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School Chaplains' Association of Ireland

Assisting Post-Primary School Chaplains in their Ministry

Membership 19/20

Membership 2019-20

Membership Term: October to October

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Irish Blessing

May the blessing of light be upon you, light outside & light within.

With God’s light shining on you, may your heart glow with warmth, like a peat fire that welcomes friends and strangers alike.

May the light of the Lord shine from your eyes, like a candle in the window welcoming the weary travellers.

May the blessing of God’s soft rain be on you, falling on your head, refreshing your soul with the sweetness of little flowers newly blooming.

May the strengths of the winds of Heaven bless you, carrying the rain to wash your spirit clean, sparkling after in the sunlight.

May the blessings of God’s earth be on you and as you walk the roads may you always have a kind word for those you meet.

May you understand the strength and power of God in a thunderstorm in winter and the quiet beauty of creation in the calm of a summer sunset.

May the earth be soft under you when you rest upon it, tired at the end of the day.

And may you come to realise that you are an important part of God’s plan.

May God watch over you and keep you safe from harm. Amen

SCA Conference 2019

Planning is well underway for next year! 

Save the dates Oct 11th & 12th in your diary

Book your room early to avail of conference rate!

Really looking forward to seeing you all

in Mulingar on Friday Oct 11th from 4pm

More details will follow in the new year


Membership matters...

New newsletters posted to you... our archive is available here...

Welcome from the Chairperson of the School Chaplains' Association

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

As chaplains we can take for granted the power of an act of kindness, a gentle word or a listening ear. In the darkness of winter, light is one of our most powerful symbols. Lighting a candle in the darkness can have such an impact and it is important to remember that what may seem insignificant can sometimes make a huge difference in the lives with whom we are privileged to work. At our Eucharist during a recent conference Fr. Lorcan encouraged us all to light a candle on Thursdays in support of each other. Every ‘Holy Thursday’ we remind you to take a moment to reflect and pray in unity for all chaplains.

It is with great pleasure that I accept the opportunity to take on the role of chairperson for the coming year and I look forward to leading the association. I would like to pay tribute to all the executive members past and present for their dedication and hard work. I would like to especially welcome all those who have taken up chaplaincy posts recently. We are currently working on our next conference, our annual conference provides not only a chance to build resources but also to be refreshed and strengthened in the sharing of experiences. As a small association, our continued success and future existence is very dependent on membership fees. We encourage you to make contact with chaplains on the association and in your cluster group to continue to receive support and advice. I welcome your contact and will endeavour to help in any way I can.

We pray the Lord will guide us in our work and bless all those who bring light into our lives and receive the support of our light every day.

Elaine O’Sullivan, SCA Chairperson

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A Prayer for A Chaplain

My Lord God,

I have no idea where I am going
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost And in the shadow of death, I will not fear
For you are ever with me And you will never leave me To face my perils alone

Thomas Merton

SCA Executive team following a recent meeting in Glenstal Abbey (picture includes Fr. Luke McNamara of Glenstal)


Friendship week in Portumna community school! student's work: 

2017 Conference Keynote SPEAKER - Adrian Porter SJ 

The Chaplain, as a faith presence, committed to the values of Christ, and on behalf of the church and school communities, accompanies each person on the journey through life.
— The Chaplain: A Faith Presence in the School Community.

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