Faith Leadership and Governance Team

The following personnel are the co-ordinators for the new CEIST Faith Leadership and Governance Team. 

Tom Loughnane

Tom joined the CEIST office in September 2007 shortly after the new Trust was launched. Tom’s teaching career began in 1971 as a Science and Maths teacher with Offaly VEC in Edenderry.

He then moved on to teach in St. Michael’s Holy Faith Convent school in Finglas, Dublin and from there to the then new Portmarnock Community School in 1981 before finally moving to St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Rush, where he was appointed the first lay Principal in 1993.

 Tom can be contacted on 01-6510427 or 086-0437140.


Amalee Meehan 

A native of Galway, Amalee spent many years as a science teacher at Colaiste Iognaid, Galway where her experience of Ignatian Spirituality and her school’s ethos commitment prompted her in 2004 to go to Boston College in the United States to complete a PhD in Theology and Education.

She is author of a growing list of published articles and books to do with Catholic Education including the widely acclaimed "Joining the Dots: A Programme of Spiritual Reflection and Renewal for Educators" (Veritas, 2012).

Amalee joined CEIST in 2008 and can be contacted on Ph: 01-6510412/Mob: 086-1704714.


Catherine McCormack

Catherine graduated from Mater Dei Institute in 1983 and taught Religion and English for over twenty years.

During this time Catherine completed a Masters degree in School Leadership and Management and also qualified as a guidance counsellor.

In 2006 Catherine joined the staff of St. Patrick’s College, Thurles as Chaplain and counsellor and then as Head of Teaching Practice in 2010.

Catherine who joined CEIST in August 2012 can be contacted on 086-1704643 or 01-6510415.


Aoife Rush

Aoife Rush taught French and Business in Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny and Stella Maris Secondary School, Tramore before joining CEIST in 2012.

Previously, Aoife was an Education Officer with Trócaire with responsibility for the co-ordination of the organisation’s post-primary education programme Pamoja Kwa Haki (Together for Rights), a Human Rights/Development Education project for senior cycle students.

This position involved the development of post-primary curriculum resources, the delivery of workshops on development issues and the organisation of overseas study visits for participating teachers.  Aoife can be contaced on 086-0437141 and 01-6510414.