Post-Primary Diocesan Adviser R.E. News

January 2020/ Eanáir 2020

Dear R.E. Teacher / Chaplain,

Welcome back after the Christmas break and a very Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you all had a restful holiday and are refreshed and ready to begin a new term! 

As you may be aware I have taken up the post of Director of Education & Youth Ministry in September 2019.  For the last few months, I have been busy familiarising myself with the role! I am grateful to all who have supported me over the last while, in particular Lily Barry the Dublin Diocesan Advisor who has been a mind of information.

I have also been organising the John Paul II Awards Night which took place in Cathedral on the 5th of December last.  It was a wonderful occasion with 53 students receiving their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and with the first ever Papal Cross Awards. Well done to all the schools involved.

Over the next few months, I am hoping to develop the Ferns Website to provide you with relevant and useful resources to support you in your role as RE Teacher and would be delighted to receive any contributions you may wish to share with fellow Chaplains and R.E. teachers or any suggestions for in-service /support days which the Diocese could provide.  Please see resources for January at here

I would like to draw your attention to Pope Francis’ monthly intentions which I encourage you to introduce and use with your students. For January the Pope’s intention is ‘Promotion of World Peace’: We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill may promote peace and justice in the world. For further resources see

I would also like to draw your attention to Catholic Schools Week which takes place from 26th January to the 2nd February 2020. This year the theme is ‘Living in Harmony With God’s Creation’. I have posted resources on the website Further details are also located within the January Resources Section

I have been actively visiting schools over the last few months both as Support Visit within the role of Diocesan Advisor and also in relation to the introduction of the John Paul II Awards and I look forward to continuing these visits.  

Finally, I am currently putting the finishing touches to the brochure on the upcoming In-service taking place in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre here in Wexford on Thursday the 27th of February next.  It is an exciting Inservice aimed at providing practical resources to you and your team.  If you are interested in attending please contact me to book you in.

That’s it for the moment.  Please see on the website the section on January Resources which I hope will be helpful to you. 

God bless your work!

Colette O’Doherty