Diocesan Adviser for Religious Education Post Primary Schools
It is the responsibility of the school to provide adequate religious education for it’s students. The diocese assists the school in this work by appointing a Catechetical Adviser/Co-ordinator. The Catechetical Adviser/Co-ordinator Fr Declan O’Loughlin facilitates the teaching of religion in the school in a number of ways:
• by visiting the school to meet with and encourage the religion teachers and help them evaluate their work.
• by advising the Principal / Board of Management/Governors and religion teachers on the catechetical syllabus, suitable textbooks and helping devise, supply and share suitable resource materials and giving assistance in formulating policies.
• by reminding Principals / Board of Management/Governors of the central position of Religious Education in the school syllabus and timetable, helping them through in-service staff days / meetings to develop the Christian/Catholic ethos within their school.
• by providing pastoral support to teachers and chaplains listening to their difficulties and helping develop co-operation between teachers and chaplains in any geographical area. For downloadable Class resources and policies please check out this religious Education blog. http://resource-ni.com
• by organising in-service theological and catechetical training for teachers and chaplains.
• by providing opportunities for teachers of religion to participate in retreats and days of prayer and personal/faith development.
• by sharing news of developments pertinent to teachers by means of written reports, newsletters, The Armagh Catechist and gatherings.
• by keeping the Cardinal informed of the work and difficulties encountered by religion teachers, briefing him on national catechetical policies and developments and representing him in areas of educational development at school, diocesan and national levels.
• by encouraging and facilitating the establishment of links between school, home and parish.
• by providing opportunities for priests and seminarians to be more at home and more effective in schools, whether as teacher, chaplain or priest visitor.