All Hallows College

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This article is about All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. For Allhallows College in Dorset, England, see Allhallows College.
All Hallows College
Coláiste na Naomh Uile
Latin: Collegium Omnium Sanctorum pro Missionibus exteris
Motto Euntes Docete Omnes Gentes
Motto in English Go and teach all nations
Established 1842
Type Private Roman Catholic
Chairman Dermot McCarthy [1]
President Dr. Patrick McDevitt, C.M.
Students 700
Location Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland
53°22′15″N 6°14′58″W / 53.370886°N 6.249418°W / 53.370886; -6.249418Coordinates: 53°22′15″N 6°14′58″W / 53.370886°N 6.249418°W / 53.370886; -6.249418
Campus Suburban
Former names All Hallows Missionary College
Affiliations NCEA(1988-1999))
DCU (1999-)
Website www.allhallows.ie

All Hallows College is a college of higher education in Dublin. It was founded in 1842 and has been run by the Vincentians since 1892. On 23 May 2014, it was announced that it would wind down and eventually close. No timetable for this was given.[2]

History[edit]

The college was founded in 1842 by Reverend John Hand[3] and, since 1892, has been under the direction of Vincentians.[4]

By 1973 the college had trained 4000 priests[5] for England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, South America, South Africa, India, Canada, Australia, the West Indies, New Zealand, and the United States. All-Hallows alumni were the largest group of secular priests in California up to the late 1890s.[5]

The academic training for a priest took seven years, three were devoted to physics, mental philosophy, languages, and English literature; the remaining four years to sacred scripture, history, liturgy, canon law, sacred eloquence, and the science of theology.[6]

In autumn 1955, while on holiday in Ireland, Senator John F. Kennedy addressed students of All Hallows at the invitation of Fr. Joseph Leonard,[7] his speech referred to the suppression of religion in the Soviet bloc.[8]

In the 1960s, after the Second Vatican Council, the college began accepting women from religious orders and, also, all Lay Students, offering adult education, and certificates, degrees and diplomas in theology, humanities and pastoral studies.

In 1976 the Vincentian retreat and conferencing in St. Joseph's, Blackrock, moved to All Hallows, similarly in 1981 the Vincentian Mission Team moved to the College.

The BA degree, a four year programme in Theology with Philosophy, Psychology or Spirituality was validated by the Irish governments NCEA in 1988. In 1991 the Evening BA and MA by Research began, which was followed in 1993 by the taught MA programme.[9]

In 1999 the colleges degree programmes were validated by Dublin City University following on from NCEA. The undergraduate degrees based on subjects was recognised by the teaching council entitling graduates to teach in secondary schools in Ireland.[10]

In 2008 the college, as with the Mater Dei, and St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, became a college of Dublin City University.[11]

In 2012 the International Peace Bureau conference was held in All Hallows, where President Michael D. Higgins presented the Sean McBride Prize.[12]

Present[edit]

All Hallows College is home to programmes that provide students with the skills to promote fairness and equality in the workplace and in society: leadership and management in the pastoral arena, the community and voluntary sector and on all dialogue between public policy and social justice. Programmes are held in spirituality, supervisory practice and ecology and their application to questions and issues about the meaning of life that come up in work settings, therapeutic settings,family settings, relationships or in the context of social issues. The college enrolls 700 students.

The president of All Hallows College is Dr. Patrick McDevitt, C.M., a Vincentian priest, from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.[citation needed]

The college's main buildings are the historic Drumcondra House designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce for Marmaduke Coghill, Purcell House, O'Donnell house, and Senior house. The architect J. J. McCarthy extended the house and designed a college quadrangle, however only two sides were built. The college chapel was designed by George Ashlin in 1876, replacing an earlier chapel by McCarthy, the south side of the chapel is dominated by Evie Hone's stained glass window.[13]

The college offers joint major undergraduate degree courses (where the student's two subjects are both considered majors and are both able to be used as a basis for employment) in a combination of Theology and either Psychology, English Literature or Philosophy. These are offered under the Free Fees scheme that operates in Irish third-level education. Degree options are also available excluding Theology. In these instances, student apply directly to the college and pay full fees. The undergraduate degree courses are available to school leavers via the Dept. of Educations Central Applications Office (CAO), yet about 50% of first year students would be mature.[14]

The college offers postgraduate programmes in Social studies such as Social Justice and Public Policy, Management: Community and Voluntary Services, Leadership and Pastoral Care, Christian Spirituality, Supervisory Practice and Ecology and Religion. Most of these are taught courses have graduate certificate and diploma stages prior to MA stage. The college also offers research masters and doctoral studies. All of the masters and doctoral programmes are entitled to tax relief under the government scheme.[15]

All Hallows runs Adult and Community Learning courses.

As part of the reaction to the closure of the aerospace company in Dublin Airport under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) a tailored degree course was provided in All Hallows for some 70 former employees.[16]

Exchange Programmes[edit]

The college engages in the Erasmus student exchange programmes with Liverpool Hope University as well as Universities of Trier and Erfurt in Germany. All Hallows runs study abroad programmes with American universities such as De Paul University[17] in Chicago and St. John's University (New York)[18] both also founded by Vincentians. The college has also engaged in programmes with Webster University, St.Louis; University of Missouri and Regis University, Denver.

Facilities[edit]

The college has a dining room, student common room, computer room, the John Hand library and study facilities. Students can use the facilities in Dublin City University and its sister colleges. Students have access to online learning via moodle. An archive of the college is hosted on campus. The college has on-campus accommodation for visiting students and groups. The Purcell House building hosts seminars, conferences, and workshops.

A number of non-profit organisations and charities such as Volunteer Missionary Movement, Daughters of Charity[19] Education and Training Service,[20] Ruhama[21] (Supporting women affected by prostitution and human trafficking), Accord Catholic Marriage Counselling, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Console (Living with Suicide) are based on campus.

