Bishop Stephen presented the Papal Medal ‘Benemerenti’ to Clare McCready at a Mass in St Paul’s RC Academy to thank her for her contribution to Catholic Education in Dundee, after a teaching career of over 38 years. In presenting Clare to Bishop Stephen, Mgr Ken McCaffrey, Chaplain at St Paul’s, noted that Clare had been an outstanding and excellent witness to her faith in four Catholic schools – Our Lady’s High, Motherwell and then Lawside Academy, St Saviour’s High and most recently as senior Depute Head teacher at St Paul’s Academy, Dundee from where she retired in the summer of 2019.
Mgr Ken said, “Throughout her career Clare has taught Religious Education to all age groups in St Paul’s, instilling the Gospel values while encouraging active participation in the Catholic life of the school and the diocese. Clare has been responsible for curricular developments and ensuring quality learning and teaching in the RE Department. She has also played a prominent part in introducing the Caritas Awards, encouraging senior pupils to reflect on their faith journey. Throughout her teaching career Clare has been a role model for pupils and staff and clearly had Christ at the centre of everything she did for our young people and their families. She is most worthy of this award.”