Ethos In-service

Diocese of Elphin
in association with
The Catholic Schools Partnership

 

Characteristic Spirit / Catholic Ethos In-service Evening
for Catholic Secondary School Boards of Management, Principals,
Teachers and Parent Association Committee members

 

Tuesday March 7th, 7 – 9.15 pm,
College of the Immaculate Conception,
Summerhill, Circular Rd.,
Sligo.
F91 D5YF.   (Travel Directions Below)

 

&
Wednesday March 8th, 7 – 9.15 pm,
St. Joseph’s College / Colaiste Chiaráin,
Crannagh, Summerhill,
Athlone. N37 AH97. 
(Travel Directions Below)

 

An Evening with Tom Groome
–  Education From and For Faith in Catholic Secondary Schools today:  signs of  hope, optimism and possibility in a more secular age.

 

Format:           
7.00 pm:          Word of Welcome & Short Prayer Service
7.10 pm:          Session 1: A brief overview of Catholic Education with special
                                          regard to its distinctiveness, enduring strength and
                                          responsiveness to prevailing challenges
8.00 pm:          Tea/Coffee
8.15 pm:          Session 2:  Education From and For Faith in a changing world.
9.05 pm           Word of Appreciation & Closing Remarks

 

Booking:        
There are eighty places at each venue.
To reserve / guarantee a place / places please contact  Justin Harkin @ 087 6171526 / justin@elphindiocese.ie before Friday March 3rd.

 

 Cost:               
Free to persons associated with schools serving the parishes of the Elphin Diocese and persons associated with schools linked to The Catholic Schools Partnership.

                       
A voluntary contribution of €10 would be appreciated from other persons.

 

Prof. Thomas H. Groome
A native of Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath, Prof. Thomas H. Groome is Senior Professor of Theology and Religious Education and Director of The Church in The 21st Century Center in Boston College, Massachusetts, USA. 

In the past forty years, in addition to teaching at Boston College, he has:

  • made over 800 presentations, including keynote addresses at many prestigious Catholic Education and Religious Education Conferences; 
  • been a Guest lecturer at many major universities, including  Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Notre Dame, Villanova and Fordham;
  • lectured widely beyond the US (South America, Asia, Austrialia and Europe);
  • undertaken media work with TV and Radio networks including, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, BBC and RTE;
  • authored, edited and co-edited a number of highly acclaimed books[1] and published more than 180 articles and essays in scholarly journals and popular publications on Catholic and religious education and ministry and produced a video series entitled What Makes Us Catholic (Silver Burdette, 2006).
  • been to the fore in Religious Education Curricula development in the US, being the primary author of God With Us (Sadlier, 1984), Coming  to Faith (Sadlier, 1989) and New and Revised Edition of Coming to Faith (Sadlier, 1995). 
  • served as General Editor and Crafter of The Credo Series (Veritas, 2016), an eleven book Theology curriculum for Catholic High Schools, now used in c. 17% (one in six) of all Catholic High Schools in the USA.

 

Prof. Groome comes to Ireland for the working week March 6th to 10th 2017 at the invitation of the Diocese of Elphin, the Jesuit Education Desk, The Catholic Schools Partnership, The National Association of Post-Primary Diocesan Religious Education Advisors, St. Angela’s College (Sligo), The Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education and The Council for Catechetics of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

 

[1] Books
Catholic Spiritual Practices, Ed. with Colleen Griffith, Paraclete,: Brewster, MA 2012.
Will There Be Faith, Harper One; San Francisco, 2011.
Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New. Editor with Michael Daley, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010.
Horizons and Hopes: The Future of Religious Education, Editor with Harold Daly Horell, New York: Paulist Press, 2003.
What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life. Harper: San Francisco, 2002.
Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. New York: Crossroads, 2000.
Empowering Catechetical Leaders, Editor with Michael Corso, Washington, DC: National Catholic Educational Association, 1999.
Sharing Faith: A Comprehensive Approach to Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1991.
Language for a “Catholic” Church. Kansas City: Sheed and Ward, 1991, 1995.
Christian Religious Education: Sharing our Story and Vision. San Fran: Harper, 1980.

 

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

Travel Direction s to St. Joseph’s College, Summerhill, Crannagh, Athlone, Co. Roscommon.  N37 AH97.

From Roscommon
On approaching Athlone
(i) at the roundabout take the second exit and stay on the N61
(ii) take the first turn right to merge onto N6 toward Galway
(iii) at first junction (No. 13), take the R363 / Tuam /Monksland exit.
(iv) at the roundabout take the  second exit and stay on R446 (Drum / Ballydangan)
(v) at the  roundabout take the 1st exit staying on R446
(vi) take the first turn right (quite close  to roundabout)
(vii) take a sharp left for entrance  to St. Joseph’s College.

From Dublin/ East of the Shannon (via M6)
On approaching Athlone
(i) remain on the N6 (dual carriageway)
(ii) at Junction No. 13 take the R363 / Tuam /Monksland exit.
(iii) at the roundabout take the  second exit and stay on R446 (Drum / Ballydangan)
(iv) at the  roundabout take the 1st exit staying on R446
(v) take the first turn right (quite close  to roundabout)
(vi) take a sharp left for entrance  to St. Joseph’s College.

From Galway / Ballinasloe (via M6)
On Approaching Athlone
(i) at Junction No. 13 take the  R362/ Tuam exit to Athlone
(ii) at the roundabout, take the second exit onto R362
(iii) at the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto R446 (Drum Ballydangan)
(iv) at the  roundabout take the 1st exit staying on R446
(v) take the first turn right (quite close  to roundabout)
(vi) take a sharp left for entrance  to St. Joseph’s College.

 

Travel Directions to College of the Immaculate Conception, Summerhill, Circular Rd., Sligo.
F91 D5 YF

From Boyle / Carrick-on Shannon / Galway
On approaching Sligo
(i)
at the first roundabout, c. 10 Km from Sligo, take the exit for the N.4 / Sligo
(ii) at the next roundabout take the second exit and stay on N.4
(iii) at the third roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Circular Rd.
(iv)  take first turn to the left (car and bus parking area)
(iv) the college will be visible on your right.

From Donegal
On approaching Sligo
(i) remain on N15 until you come to a roundabout.
(ii) at the roundabout take the first exit onto Circular Rd.
(iii) take first turn to the left (car and bus parking area)
(iv) the college will be visible on your right.