Catholic Schools Week Launch

Monday January 24th saw the official launch of Catholic Schools Week 2011 which took place at the Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre at Mount Sion, Waterford with similar launch events taking place at Holy Cross College, Strabane and St. Josephs Secondary School, Derry.

The theme of this years event – ‘Catholic Schools – Rooted in Jesus Christ’ was inspired by the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI.

The idea of Catholic Schools week is to raise awareness of the national treasure our Catholic schools are, and to remind us that our schools are linked in a unique way to the incarnation, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

As Pope Benedict put it: – ‘Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and his goodness, and shelter the flame of faith in your hearts’.

A number of addresses given at the launch of Catholic Schools Week are available on and offer valuable food for thought. The address by Bishops Brendan Kelly and Donal McKeown make for particularly rewarding reading.

Catholic Schools Week 2011 begins on Sunday 30 January and concludes on Saturday February 5th. A special feature of this year’s event is the invitation to second level students, individually or in group, to make a presentation of their school highlighting the following:

  • The history of the school
  • The achievements of staff and pupils
  • The patron saint of the school.

All presentations will seek to show how the entire school community puts faith into action. A prize will be given for the presentation judged to capture best the identity and life of the Catholic school.

Photos from the Launch











Ned Prendergast, Director of Faith Development, CEIST, planting seeds for Catholic Schools that bear witness to their values rooted in Jesus Christ.











Pictured above Sr. Elizabeth Maxwell Co Chair Catholic Schools Partnership speaking at the Launch.











Pictured above a section of the guests at the lauch of Catholic Schools Week.











Pictured above Monsignor Jim Cassin speaking at the launch.











Choir Singing at Catholic Schools Week Launch in Mount Sion, Waterford.