The annual Inter Diocesan seminar for post primary religion teachers takes place on 28th September 2009 at Hotel Kilkenny.

Hotel Kilkenny

Seminar – Monday 28th September 2009

Registration commences at 9.30am and the seminar is scheduled to end at 3.30pm.

Attendance fee for the day is 55 per person – to be paid in advance.

To secure a place please forward your name and payment no later than Friday 18th September to address below

Cheques should be made payable to Kildare & Leighlin Services

Sr. Anne Holton
Diocesan Advisor for Religious Education in Post Primary Schools
Kildare & Leighlin Faith Development Services
Cathedral Parish Centre
College Street, Carlow.
Telephone: (059) 9164084


Presenters on the day include Daniel J. OLeary (Donal), Orla Walsh and Mrie Byrne.

Daniel J. OLeary (Donal) is a priest, author and teacher in the Diocese of Leeds. He taught theology and religious education in St. Marys University College, London and became chair of its Religious Studies Department before being appointed Episcopal Vicar for Christian Formation in Leeds. He is an award winning author of twelve books. He is a regular contributor to the Tablet and the Furrow. Currently he gives Conference and Retreats to teachers, catechists, principals, priests and diocesan advisors around the country. His latest book Begin with the Heart is highly recommended for teachers and will be available on the day.

Orla Walsh is the well known author of the Know the Way textbook for Junior Cert and Workbooks and Prayer Resources to accompany it and also the DVD, In Gods Time. She is currently in her ever increasing creativity devising a new programme for Transition Years using interactive I.T. etc. She worked as a teacher and diocesan adviser in Dublin Diocese and wrote the text book Searching for Transition years. She is the mother of three children.

Mrie Byrne is the Finlay Post Doctoral Fellow in Theology in the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin where she also lectures in Biblical Studies. She holds a Ph.D in Theology from St. Patricks College Maynooth, where she has lectured part-time since 2004. She also worked in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and the Dominican Biblical Institute. She writes a regular column on website resources for Intercom, a pastoral and liturgical resource for the Irish Bishops Conference.


09.30 Registration

09.45 Opening Prayer Sr. Anna McDonagh

10.00 A Spirituality of Education Head and Heart Together, Rev. Daniel OLeary

11.00 Tea/Coffee Break and Viewing of Veritas Display

11.30 Session Two with Rev. Daniel OLeary

12.30 Update on New Resources from Veritas, Orla Walsh

13.00 Lunch Break

14.00 Teaching the Internet Generation for Post Primary Schools, Mrie Byrne

15.30 Finish