The Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education (MDCCE) on the DCU St. Patrick’s Campus continues the mission and tradition of service to Catholic Education, broadly conceived, of the two Catholic Colleges of Education, St.Patrick’s College Drumcondra and Mater Dei Institute of Education that have been incorporated into Dublin City University (Oct 2016).
Within the DCU Institute of Education, the MDCCE seeks to ensure that teachers and other educators, graduating from DCU programmes, will have a deep appreciation of the Catholic understanding of the full development of the human person which informs every aspect of work in a Catholic setting.
The activity of the Catholic Centre will be complementary to the common programmes of the University, seeking to continue to promote the Catholic tradition of an integrated formation for those wishing to teach in Catholic schools.
Equally, those being educated as school chaplains and chaplains in other contexts, and those participating in formation programmes as deacons, parish pastoral workers or catechists will be supported by the MDCCE in engaging with and reflecting on their faith-based role.
The Centre will seek to facilitate and support Catholic Education in its variety, working collaboratively and generously with students and stakeholders from within its own community and with those of other traditions and beliefs.