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Greetings from the bishop

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Greetings from the Bishop

As Bishop of Killala and Patron of St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, Co Mayo,
I welcome you to the St. Muredach’s College website.

In so doing, I want to recognise the quality of excellence which is at the core of all that is done and has been achieved in this College not only at present but since its foundation in the late nineteenth century. St. Muredach’s College is proud of its tradition of inspiring futures. Many men look back on their days in this College and readily acknowledge the great debt of gratitude owed by them to a teacher who inspired them and to the College that educated them. Many have had much to be grateful for in the service given by this College to North Mayo and West Sligo. I hope that the memories and the shadows evoked in this website will provide you, together with its students, past and present, with a continued source of inspiration for life.

Secondary school life brings with it a great deal of experience and challenge; of adolescence, of transition, of growing up, of human life at a great and at a difficult time. It is accompanied by light and darkness, joy and sorrow, jubilation and frustration, achievement and what may appear as failure.

Recalling school years will revive memories which are positive but it may also recall hurts which weigh heavily. Visiting this website is an opportunity to remember with gratitude and to give thanks. It is also an opportunity to recall, name, forgive, ask forgiveness and begin the process of letting go.

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This College appreciates the energy, enthusiasm, vision and generosity of its staff and students. They are to be seen every day in its corridors and classrooms. In particular, as I acknowledge these positive qualities I wish to underline the contribution they make to the task of creating a truly Christian community in this College.

St. Muredach’s is a Diocesan College and its students are being educated in a Catholic school. As such, all concerned with the College, Patron, Board of Management, Principal, staff and students have the task of growing into a sense of who we are as Christians, what we have to offer to society as a human being and how we can develop our talents in such a way as to create a better world for ourselves, our families and for the Ireland of tomorrow.

+ John Fleming.
Bishop of Killala

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