This multi-contributory work examines the issues of patronage of Irish schools and the options and decisions around sending children to Catholic schools.
The contributors reflect the many perspectives on this debate. They include a parent, a former primary school principal, an academic and a primary Diocesan Advisor, along with Amalee Meehan from education trust CEIST, and Baroness Nuala O’Loan. With an introduction by Michael Drumm, chairperson of the Catholic Schools’ Partnership, this book is essential reading for parents who wish to understand more about what a Catholic school can offer.
Anne Hession is a lecturer in Religious Education at St PatrickÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s College, Dublin, a linked college of Dublin City University. Her fields of academic research are in the Religious Education of children and the spirituality of children. She is coauthor with Patricia Kieran of Children, Catholicism and Religious Education (Veritas, 2005). She is co-editor with Patricia Kieran of Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition (Veritas, 2007).
John Paul Sheridan
Michael Drumm is a priest of the Diocese of Elphin and lectures in systematic theology at the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin. He is author of Passage to Pasch: Revisiting the Catholic Sacraments (1998).
Orla Walsh is a graduate of the Mater Dei Institute and has spent ten years teaching at post-primary level. For the past seven years she has been seconded to the Dublin Archdiocese as a Diocesan Advisor. Orla was awarded a Masters degree in Religious Education in 2003 from the Mater Dei Institute.
Amalee Meehan, Ph.D. Boston College, taught science with Colaiste Iognaid, Galway, before joining Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust (CEIST), where she works in faith development. She teaches on the MA Christian Leadership in Education with Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, and is the co-author of two religious education textbooks for US Catholic High Schools as part of the Credo Series (Veritas, forthcoming).
Baroness Nuala O’Loan