Ethos Overview

Blessed Anne Marie’s Vision on Education:

“I have promised God to give myself wholly to the service of the sick and the instruction of little children”

Bl. Anne Marie wrote this in one of her letters to her father. Her programme of education gives us a keen insight into how she envisions a human being. She believed that all people are equal and have a right to human and spiritual formation and that education consists in helping a person “to be more” rather than in helping him/her “to have more”. And she says:

“It is not sufficient to have taught them how to work and satisfy this purely material needs, they must also know how live with others and themselves and to realize what they owe to God and their brethren”.

This prefigures what “Vatican ll” would say about education.

“A true education aims at the formation of the human person in the pursuit of his ultimate end of the good of societies”

Through an exploration of the D.E.S. Junior Certificate Examination syllabus, the Leaving Certificate curriculum and the overt Catholic ethos of the school, the R.E. Department strives to contribute towards moral, apostolic, mystical and sacramental development of the young person and to develop a tolerance and respect for the values and beliefs of others.

In keeping with our Catholic philosophy we emphasize:

  • Moral Development: Students are invited to reflect on key moral issues and to examine their responsibility to themselves, to others, to society and to the environment. This reflection takes place within the Christian tradition.
  • Apostolic and Evangelic Commitment: A mark of Christian commitment is a concern for others. The school offers opportunities to develop and practice this concern. It invites students to reflect on the contribution they can make to others particularly in the use they make of their talents and in their choices of career.
  • Spiritual Dimension: To develop a relationship with God means being able to enter into the world of mystery. Students are introduced to this through areas such as nature, art, poetry and music. The spiritual dimension is developed through different experiences of prayer and ritual. Students come to appreciate God as creator of the universe and they also experience the mysterious oneness and inter-relatedness of creation.
  • Sacramental Celebration: We meet God through signs that have an enduring reality. The school helps students to experience God through a deeper appreciation of and participation in the sacramental life of the Church, the preparation for and celebration of Sacraments during the school year.

St Joseph of Cluny Mass on 19-11-2012

We aim to foster (through our Religious Education Programme and the celebration of our Catholic identity), a sense of the sacred and a search for a personal belief in God, inspired by knowledge of the person and message of Jesus, and nurtured by a deep personal relationship with Him.