The Chaplaincy, located at the heart of the school, strives to promote a sense of welcome and belonging within our school family. We are committed to the spiritual development of all students, while at the same time, recognising the changing reality of the world we and our students live in, and differing approaches to the spiritual life. Terenure College is rooted in its Catholic identity and in the tradition of the Carmelite Order.
“Conscious of the mission of Jesus: ‘I have come that you they may have life and have it to the full’ (John 10:10), we aim to have a school community which is concerned with people as sons and daughters of God. In an atmosphere of welcome and warmth each individual is valued for himself or herself irrespective of ability and achievement. Each and everyone learns to grow at different levels – intellectually, spiritually, psychologically, emotionally and physically – through involvement in a balance of academic, religious, cultural and sporting activities.”
- Mission Statement of Terenure College
The Chaplaincy Team assists in this mission by coordinating the celebration of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and other liturgies and opportunities for prayer experiences at class, Year Group and Whole School throughout the academic year. These include; Services for the dedication of the School Year, Commissioning of Prefects, Services to mark Advent, Lent and Christmas; The remembrance of the Dead; the marking of Holy Days, significant anniversaries and special events, Graduation and Farewell Liturgies. They are assisted in the Sacramental side of the ministry by other members of the Carmelite Community based in Terenure College. Chaplaincy also provides specific faith formation programmes, student retreats, counselling and ongoing support of the student and their family. The pastoral role of the Chaplaincy extends to the home of the student. Such home (and hospital) visitation serves to forge another bond between home and school. The Chaplains are available to parents, members of staff and maintain contact with immediate past pupils. The Chaplains are members of the Pastoral Care Team and Critical Incident Team.They work closely with the Principal and Deputy Principal as well as Form Masters, Guidance Counsellors, Prefects and Student Council. They colaborate with the RE Department and other faculties in the promotion of the students welfare and development.
The Chaplaincy Team is currently comprised of Ms. Mairead Deffely, Fr. James Eivers O.Carm., Mr. Tom Farrell and Ms. Mary Liz Ryan.
"Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine."