Catholic Schools Week | Clongowes Wood College

Posted: 28th January 2019

Sunday 27th January to Saturday 2nd February

Catholic Schools Week is an all-Ireland annual event, which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic Education. It is a celebration of Catholic schools throughout Ireland, North and South, which acknowledges the tremendous contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make, not just to Irish society, but also to the mission of the Church.

Catholic Schools Week 2019 runs from Sunday 27th January to Saturday 2nd February 2019. This year’s theme, ‘Celebrating the Work of Our Local Catholic Schools’ reflects on the unique contribution of Catholic schools to our collective goal of education as Irish society continues to change. Each Catholic school shares an ethos that is inclusive, welcoming and vibrant and works towards a vision of each student as made in the image and likeness of God.

As Clongowes is a Catholic school set in the Jesuit tradition, the core of our Ethos is having a Faith that does Justice and educating Men for Others and so the Catholic Schools Weektheme for this year is very close to our hearts.We look forward to celebrating our Catholic identity throughout the week, during which the Religion Department, in association with the Ethos Department, will look at what it is that makes our school a Jesuit and Catholic school.

The themes for the individual days are very much a call to action:


Monday Living Tradition
Tuesday Welcoming Diversity
Wednesday Grandparents’ Day
Thursday In Service of our Community
Friday Supporting Faith


Morning Prayers throughout the week will address the theme for the day and will include Fr. Paul O’Boyle, the local parish priest in Clane on Thursday morning in keeping with the concept of ‘Service of our Community’.

Other activities during the week will include

Throughout the week there will also be an Interactive Prayer Space beside the Chaplaincy Board in the Concourse to celebrate our Catholic Jesuit Identity. We encourage all students to get involved so please take a moment at this space.

Towards the end of the week a special painting from the cave at Manresa in Spain will be blessed and presented to our own Manresa Prayer Room to mark our special Jesuit Identity during this celebratory time of Catholic Schools Week.

The full text of Ms Anne-Marie Dolan’s Morning Prayer at the start of Catholic Schools Week may be read here

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