On campus there is a monument to Fr. Hand and a graveyard where he and a number of other former presidents, professors and students of the college are buried. Deceased former students and staff are commemorated by trees planted on the college grounds.

People associated with All Hallows[edit]

Along with the founder Fr. Hand, over the years a number of eminent people have taught at or been associated with All-Hallows Dr. Bartholomew Woodlock(became Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland), Dr. David Moriarty, Dr. Michael Flannery, Dr. Eugene O'Connell, Dr. George Conroy, Dr. James McDevitt, Dr. Sylvester Barry, Dr. Thomas A. Bennett, Monsignor James O'Brien(St. John's College, Sydney), and Dr. Patrick Delany (Hobart), have gone on to leading positions in the Catholic Church or other educational institutions. Two other noted professors at the college were the converts from Anglicanism Father Thomas Potter, and Mr. Henry Bedford MA.

The architect and designer of churches in Ireland James Joseph McCarthy was Professor of Ecclesiastical Architecture at the college.[22] Rev. David Moriarty became president following the death of Fr. Hand in 1846, other presidents have included Dr Woodlock, the carmelite Dr. Thomas A. Bennett D.D. O.C.C.(1803–1897), the Very Rev. Dr William Fortune (1834–1917), Rev. Thomas O'Donnell CM and more recently Fr. Kevin Rafferty CM and Mgr. Tom Lane CM(served from 1970–1982). Dr. Patrick McDevitt took over as president in 2011 from Fr. Mark Noonan C.M. (1996-2011).

Notable alumni[edit]

Presidents of All Hallows College[edit]

The term rector has also been used in the past for the head of the college.

  • Rev. John Hand (1842-1846)
  • Rev. David Moriarty DD (1846-1854)
  • Dr. Bartholomew Woodlock DD (1854-1861)
  • Rev. Thomas A. Bennett DD, OCC (1861-1866)
  • Dr. William Fortune (1866-1891)
  • Rev. James Moore (1892-1920)
  • Rev. Thomas O'Donnell CM (1920-19??)
  • Rev. William Purcell CM (1948-19??)
  • Rev. Thomas Fagan CM (19??-1970)
  • Mgr. Tom Lane CM (1970–1982)
  • Rev. Kevin Rafferty CM (1982-1995)
  • Rev. Mark Noonan CM (1996-2011)
  • Dr. Patrick McDevitt CM PhD (2011–Present)[7]

Buildings[edit]

  • Drumcondra House - original Georgian house which the college was built around.
  • Purcell House - Conference Centre and Oratory.[23]
  • O'Donnell House
  • Woodlock Hall
  • John Hand Library
  • Senior House
  • College Chapel

College Winding Down[edit]

On the 23rd of May 2014, it was announced that the College activities would be winding down due to financial difficulties, these were brought to the fore following a fundraising effort which included the sale of letters from Jackie Kennedy was cancelled.[24] The College is not in receipt of direct state funding, and was capped at how many students it could accept on the Irish governments free fees scheme.[25] Despite the planned wind down this will effect academic programmes in the short term, but sabbatical course are running in 2014 and before and after Easter 2015.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chairman of All Hallows highlights social innovation by Pamela Duncan, The Irish Times, Friday, March 16, 2012.
  2. ^ Press Statement from All Hallows College regarding future of the College retrieved 23 May 2014
  3. ^ Life of Father Hand by Dr. James McDevitt(All Hallows), Dublin, 1885.
  4. ^ All Hallows Vincentians Website.
  5. ^ a b Irish priests in the United States: a vanishing subculture By William L. Smith.
  6. ^ All Hallows Catholic Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ a b Dublin’s All Hallows College now has American president - Old Kennedy connection revived as Jackie and JFK visited By Bernadetter Masterson, IrishCentral, 12 May 2012.
  8. ^ The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings by Thomas Maier Page 227.
  9. ^ All Hallows: From a Seminary to an Institute for Mission and Ministry by Kevin Rafferty CM, Colloque Vol. 32., Vincentians Ireland
  10. ^ Degrees Recognised by the Teaching Council for the Purpose of Post Primary Teaching
  11. ^ Speech by the Taoiseach, Mr. Bertie Ahern, T.D., at the signing of a new linkage agreement and revised linkage agreements between All Hallows College, St. Patrick's College, the Mater Dei Institute and the Governing Authority of Dublin City University on Monday, 4 February, 2008 at 3.30pm
  12. ^ International Peace Bureau to Award 2012 Sean McBride peace prize to Nawal El Sadaawi and Lina Ben Mehenni
  13. ^ All Hallows, Drumcondra - J.J. McCarthy
  14. ^ All Hallows - Mature Students Directory UCD Website
  15. ^ Postgraduate Courses eligible for tax relief All Hallows Revenue Commissioners of Ireland.
  16. ^ Minister Quinn guarantees funds for ex- SRT staff by Fergal Maddock, Fingal Independent, Wednesday July 27, 2011
  17. ^ SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE - All Hallows, Dublin, Ireland De Paul University.
  18. ^ Ireland Study Abroad St. John's University.
  19. ^ Daughters of Charity Website.
  20. ^ Courses Daughters of Charity Education and Training Services Website.
  21. ^ Ruhama Official Website.
  22. ^ James Joseph McCarthy Dictionary of Irish Architects
  23. ^ Purcell House Conference Center and Accommodation Official Website.
  24. ^ Cancelled auction played role in All Hallows College closure www.rte.ie, 23 May 2014.
  25. ^ Closure of All Hallows is a loss to the third level education as well as to the Church by Breda O'Brien, Opinion, Irish Times, Saturday 31 May 2014.