Third Level Education

A number of Loreto Sisters are involved in 3rd level education in Ireland.

Elizabeth Cotter, IBVM, is the Director of Canon Law Programmes in Milltown Institute of Theology where she teaches Higher Diploma and Masters students. As well as providing formation and education for clerics, Milltown is most noted for providing access to the sacred sciences (theology, philosophy, scripture and canon law) to lay persons. Elizabeth organises a summer school in Canon Law each year which is open to all who wish to participate. Although Elizabeth’s doctoral dissertation is in the area of religious law, because of the approach taken at Saint Paul’s University, Ottawa, where she studied, she teaches all areas of the Code of Canon Law. She has written a number of articles and recently published her doctoral dissertation: The General Chapter in a Religious Institute with Particular Reference to IBVM Loreto Branch. Elizabeth also acts as extern examiner to Heythrop College in London. For more information on Milltown Institute see:

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, IBVM, teaches “Religion in the Second Level School” to the second and third year BA and B.Th students in St Patrick’s College, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. As many of the students plan to pursue a career in teaching on completion of their degrees, the lectures aim to cover the current Junior and Leaving Certificate programmes in Religious Education with accompanying teaching guidelines and methodology. Kathleen is also engaged in research for her studies which explore the links between Theology and Music.