Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare & Leighlin has said there is still a “tremendous hunger” for Catholic education in Ireland, despite the Government’s programme of divesting some schools of their Catholic patronage.
Speaking to The Irish Catholic at the launch of Catholic Schools
Week, Bishop Nulty said that is it clear from the consultation process
with parents that there is not a widespread demand for schools to change
“The one thing that we have found in consultation with parents is
that the vast majority of parents have still a tremendous hunger for
Catholic education and for Catholic schools.
“There isn’t a powerful appetite for schools changing patronage but
obviously where there is an appetite that has to be addressed,” he said.
The bishop noted in his own diocese, Kildare & Leighlin, “in the
one area where there was a survey, it went totally the opposite way. The
people wanted to hold their own Catholic school and that is what we are
celebrating today. Catholic schools; powerful places of faith and
places of learning,” he said.
Addressing delegates and student representatives of 14 local schools
who came together at Saint Dominic’s College, Cabra for the launch,
Bishop Nulty said Catholic schools are “key to the mission of the
“Schools are the key to a life lived with Christ at its centre. The
key to a future built on a firm foundation of faith and hope. The key
to a culture and society shaped with justice and integrity.
“Our schools provide a service to society and to the common good and
are the bedrock of our culture. Accordingly it is appropriate that we
celebrate their achievements and particularly so during Catholic Schools
“Catholic Schools Week gives us a much needed space to acknowledge
and celebrate the work of our Catholic schools. It also gives us the
opportunity for reflection and discussion about Catholic education,” he