Bishop Brendan Leahy’s welcome visit to Castletroy College 20/5/14
A reflection from our students
By Ty’s Niamh Mulhall, Alan Costelloe, Eimear Nelson and First years, Andrea Crockett, Aisling Herbert and Ciara O’Brien.
‘It made me feel like being a better person’ quote from a 6th year student.
On Tuesday 20th May 2014, we were lucky enough to welcome Bishop Brendan Leahy to our school. Traditional Irish music filled the school entrance as our ‘Trad group ‘and Ms Catherine Clohessey welcomed Bishop Leahy followed by a warm greeting from our TY ‘Anois’ team ,Mr.Padraig Flanagan and Ms Brenda Cribbin who accompanied the Bishop to the staffroom to meet the staff and for a cup of tea. Meanwhile the whole school was assembling in the sports hall, where the bishop then joined us.
Our Liturgy began with a welcome speech from Mr.Flanagan, followed by a presentation of three candles representing all major world religions, all Christians and all faiths and beliefs. Singing followed with the first years, this little light of mine accompanied by Ms Cribbin.
Then Mr.Trevor Griffin said the first reading. We then followed with prayers said by students and teachers. Then Bishop Leahy told us short but meaningful stories about love and happiness. Also that by living at a higher level with prayer that we could experience ‘joy’. He also wished all those doing exams every blessing and that there is a candle lighting in the Pastoral centre for you all.
The meaning of our motto for school which is on our crest ’Ut sint Unim’ ,that we may be one, came into play perfectly as the visit of our Bishop brought our school community together.
Students and staff members gather together to welcome Bishop Brendan Leahy at assembly time and for a prayer service for the whole school community in Castletroy College