As chaplain I provide a range of services to the staff and students of I.T. Tralee including pastoral care, personal support and faith development. I am a full time member of staff of the Institute and so can be contacted at all times of the year and at all hours. I have an open door policy throughout the year and welcome staff and students of all faiths or none. On request, Rev Joe Hardy of the Church of Ireland is also available to the community of the Institute.
As a member of ‘the student services support team’ in I.T. Tralee, I work alongside the Access Officer , Counsellor and College Nurse to offer whatever assistance might be needed in moments of difficulty for the students. However, chaplaincy is not simply about dealing with problem situations. It is also about creating an atmosphere to facilitate personal growth. It is about creating an opportunity for friendship to develop – bringing people together or, perhaps, breaking down barriers that separate us. It is also about giving people the confidence to discover their real worth and dignity, and harnessing their skills and talents. Above all, it is about service and care, and helping students make the most of the opportunities they have at this third level college.
In both the south and North campus, there is a ‘Quiet Room’ that is open to all in the Institute. It is a place for someone to reflect, pray or just to get some space for oneself. Mass is celebrated each morning of the working week in I.T. Tralee at 8:40 a.m. in one of these ‘Quiet Rooms’. Also, I have an office in both the South and North Campus and am always available to all in I.T. Tralee.