On Friday 31st January Mount Lourdes Grammar School welcomed Bishop Larry Duffy, Bishop of Clogher as he joined them in celebrations to mark Catholic Schools Week.
Bishop Duffy was welcomed by Monsignor Peter O’Reilly PP, VG, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, and by Mrs Sinead Cullen, Principal and Head Girl Bronagh Duffy. Bishop Duffy was accompanied by Deacon Martin Donnelly and by Dr Gary Carville, Director of Communications for the Diocese of Clogher.
During the visit, Bishop Duffy met with staff and students including the student liturgy committee and fundraising committee. He also visited some Key Stage 3 classes including a technology and design class where the students instructed the bishop in the use of some of the technology equipment.
The visit ended with a celebration of the Liturgy of the Word involving students from Mount Lourdes Grammar School, St Joseph’s College, St. Fanchea’s College and St Micheal’s College.
Earlier in the week, Bishop Duffy visited the primary schools of his home parish of Magheracloone in south Monaghan, including Ballynagearn National School where he began his own formal education.
The theme of Catholic Schools Week was ‘Living in harmony with God’s creation’ and this was reflected in the events and activities held during the week. These included the inter-generational dimension of education and its importance in handing on the Catholic faith today.
Below are some photos from Bishop Duffy’s visit to Mount Lourdes, and also his visits to Ballynagearn NS, Drumgossat NS and Mullaghrafferty NS in his home Parish of Magheracloone last Monday.