Ossory Adult Faith Development, St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny. Tel. 056-7753624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As always it is an extremely useful resource for names and numbers of parishes, groups, committees organisations and so much more in the diocese.
Also this year the Ossory Guide is available in iBook and eBook format, available to download to your mobile devices. Handy for the Guide on the Go!
The printed version of the Ossory Guide may also be purchased directly from Ossory Adult Faith Development or the Cathedral Book Shop.
For further information contact: 056-7753624 or email email@example.com
Click on the link (image left for ibook or image right for ebook) to start downloading.
If you are downloading directly to your iPad or iPhone, it will give you the option to download directly to iBooks. If you are downloading to your computer, you can then transfer the iBook to your iTunes and copy to your device from there.
The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny (adjoining St. Kieran’s College) would like to invite 6th Year, FETAC and Mature students (23yrs+) to take the FIRST YEAR of their BA degree in Kilkenny. Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centered environment – before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs.
Subjects on offer: English; Anthropology OR Nua Ghaeilge; History; Geography; Sociology; Economics; Philosophy; Theology OR Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies. Further information can be found at: CAO (MH901) and www.nuim.ie/kilkenny
OSSORY ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT
in conjunction with THE PASTORAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE WATERFORD & LISMORE
RENEWAL & RESPONSIBILITY
Empowering Today’s Church for Ownership & Outreach
To commemorate the opening of the Council, the Dioceses of Ossory and Waterford & Lismore are offering an opportunity, over four gatherings, to explore the responsibility we all have within our Church communities.
St Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny
6th October 2012
There is a growing awareness today of the need for a great shift in our understanding of who we are as the people of God and how we fulfill our baptismal calling within the Church.
This can only be achieved by embracing a path to renewed ownership and enhancing a sense of responsibility, for the life of the church, among every believer.
The seeds for this were sown as the early Church emerged and Vatican II, whose anniversary we celebrate, worked hard to bring this to bring this to the fore. Unfortunately, as Pope Benedict XVI recently observed, “the luminous pages which the Council dedicated to the laity [are] not yet sufficiently adapted to, or impressed on, the minds of Catholics or in pastoral procedures”.
“Good Luck Darren”
The annual St Kieran’s College Record was published recently. The 2012 edition is really amazing with over 90 pages of text and images recalling the many activities of the School Year. It is only when we, as a school community, sit to gather the material for this publication that we begin to realize how busy the past twelve months have been. The breath and diversity of activities found on the pages of the record stand as testimony of the many activities which have now become part of the expected everyday life of the school and college community.
The Record was given to the 6th Year students as they left the school and also distributed to all the students in the school. Click here to view.
I welcome with much gratitude the St Kieran’s College Record 2012. The main purpose of The Record is to chronicle all that has occurred and is happening since the last edition. It is with a source of great pride that I have the honour and pleasure in presenting this publication to you as I await confirmation of my successor as the next President.
This year, 2011/2012 is our 229th academic year. The results from the dedication and commitment of all involved in the life of our College flow through the pages of this year’s account of life at St Kieran’s – its continued growth, its ongoing development, its inclusive holistic and gospel centred approach to Irish education. Continue reading “College Record 2012” »
With the advent of Parish Pastoral Councils and the structured involvement of lay people in the life of the diocese, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, as part of its mission of education and formation, wishes to offer, on behalf of the Catholic Diocese of Ossory, a programme of education for those involved in parish life.
The programme will be offered on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, based at St Kieran’s College. It will continue a tradition of education based on the values of the gospel, of both lay and clerical students, which began in 1782. The Programme will be accredited by St Patrick’s College Maynooth as a Level 7 Certificate in Theological Studies (20 credit ECTS).
This course will be of interest to people who are involved in parish life or to those who are involved with the Diocesan Forum. It may also be of interest to those who wish to deepen and enrich their own understanding of their faith and who are prepared to become involved in parish life.
To provide general theological education and formation in the main aspects of faith.
To provide the theological background needed for lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan level.
