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Limerick Trustees Walk a New Path

On 18 October, in the presence of Chairpersons of Boards of Management and Principals, the Federation of Patrons/Trustees of Second Level Schools in the Diocese of Limerick was formally launched at a simple function at the Castletroy Park Hotel.

The guest speaker on the occasion was Dr. Andrew G. McGrady, Director, Mater Dei Institute of Education.

The Federation represents the trustees of all the Catholic voluntary secondary schools as well as the Catholic trustees of other second-level schools in the Diocese where trusteeship is shared. It is the outcome of many years of research and effort.

The purpose of the Federation is to enrich parental choice, by ensuring the continued availability of Catholic education for young people and their families at second level, in the Diocese of Limerick. It proposes to do this collaboratively, in partnership with families and in engagement with all the other educational partners and stakeholders.

The Trustees in the Diocese of Limerick are as follows;

  • CEIST
  • Diocese of Limerick
  • ERST
  • Jesuits
  • Lay Catholic Trustees
  • Le Chéile
  • Redemptorists
  • Salesians of Don Bosco
  • Salesian Sisters.

There are three CEIST schools out of the 18 schools in Limerick city, which are Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Presentation Secondary School, Limerick and Scoil Carmel, O'Connell Avenue with another two Limerick CEIST schools in the Diocese being St. Joseph's Secondary School, Doon and St. Joseph's Secondary School in Abbeyfeale.

Trustees carry the founding vision of the school and strive to maintain, with the Board of Management and the school community, the characteristic spirit or ethos of a school. They exercise the role of Patron/Trustee as enshrined in the Education Act (1998). For each school, Trustees hold ‘in trust’ the school property and the school’s educational enterprise and they appoint the Board of Management.

The members of the Federation, as part of the Catholic community and in service of the common good, have committed themselves to acting in unison and speaking with one voice. They work together from a rich Christian tradition to maintain and develop a vibrant and responsive Catholic second level sector in the Diocese.

The launch of the Federation coincides with the recent establishment of the Association of Trusts of Catholic Schools (ATCS) as part of the Catholic Education Service (CES), and will be well placed to liaise with ATCS in a co-ordinated and united way on behalf of Catholic provision in the Diocese of Limerick.

The contact person for the Federation is Fr. Paul Finnerty at the Limerick Diocesan Office: paul@ldo.ie

CEIST wishes the federation every blessing and success!