Clogher Diocesan Religious Education Advisers

Diocesan Advisers


Primary: Rev John Flanagan CC

Parochial House,


Co Fermanagh BT92 7LA

Tel. No. 028 67751393

Republic of Ireland

Secondary: Rev Noel Mc Connell M.Ed. STL,

St Macartan’s College


Co Monaghan

Tel. No. 047 72795

Northern Ireland

Secondary: Mrs Eileen Gallagher BA M.Phil,

St Michael’s College



Co Fermanagh BT74 6DE

Tel. No. 028 855 66322935 Email:

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 Catechetical Advisers/Co-ordinators. The Catechetical Advisers/Co-ordinators Fr Noel McConnell & Mrs Eileen Gallagher 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.

• 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 and gatherings.

• by keeping the Bishop 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.

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