Specific Admission Requirements
Applicants under 23 must have achieved matriculation requirements.
Applicants over 23 are asked to submit a short piece of no more than 100 words on why they want to do this course.
Final selection will be based on a short interview.
Special requirements for progression to Certification
Attendance and participation (85% attendance mandatory).
Satisfactory completion of assignments.
Methods of Assessment
Written assignment will be completed at the end of each module.
The assignment will be decided by the staff member in charge of the module.
Such an assignment could range from an essay, a reflective project or review, the completion of class assignments or a learning journal.
100 hours part-time over one academic year from September 2012 to May 2013.
€400 (Parish sponsorship may be available for those who gain a place on the course).
For further information please contact the following:
Declan Murphy M.A. (Course Director)
Application Forms can be downloaded HERE
Closing date for applications: 24th August 2012
IEC 2012 Theology Symposium at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth
One-day registration option is now available for the IEC2012 Theology Symposium at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from June 6-9.
Registration for both 4 Day/ 1-Day options is online at: www.iec2012.ie/theologysymposium
To download Theology Symposium Programme click here.
*****A reunion for the class of 1972 will be held in St Kierans Collegeon the 6th October 2012.*****Contact John Quane at St Kieran’s College for further information.056 7761707*****
SACRED TEXTS! A First Century Message with Twenty First Century Technology.
At a time of much debate around the future of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland one might be forgiven for believing that there is not much good news to be heard. However a closer look at the life of the church in Ossory reveals a very different picture. Through the auspices of the Ossory Adult Faith Development Group the local church is communicating the centuries old message of the gospel in new and exciting ways. In response to an innovative outreach project during Lent almost two thousand people right across the diocese signed up to receive a daily text on their mobile phones. The texts consisted of short biblical reflections accompanied by an invitation to reflect during that day. Geraldine Walsh from Killaloe near Callan, who signed up for the service, said that ‘the text service provided a simple and effective method of prayer during Lent even while on the move.’ and ‘the service gave her the sense of sharing something very special with many other people right across the diocese’.
Asked why he thought the text initiative was so successful, the director of Adult Faith Development Fr Dermot Ryan indicated that he believed its success was as a result of it simplicity and accessibility. He noted “already other community groups such as local GAA clubs and indeed our schools are using this technology to great benefit so it is only logical that we should do likewise”.
Owena Grimes from Bennettsbridge parish, a teacher in Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny and a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council remarked that “everyone, young and not so young has access to a mobile phone today and texting is now just part of our lives. People are still very open to receiving the good News of Jesus Christ which continues to offer hope especially in these difficult times”. Bishop Seamus Freeman even got in on the act when he used the diocesan text service to convey Easter Sunday Greetings to the great joy and surprise of many throughout the diocesan community.
The text service will continue to operate in the future conveying details of some upcoming events organised by the Faith Development Group and following on the success of the diocesan initiative Ballycallan Parish has now introduced its own text service. Speaking about this new innovation, parishioner and transition year student Nicholas Dunphy said that “many young people had signed up for the parish text service and thought the idea was brilliant keeping them in touch with all the goings on in the parish during the week”.
With the new text service successfully up and running Ossory Adult Faith Development has said that it will continue to explore new ways of being part of the ‘new evangelisation’ of the church to the contemporary world. In the meantime the Group continues its mission on behalf of the Diocese and Bishop Freeman to prepare people to assume their rightful role in the Church community. Recently in a homily delivered in the Cathedral of Léon, Mexico during his apostolic visit there Pope Benedict XVI urged Church leaders to forge closer bonds of communion between all members of the Church. In particular, he called for greater attention to the formation of lay faithful who must never be considered “second class citizens”. Through resources, formation events, seminars and conferences Ossory Adult Faith Development seeks to provide the people of the diocese with opportunities to grow and mature in faith and to provide them with the necessary skills to become first class citizens of the Church as Pope Benedict indicated. Further information on the activities of the Ossory Adult Faith Development Group is available on the diocesan website: www.ossory.ie