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CIT Chaplaincy

Word of Welcome

Chaplaincy is a dynamic presence at the Cork Institute of Technology recognising and responding to the pastoral and spiritual needs of students and staff.

An "Open Door" policy exists to enable students to feel welcome and to seek support, especially in times of distress, illness and bereavement. Chaplaincy/Student Support team work in close co-operation with the student support services in the college campus.

The Chaplaincy offices are located at the Bishopstown Campus on D-Corridor (D151) and on the 1st Floor Balcony Corridor of the Student Centre, and are open daily from 8.30am-5.00pm. You can be assured that if you are experiencing stress or pressure of any nature during your time at college that we are here for you. Issues of concern can be discussed in complete confidence.

The Student Support Team comprises a group of graduate students and work alongside a full-time professional Pastoral Care Team. While maintaining a College wide presence and perspective they:
• Invite students and staff to liturgical celebrations, retreats and to opportunities for spiritual nourishment and expression;
• Provide a range of Community Building Projects including: an Information Desk, a weekly Institute newsletter (What’s On) and organise charity events
• Respond to, intervene and are present at times of trauma, crisis, illness and bereavement;
• Offer a pastoral counselling bridge to, and support for professional counselling;

Sacred Space on Campus

The Chapel/Prayer Room (Room D155). Mass is celebrated here Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8.40 am during the academic year. The Chapel/Prayer Room is open all day and is a place for reflection or if you just want to get away and give yourself space in a peaceful environment –why not drop in? Please feel free to come here and reflect peacefully. 

The Information Desk 

T: 021-4326401

Open House

Phone 021-4346244 [Night /Emergency Contact Number 087 2894119]

The Open House is located just around the corner from the Bishopstown Campus at 3 Elton Lawn - The Student Support Team lives there during college term and students are welcome to call around. During the year different social nights are organised by the Student Support Team and held at the Open House. Details of the various events are advertised in the weekly newsletter "What's On" and at the Info Desk on the main corridor.

The Information Desk

Phone 021-4326401

The 'Info Desk' as it is better known, which is located at the top of the canteen, is staffed by the Student Support Team and open from 8.30am to 4.30pm. This central location proves to be a popular resource centre and a meeting place for the students of the Institute. A comprehensive service is provided which is capable of dealing with a broad spectrum of inquiries ranging from "Where/What/Who/When is...? (questions), bus timetables, passport and Driving License forms to name but a few.

"What's On"

The "What's On" booklet is a weekly guide to what's on in the Institute for students to get involved in. It is available from the Info Desk each Monday morning.

Prayer/ Reflection

Patience is the most beautiful prayer' (Indian Proverb)

  • Let nothing ever disturb you,
  • Nothing affright you;
  • All things are passing,
  • God never changes.
  • Patient endurance
  • Attains to all things;
  • Who God possesses
  • In nothing is wanting:
  • Alone God suffices. (St. Teresa of Avila)

'Prayers go up and blessings come down' (Yiddish Proverb)

The Chaplaincy Logo

A fingerprint forms the core image or motif of the logo. The fingerprint is representative of the individual student. Their uniqueness as people, and of their problems. The fingerprint is constructed with independent lines, that when viewed collectively actually make-up the fingerprint. These are the various departments, organisations and groups that together form the community of C.I.T, which directly and indirectly influence and change individual students. At the centre of the fingerprint motif is a fish. This was the initial symbol of Christianity. It underlines the spirituality associated with, and emanating from CSS. The motif is linked to the text through the letter 'l'. The ascender of this letter is extended to meet the fingerprint, thus creating a new image - a tree- representing nurturing and growth.

This profound trinity of symbols within symbols illustrates the multifaceted tasks CSS undertakes on a daily basis.