The Des Places Educational Association
The Trustee body of Willow Park Junior School is ‘The Des Places Educational Association’ (D.E.A.).
The D.E.A, as a limited Company, was set up in 1999 by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, designated to act as Patron of the Holy Ghost schools and colleges in Ireland.
(Up to that time the official Patron was the Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit in Ireland, assisted by the Provincial Council).
The D.E.A. consists of two bodies, the Members of the Company and a Board of Directors. The Members of the Company are the Provincial Council of the Congregation, together with other co-opted Spiritans.
The affairs and business of the Company are managed by the Board of Directors, who are members of the Congregation and lay persons.
An Education Officer and Faith Development Officer are employed by the Board, subject to approval by the Members. The Chairman and all other Directors of the Board give of their time and expertise voluntarily.
The Memorandum and Articles of the Spiritan Educational Trust state the two main objects to which the Trust is committed.
- To ensure and foster the advancement of education.
- To further the aims and purposes of Roman Catholic education.
The Memorandum directs that these main objects are to be pursued in accordance with the ethos and educational philosophy of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit.
The ethos and educational philosophy of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit is therefore an integral part of the ethos and vision of the Trust. Moreover, since the Trust, by its main objects, is committed to the advancement of education in general and of Catholic education in particular, there are two further sources for its ethos and vision. The first is the ethos and tradition of the Irish education system; the second is the ethos and tradition of Roman Catholic education philosophy.
The Spiritan ethos is a particular expression of the Catholic ethos.
It is worth noting that "Catholic education" does not mean education for Catholics only. Spiritan schools and colleges in Ireland (and elsewhere) have always welcomed students of other religions. Parents are attracted by the caring and communal ethos of the schools which respects the religious beliefs of all students and bridges ethnic differences
Spiritan Schools in Ireland.
Spiritan schools under the trusteeship of SET include:
Willow Park Junior School
Willow Park 1st Year
St. Michael’s School
Holy Faith Community School
Seven Core Values
The Spiritan Schools in Ireland are a vibrant learning community consisting of over 5000 pupils and 700 Staff. Through the trusteeship of the Des Places Eduactional Association, the above listed schools share and foster a common ethos based on seven core values:
1. Openness to the Spirit.
2. A sense of Community.
3. Concern for the poor.
4. Commitment to Service.
5. Global Vision.
6. High Educational Standards.
7. Personal and Faith Development.
The offices of the D.E.A. are located on the Kimmage Manor campus and may be contacted via the link on this web-site.