St Mary’s University College Teaching Profession Project Transforming Learning and Teaching through Laudato Si’ 4.30 pm on Tuesday, 06 December 2022

St Mary’s University College is set to host the fifth in a series of free online seminars arising from its Teaching Profession Project (TPP).

Laudato Si’, an encyclical written by Pope Francis in 2015 has been described as a ‘love poem to the planet’.  The messages contained within are even more relevant than ever as we seek to address the ecological and social justice challenges facing us as individuals and communities, now and in the future. The seminar explores how Laudato Si’ is reinvigorating teaching and learning in many schools through an enriched ecological spirituality, pastoral care, the curriculum, and the school environment.

The panel is joined by Professor Peter Finn for a lively discussion on the encyclical and the role of educators in changing ‘heads, hearts and minds’.

For more information view: ‘The Letter: A message for our earth’, a documentary film released on 4 October 2022, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, in which Pope Francis participates.

You can join the free online seminar by clicking on the link to register:


Gerry Devlin
(Former Senior Education Officer at the GTCNI)

Mr Gerry Devlin retired last year after 42 years working in the education service as teacher, school vice principal and latterly as Senior Education Officer with the GTCNI. He was a member of the Leadership Competences Working Group. He is an active member of Pobal an Aifrinn in St Mary’s Church, Chapel Lane, Belfast.  He is a school governor and a member of Ephata Laudato Si’.

Anne Marie Duffy
(Former Director of Qualifications at CCEA)

Ms Anne Marie Duffy has over 40 years working within the education sector as teacher, Head of Geography, Professional Officer Education and most recently as Director of Qualifications CCEA.  She is currently a Non- Executive Director of Qualifications Wales and education advisor to the Consumer Council Northern Ireland.  She is a school governor and a member of Ephata Laudato Si’.

Carmel McCartan
(Former Principal at St Louise’s Comprehensive College)

Mrs Carmel McCartan worked in St Louise’s Comprehensive College for thirty-seven years as a teacher, Head of Geography, Vice Principal and Principal.  She is currently Chair of the Down and Connor Diocesan Education Committee.  She was a member of the Leadership Competences Working Group and has worked as a mentor to Trainee Head Teachers as well as a tutor on the Masters in Education in the University of Ulster.  She is a volunteer with Trócaire and a school governor.  She is a member of Ephata Laudato Si’.

Peter Finn
(Principal of St Mary’s University College)

Professor Peter Finn is the Principal of St Mary’s University College, a post he has held since 2008.