What is the School of Holiness?

School of Holiness 

Est. Cavan, Ireland 2012

The School of Holiness began in Cavan, Ireland in June 2012.  It increased steadily in size and content each year.

After a one-year break due to relocation, we are delighted to resume School of Holiness this summer, running for a two-week period from July 8th – 21st. This year the school will be hosted in The Emmaus Center in Dublin and will be taught as before by the Direction for Our Times faculty. The Emmaus Center is just a 10-minute drive from Dublin airport, and we provide airport pick-up for all students for a safe, worry-free arrival. 

The School of Holiness will feature The Backpack Program as the primary curriculum resource. The Backpack teaches human wellbeing from psychological, social, and spiritual angles, all within the framework of the Roman Catholic faith. In an interactive learning environment students are taught how to have healthy relationships with God, with other people, and with themselves. Neuroscience and Scriptural teaching are combined to create a dynamic and contemporary curriculum in which students are encouraged to see themselves positively, as spiritual beings on a journey in the world.

Christian fellowship is a key component of the School of Holiness. Students come from many different corners of the world and socialising is a natural and integral part of the program. Mass and adoration are woven into the daily routine. We have scheduled a field trip and plenty of free time to ensure that students can take in as much of Ireland’s beautiful culture and landscape as possible. 


The School of Holiness is a relaxed, playful, and safe environment in which young people can learn about themselves and about their spirituality.


Visit our Testimonials page to find out what students have said about their SOH experience.

Per person cost: $1500 with an early bird special of $1250 before March 15th. 

Includes: bus transfers to and from the airport, 13 nights accommodation, 3 meals per day for two weeks, field trip expenses, and full tuition fees.

Please contact us if you or anyone you know would be interested in attending the School of Holiness 2018!

Please note that spaces are limited. We encourage you to make contact and apply right away: email annie@dfot.ie or call 708 496 9300.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Click here to apply!