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