Religious Education Advisor

ECHOES Series – October – December 2020

A series of presentations to help us understand the call to echo faithfully the Good news of Jesus, his life death and resurrection. This is our hope to be shared with others.

Email – mary.oduffin@dunkelddiocese.org.uk

The Sacrament of Baptism

Schools Mass in thanksgiving for the work of our pupils, parents and teachers

Thanks to the pupils, teachers and chaplains in our Catholic Schools who came together, at the end of what had been a challenging school year, to celebrate the Annual Schools’ Mass – online. Thank you to Bishop Stephen, Mgr Aldo Angelosanto , Mgr Ken McCaffray, Canon Steven Mulholland and to all who contributed to preparation for this Mass in so many different ways.

Short reflections from Mary O'Duffin

Mary L O’Duffin (Mrs)
Bachelor of Divinity (Hons)
​Diploma in Social Work (Edin) CQSW
Certificate in Child Protection (Dundee)
PGCE (Primary)
​Certificate in Religious Education

Throughout the school year I visit schools, teachers and classes: 

In Dunkeld Diocese I aim to have a development conversation with each Head Teacher; organise CLPL on a cluster basis where possible and support individual school’s growing edges by class visitation or dedicated CLPL on request. Whilst there may not be Collegiate time available for this initiative, staff could fulfill some of their individual CLPL 35 hours through attending session provided on a sessional or cluster basis.

I work with clergy supporting their sessions with parents in order to support and encourage their engagement with the Sacramental journey; a key feature in our success in Mission and sharing values is the opportunity for school staff to deepen their own understanding of faith.

The model of engagement is one of accompaniment/team-teaching and dialogue.The aim is to have meaningful conversations about the joys and challenges of teaching RE. ​In this way we will be able to tailor resources and CLPL opportunities for all staff.

My role as RE Adviser in both the dioceses of Dunkeld and Aberdeen is to provide you with encouragement and support as you engage in the great gift of the Catholic Education of our children in our Catholic Schools. Catholic Education for our young people throughout their school years is hugely important.​

Our vocation is to help shape and form men and women of faith, goodwill and generosity – men and women for others who  will respond to the challenge of loving God , family, neighbours, friends and strangers, whilst sharing and caring for the earth, our Common Home.

Like a mustard seed our aim has small but essential beginnings!

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