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Religious Education Ceremony


Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor welcomed one hundred and fifty student teachers into the global family of Catholic teachers at a special commissioning ceremony in the College on 16 June 2011.


Bishop Treanor pictured with Stephen Donaghy, Tom Ferran and Joanne Lynch


Bishop Treanor is pictured with Stephen Donaghy from Loughmacrory, Tom Ferran from Belfast and Joanne Lynch from Newtownbutler.


The ceremony included a Mass of Thanksgiving which was celebrated by Rev Dr Paul Fleming and addresses by both the Bishop and the College Principal Professor Peter Finn.


Student teachers of St Mary’s who take the BEd degree programme have the option to study for a Certificate in Religious Education course, validated by Ecclesiastical Authority over three years.


The tutors on this course are as follows

Rev Dr Paul Fleming
Rev Dr Feidhlimidh Magennis
Rev Dr Niall Coll
Mrs Marian Bradley
Mrs Sharon Treanor
Rev Dr Eddie McGee.

The special guests at the ceremony were

Board of Governors
Sr M Lucina Montague OP
Mrs Deirdre Loughran

Mr Jim Clarke, Acting Chief Executive

Diocesan Advisers
Mrs Breda McKay - Down and Connor
Miss Catherine McGinnity - Down and Connor
Mrs Kathleen Hagan - Down and Connor
Mr Frank Donnelly - Down and Connor
Sr Elizabeth Wall - Armagh
Sr Attracta Devlin - Dromore
Ms Bridie Dolan - Clogher


Bishop Noel Treanor addresses attendees at the RE commissioning ceremony


Professor Peter Finn addresses attendees at the RE commissioning ceremony