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Monday, March 27, 2017
Thurles: new course launched at St Patrick's College
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¬†The Most Reverend Dr Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, yesterday launched a new Bachelor of Business and Religious Studies at St Patrick's College, the seminary, in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Speaking at the launch Archbishop Clifford said: "St Patrick's College is back in business!" He said that due to a lack of vocations recently the future of the college had looked very uncertain. He added: "This was nothing new however. The history of the College, since it opened in 1837, has been somewhat of a rollercoaster. There were times when financial problems and a student disturbance threatened its closure. "St Patrick's College had many twists and turns in its history but it never departed from the ideal of providing a liberal education for Catholic youth destined for the priesthood and professional or business careers. There were many and varied suggestions as to how it might be managed or run. The most recent one was a suggestion that the College be handed over to the GardaŪ when decentralisation was announced late last year." The Archbishop continued: "The main objective of the college was to primarily train priests for ministry among Irish Diaspora. Over 1500 were ordained in the College. Many more pursued part of their studies in Thurles before transferring to other seminaries, especially in USA. The College can be proud of its significant contribution to the Church and society at home in Ireland and throughout the English speaking world. "I am delighted to see this partnership, which begins today, between St Patrick's College and Tipperary Institute, as we launch the Bachelor of Education Degree. I should like to thank HETAC for all their work in bringing this about. I should also like to thank the CEO of TI, Mr. Padraig Culbert and his team who worked very hard to put their side in place. I wish to similarly thank Fr Christy O'Dwyer and his team here in the College who did Trojan work to design their side of the programme," he said. Archbishop Clifford concluded: "St Patrick's College continues the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese. I promise to make every effort to guarantee its viability as an educational and pastoral centre. I hope that the College will continue its long history of service to the Church and the wider community. I never give up hope that the corridors of St Patrick's College will sometime in the future echo again to the sound of seminarians at prayer, study and recreation. Lay students will, of course, always be part of the future student body." Source: Irish Bishops Conference Media Office
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