with interview committee, receiving a Billy Graham Center graduate scholarship, writing a screenplay titled A Celtic King, remembrances of Wheaton faculty and classes, contrasting American and European screen writing styles, problems of international students adjusting to American Socratic teaching style

T4 (approximately 17 minutes). The use of this tape is restricted.


The materials in this collection were received by the Center in May and June 1996 from Mary M. Cagney.

Accession: 96-32, 96-54, 96-58
October 12, 2001
Wayne D. Weber

Accession: 96-32, 96-54, 96-58
Type of Material: Audio Tapes
The following items are located in the Audio Tape file.

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 75 minutes, one side only. Interview with Mary M. Cagney by Paul A. Ericksen on May 1, 1996.

T2 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 75 minutes, one side only. Interview with Mary M. Cagney by Paul A. Ericksen on June 19, 1996.

T3 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 36 minutes, one side only. Interview with Mary M. Cagney by Paul A. Ericksen on June 28, 1996.

T4 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips, approximately 17 minutes, one side only. Continuation of tape 3. Interview with Mary M. Cagney by Paul A. Ericksen on June 28, 1996.

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