Welcome to chaplaincy in Gort Community School. Please read on to explore the background to, and the role of the Chaplain in Gort Community School.
The region of Gort, South Galway and North Clare represented in Gort Community School is a region full of culture and tradition, life and activity. The faith and spirituality of the area is important within the respective local towns and villages and it is something that is important to our school community also.
The round tower of Kilmacduagh and the cross of the Sisters of Mercy on our school crest are symbolic of our spiritual heritage that we, as a school community, aim to nurture. Our school is a multi-denominational school with a strong Christian ethos. Our school seeks to imbue a sense of respect for one another, for our school environment and for the whole community in which we live. Gort Community School has a full-time Chaplain, Ms. Orla Duggan and acting school chaplain John McNamara
As a faith presence in the school, her role is a pastoral one. Along with the Principal and the other members of staff, she is concerned with the care and support of all students of the school paying particular attention to their spiritual needs. The Chaplain is a full time member of staff with commitments to the school’s Religious Education Department and the co-ordination of religious worship during the year. Central to the Chaplain’s role is contact with students, staff and parents. Through class work, individual meetings and involvement in student activities, she tries to meet as many as possible and to be available to all.
“Lord, when did we see you
hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you
welcome, naked and clothe you? When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you? And the king will
answer, in truth I tell you in so far as you did this to one of the least of my brothers and
sisters you did it to me.”