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Religious Education Celebrations


Over six hundred people attended a graduation and commissioning ceremony for student teachers who successfully completed a certificate course in Religious Education at St Mary’s University College Belfast. Bishop Noel Treanor presided at a Mass of Thanksgiving which was part of the ceremony and addressed the assembly. He spoke of the special place that teachers have in the lives of young people and expressed his commitment and that of the Governing Body at St Mary’s to “custom build the College for a sustainable future in partnership with its local community”.

The College Principal, Professor Peter Finn, characterized St Mary’s as a small college with a big sense of community, specialist in nature, with a distinctive ethos and a record of high performance. He spoke of his satisfaction with St Mary’s ranking in The Guardian University league table in the subject area Education. The recently published table placed St Mary’s sixth in a list of sixty-eight universities and colleges which provide Education at undergraduate level. Cambridge University was listed first.


Professor Peter Finn, Martine O'Reilly, Bishop Noel Treanor, Mark Digney, Sean Ferris, Rev Dr Paul Fleming

Pictured Left to Right

Professor Peter Finn (Principal), Martine O’Reilly (Lisburn), Bishop Noel Treanor (Bishop of Down and Connor). Mark Digney (Newry), Sean Ferris (Kircubbin), Rev Dr Paul Fleming (Head of Religious Education)