Address by Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland at at the Ossory Adult Faith Development conference “Catholic Schools: Envisioning a Future”
“Renewing our stewardship of Catholic schools has to involve renewing our commitment to respecting and promoting the right of children in our schools to be led and formed in authentic worship of God in the Catholic tradition. This is not some optional extra. Children and their parents have a right to expect a Catholic school to provide children with a formation in prayer and worship.”
“We have every reason to celebrate our Catholic schools. We have every reason to be confident in the future of Catholic education and its importance for our society. We have every reason to believe that God is faithful. God still offers his charism of teaching and inspiring others to hosts of very talented Irish lay women and men who teach in our schools today. The cultural setting has changed and has changed enormously.”
Address by Fr Michael Drumm, Chairperson of Catholic Schools Partnership, at the Ossory Adult Faith Development conference “Catholic Schools: Envisioning a Future”
Schools are among the most important realities in our lives. We spend a lot of time in them. This includes a significant proportion of that most formative period in life between 4-5 years of age and 17-18 years of age. When schools are working at or near their best they are truly a remarkable human achievement. Young children have a safe place to pray and play and learn; adolescents grow into a deeper intellectual, emotional and moral world; teachers use their personal and professional abilities to challenge and mould new generations; parents and other adults give of their time and money to support the educational enterprise. The hope is that by 17-18 years of age a young adult who is free, rational and capable of mature relationships will be able to cross the threshold into higher education or the world of work.
Address by Maria Spring, Chairperson CPSMA, at the Ossory Adult Faith Development conference “Catholic Schools: Envisioning a Future”
The change in the primary school system in the last ten years has been significant. This change was not only in terms of the New Curriculum (celebrated its 10th birthday on 09.09.09) but at the very core of the system. For the purpose of this presentation I would like to focus on the Board of Management and it role in managing our Catholic schools.
Managing our school in Partnership
Fr Michael Drumm is Executive Chairperson of the Catholic Schools Partnership. The Catholic Schools Partnership was established in September 2009 and is intended to support all of the partners in Catholic education at first and second level. This includes patrons/trustees, management bodies including boards of management and teachers in Catholic schools.