The inaugural meeting of Cistercian College Board of Management took place January 16th 2014, The Board of Management is constituted under the Education Act 1998 and the board has adopted the Articles of Management for voluntary secondary schools. The Board of Management replaces the Board of Governors.
The Board of Management manages the College on behalf of the Abbot, Community and Trustees of Mount Saint Joseph Cistercian Abbey and is responsible for upholding the characteristic spirit of the College. The Board has ultimate responsibility for the management, control and direction of the College.
The President & Principal of the College, Mr Brendan Feehan is responsible for the day to day management of the College and acts as Secretary to the board. All correspondence to the board should be forwarded to Mr. Feehan. The present board’s term of office will expire on October 15th 2016.
The board comprises of 10 members; 5 appointed by the patron, 3 elected by College staff and 2 elected by parents:
Mr Frank Thompson, Chairperson
Fr Peter Garvey OCSO
Sr Luke Minogue SMMP
Mr Eddie O’Sullivan
Mr Tom Stokes
Mr John Delaney
Mr Adrian McIntyre
Ms Niamh O’Rourke
Mr Michael Keane
Mr Dan Treacy
Welcome to the CCR Website!
Cistercian College is a 7-day boarding school for boys situated in the grounds of Mount St Joseph Abbey, a Cistercian monastery 4km west of the town of Roscrea. Our College has the distinction of being the only school in the world run by Cistercian (Trappist) monks and we have a long and proud tradition of educating boys and preparing them to be hard-working young men of integrity who are resilient, motivated, empathetic and conscientious in their pursuit of excellence and who will be inspiring contributors to society.
The Cistercian monks follow the Rule of St Benedict and as a monastic school Cistercian College seeks to cultivate and impart some of the core monastic values in its students and staff as, in the words of our mission statement, we ‘live and pray, study and play and seek the truth in harmony and mutual responsibility’ which we do in the shadow of the monastery and alongside the living monastic tradition.
School life at CCR is guided by that principle of St Benedict who tells the abbot that the monastic life should be so organised ‘that the strong have something to strive for and the weak are not discouraged’. We aim to apply to this principle to all areas of the College, in the classroom, on the sports field and in music, debating and drama. We recognise that all students have different gifts, talents and abilities, and we strive to help each one be the very best that he can be.
Building on over a century of tradition and experience, the College facilities have been constantly renewed and updated, to create a welcoming and safe environment in which students and staff form a stable and secure community.
CCR’s vibrant sporting, debating and musical traditions compliment the stimulating academic programme. Today, the College continues its education tradition as a partnership between Staff and Students, Trustees, Board and Parents.
We have exciting plans for the future development of the College which you can read about here. I hope you will find our website helpful. We are always delighted to meet past pupils and their families and welcome them to the College. Equally we will be happy to welcome prospective students and their families to the College and show you around the campus and answer any questions you may have.
Mr. Brendan Feehan