Fiona McNally

For me, one of the most outstanding features of St. Patrick’s College has to be its strong intellectual community of learners and gifted lecturers, who not only know their students, but know their material, and teach it well.

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My overall experience of the Higher Diploma in Theological Studies was thoroughly enjoyable and engaging. Not even the 20,000 kilometres of mileage I clocked up over the course of a busy nine months, or even the fact that I was a part-time student who only occupied the college corridors and lecture halls two evenings a week, could exclude me from having one of the most enriching, insightful and intellectually challenging experiences of my life.

For me, one of the most outstanding features of St. Patrick’s College has to be its strong intellectual community of learners and gifted lecturers, who not only know their students, but know their material, and teach it well. It was refreshing to listen to such passionate lecturers who struck an excellent balance between encouraging student discussions and sharing their own knowledge and applying it to real-life scenarios. I was always impressed by the lecturer who would draw diagrams to illustrate a specific point – those diagrams inspired my learning more than any other technology.

My theological journey to completion was also accelerated by the countless resources in the library; an outstanding course-coordinator and administrative team who leave no stone unturned when it comes to supporting students; and not forgetting the delightful cups of caffeine sipped and savoured between lectures, offered another dialogue of theological exchange – making it an invaluable student learning resource.

With all that said, I am extremely grateful to St. Patrick’s College and its dedicated faculty members for providing me, not only with a sterling qualification in Religious Education that certainly helped me secure a twenty-two-hour teaching post this year, but for giving me the opportunity to step into a world where one does not simply read theology, but experiences theology in the doing, and in the simple everyday actions and occurrences in our lives.

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