As a former pupil of The Douay Martyrs Catholic Secondary School, Luisa Foley was delighted to be selected as School Lay Chaplain in June 2000. Luisa is an enthusiastic presence throughout the school, actively and visibly serving the entire school community. She is also seen as a friend, guide and companion, walking alongside pupils, staff and families.
Chaplaincy strives to create every opportunity and to deepen all members’ knowledge and love of God. It also seeks to promote the wellbeing of every member of the school community in an atmosphere enlivened by the Gospel Spirit of freedom and love.
The Chaplaincy department aims to create a welcoming atmosphere built on shared values and mutual respect. It promotes and enables all members of the school community to fulfil their personal development by fostering a mutual and supportive ethos where every member is seen in the context of equality. The Chaplaincy aim is not just one of contributing, but also actively engaging and striving to work effectively within the pastoral, consultative and managerial structures of the school. Chaplaincy facilitates by:
- Enriching the life of the school through the Liturgical/Cycle of prayer: Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, holy days of obligation and Patronal Feast Day Masses.
- Taking part in annual events with the Diocese of Westminster – Liturgies, World Youth Days, Lourdes and Rome.
- Each year every student has the opportunity to take part in the retreat programme.
- Evangelisation and Catechesis – simply living among people whose lives are deeply affected by the values of the Gospel.
- Community links.
- Fundraising for a variety of charities.
St Paul (1 Cor 12:3) says, we have nothing if we don’t possess love. Love is the essence of our faith and it is shown through the work of Chaplaincy.
The Chaplaincy has an ‘open door’ for students, staff and families from all faiths and none. The school Chaplain is a presence, actively and visibly serving the school community.
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