Local teacher attends Catholic World Congress in Education

November 30, 2015

A Religion teacher from Crossmaglen has had the prestigious honour of being part of an audience with Pope Francis after being invited to attend the Catholic World Congress on Catholic Education in Rome earlier this month.

Tiffany Liddy, a former St Joseph’s High School pupil,  has been living and teaching Religion in St. MIchael’s Catholic High School in Watford in the UK for the last 4 years.  Currently studying an MA in Catholic School Leadership, Tiffany was given the coveted opportunity to attend the Catholic World Congress at the invitation of her Course Director, who is a member of the World Congress for Education.

This year is a particularly special year for the Congregation for Catholic Education as it celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration Gravissimum Educationis and the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Apostolic Constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae. As part of these celebrations, the Congregation aims to re-energize the Church’s commitment to education, by means of the World Congress.

Taking place over four days, from the 18th to 21st of November, the Congress heard from experts from all over the world, giving a global view of the contribution that the Christian community can make to education. Those involved were also joined by representatives of Catholic schools and universities in Rome.

The opening and closing sessions took place in the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican with all participants gathering for the final session in the presence of the pontiff.

Speaking to The Examiner about her World Congress experience, Tiffany told us she is extremely proud to have represented her former school and home town of Crossmaglen.

“It’s such a privilege, coming from Crossmaglen, to be able to partake in something so massive and have some sort of input into Catholic education,” she said.

Tiffany credits her time in St. Joseph’s in Crossmaglen with providing her with a strong desire to achieve and the sound education necessary for her to succeed in teaching.

“Over the years I know the education I received at St Joseph’s has allowed me to come as far as I have so I feel it’s a massive achievement for both the school and myself to have been involved in the World Congress conference,” added Tiffany.

“Catholic education is all about the core and I came from a single parent family where I have been encouraged to go far with my education and that has really stood by me.

“The most amazing part of my experience at the congress was to be in the presence of the Holy Father Pope Francis in the audience hall for the closing session. He gave such an encouraging speech for educators all around the world and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it all.”