St. Finian's College,
Mullingar
Est. 1802
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(044) 934 8672 - (044) 934 8313
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Spiritual Development

As a Catholic School, Gospel values permeate our whole approach to education. We believe in helping our students to develop a personal and community spirituality appropriate to their age. Students of all religions and none are very welcome.

Our school Church is a place of quiet, where students and staff are welcome to reflect or for personal prayer.

Experience of different types of prayer (meditation, communal, reflection) are provided for classes. Students find quiet meditation particularly helpful.

We try to provide a Retreat for senior year groups each year.

We provide opportunities for different types of liturgical and sacramental celebrations – emphasising the particular seasons of the year (New School Year, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Graduations etc.). Students particularly like small group liturgies, which they themselves prepare.

We celebrate the Fest of our Patron St Finian on December 12th with a mass in the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Education in global awareness, human rights and social justice, and the Christian’s response to these issues is a major part of our school ethos.

Sacred Space

Our Church provides a space in the school to help us reflect, to pause and find God in our daily lives. Our Religion Department and students use our church during the different liturgical celebrations of the year.

We welcome time in our daily lives to find God in everything, we are reminded of his presence around us in these challenging times.

Prayer during the Covid 19 pandemic

The Coronavirus has come as a huge shock to us, and within a very short time, it has challenged our attitudes and behaviours radically.  During these uncertain times, we want to reassure you of our continued prayers for all our worldwide community.


In one sense, life continues as normal – and yet it’s not normal at all.  Should I take the bus? Can I go safely go out for a walk? Should I visit my neighbour or my friend? That cough I notice, could it be the virus? What of the children’s education? What if I lose my job? Are we going to have a recession? How long will this last? Will we ever get back to real normality again?

Sometimes, the anxiety surrounding the publicity is as contagious as the virus itself, spreading fear and nervousness among the community. In the developed world, in particular, we are in a state of shock. In many ways, we have come to believe that we are in control of our lives, that we have a cure for every disease, that we can fend off all the dangers that threaten our securities. We have built up solid walls to protect us against every unwanted guest, but now our walls have been breached, and the unwanted guest is here. Our securities no longer seem so secure, something in our world is out of our control, and many don’t know where to turn.

We hope and pray, that we will soon find a vaccine for this disease, and that it will be made widely available for everyone who needs it, rich or poor. But in the meantime, we can reflect on our shock. It’s a reminder to us that we are never in total control of our lives, that we can never eliminate every misfortune or heal every illness.  Ultimately, our trust has to be in something more solid than we can ever find here on earth. Ultimately, God alone is our security. ‘God is our refuge and our strength, a helper close at hand in times of distress’ (Ps.46:1). Trust Him.

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    Mullingar
    Est. 1802
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