Coláiste Choilm

Ballincollig, Co. Cork

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Home Pastoral Care Chaplaincy School Chaplain - Mr. Stephen O Hara

School Chaplain - Mr. Stephen O Hara

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The role of the Chaplain:
The Chaplain in Coláiste & Gaelcholáiste Choilm as a faith presence accompanies each individual in the school community on his/her journey.
The Book of Ecclesiastes states: "There is a season for everything". In the life of the young person there is a season for adolescence. This is a critical time in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social and spiritual development of the young person. It is a time when young people strive for identity and question who they are in relation to themselves, to peers, to family, to God and to the world around them. Aware that their idea of 'self' and/or 'identity' is changing, the young person seeks to harmonise who they were as children with who they are becoming as adolescents and who they will become as young adults. The Chaplain walks with students along this path of self discovery every step of the way.
Chaplaincy in Coláiste & Gaelcholáiste Choilm centres around "being there" for all in the school community: staff, students and their families. The Chaplain is available to each student in the school journeying with and supporting them during the inevitable 'ups and downs' of daily life.
Times of special significance:
There are many moments during the year that are of special importance in the life of the school. November we remember, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter & 6th year Graduation to name but a few, are all marked in a deeply meaningful way and tend to involve the wider school community. Offering students opportunities for reflection such as the TY retreats which take place every year to the scenic location of Gougane Barra can help awaken/deepen students' spirituality.
Ministry to students & wider community:
Ministry to students takes place in many and varied ways. The Chaplain works closely with the Guidance Department and is part of a 'pastoral care' approach to supporting students in school. The Chaplain is a supportive presence in the school especially when working with students in times of bereavement, grief and coping with loss. The chaplain responds to referrals from year heads, class tutors and is a part of the Critical Incident Management Team. The Chaplain is central to organising retreats, pilgrimages and outreach activities during the course of the school year. The Chaplain is available to meet with parents, is a support in times of trauma and makes links with local parishes including local clergy. The Chaplain will also, from time to time, liaise with local agencies, youth & community workers/initiatives etc...

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