Anam Cara Educational Support

Anam Cara Educational Support is a creative ministry established by Frank and Sue McDermott following a change in direction from their full time roles in Catholic Education: Sue from her post as a Catholic school headteacher and Frank from his post as Director of Schools for the Diocese of Hallam.


N.B. PLEASE NOTE CHANGES FROM SEPTEMBER 2011.........see foot of this page.


This creative partnership has offered an experience of 'Anam Cara' or 'soul friendship' through days of reflection for school and parish communities,
sabbaticals for headteachers and long serving members of staff, school visits,
a range of professional development experiences and  one to one confidential professional and pastoral support.
The real essence of 'Anam Cara' has been to walk alongside colleagues in a spirit of positive and enthusiastic companionship, rooted in Christ.
Opportunities for Creative Support have included:-

Days of reflection, celebration and spiritual formation with a particular  

     emphasis on reviewing the school's mission statement


w Visits to Church schools with practical feedback to staff and governors,

      offering challenge, affirmation and celebration


w   Supporting and developing the prayer life of the school


w Exploring our Celtic Christian heritage through days of reflection and



w Creating school quiet gardens


w Nurturing parish, deanery, home and school links


w Assisting the Church school's contribution to the common good and social



w facilitating gentle days of pilgrimage, retreat and prayerful reflection for

      all staff



Supporting schools to develop appropriate responses to bereavement and

     loss among children and young people






From September 2011, the ministry of Anam Cara will be much more locally based as a result of some personal and health changes.


Sue is now Acting National Director of Rainbows Bereavement Support GB, a busy but exciting and important role which takes her all over Great Britain and indeed to Ireland. She can be contacted at


Frank will be much more home based in his ministry but will be keeping his writing and involvement with Encircling Publications going and his interest in the Quiet Garden in his own parish. He will also be continuing to encourage schools to take on Rainbows in his role as Trustee and aid to Sue ... in addition of course to being a husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend! He won't be wondering what to do!


Unfortunately he won't be leading any more courses, conferences, pilgrimages, sabbaticals or retreats apart from one day in October, one in November and the termly meetings in York for headteachers thinking about retiring.


Resources will still be available from Anam Cara or from Encircling Publications.


Frank may be contacted directly at  



With every best wish and in prayer


Frank and Sue


26th September 2011

Anam Cara Educational Support Ministry

                                                                                                                                                                                                 "no distinction between the sacred and the ordinary"