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Professional Society

A professional society of religious educators was established at the National Conference, Gathering at the Well, in May 2008. It is now 7 years old – an age in human life where significant changes become apparent. 

In a similar way the signs are there for the Professional Society to take on a new look and a new identity. The main changes you can look forward to are threefold:

  1. The periodical of the society will change name from The Well to Roots and Wings, following the name of the second National Conference in 2013.
  2. Roots and Wings will not appear in print, but will be sent to members electronically via email. It will also be available on the CIE website.
  3. There will, as a result, be no subscription fee.Here is some background to the society and what it offers.

Scroll down the page to the heading ROOTS &WINGS to download the periodical.


  • To organise religious educators in Catholic schools in South Africa
  • To expose religious educators to the wider perspectives of Religious Education in Africa and the world
  • To enrich religious educators through contact with key persons and developments in the field
  • To develop a robust and educationally sound and challenging discipline of Religious Education


  • Networking with other religious educators on a national basis
  • Being a focal point and voice for concerns in Religious Education in South Africa
  • Networking with other national and international bodies involved in Religious Education
  • Roots & Wings periodical five times per year
  • Opportunities for sharing personal resources 


  • FREE
  • Anyone with an interest in Religious Education

Download the 2017 membership form

Download the 2017 Newsletter


Religious education is an essential key learning area in all South African Catholic schools and given its significance to and for the Catholic school’s identity, mission and curriculum, the idea of specific teaching standards for this area needs some attention. 

You can test yourself in terms of standards developed through a research project  conducted among primary and secondary teachers in Catholic schools in parts of Australia.


Download the current edition of the periodical.

Vol 1 No 1          Vol 2 No 1        Vol 3 No 1

Vol 1 No 2          Vol 2 No 2        Vol 3 No 2

Vol 1 No 3          Vol 2 No 3        Vol 3 No 3

Vol 1 No 4          Vol 2 No 4

Vol 1 No 5          Vol 2 No 5


Download an article from a back issue of The Well.

Vol 5 No 1 Lighting the Way (Fr Joe Slattery)

Vol 5 No 2 Ten Ways to grow the reflective dimension of your RE (Lat Blaylock, RE Today)

Vol 5 No 3 Touching the Sacred (Mary McClure SND, Scotland)

Vol 6 No 1 Science's Loss was Religion's Gain - Graham Rossiter (Robert Tobias)

Vol 6 No 2 Agency and non-verbal communication in religious education (Brendan Hyde)

Vol 6 No 3 Meditation rediscovery (Johan van den Heever)

Vol 7 No 1 Theological Reflection: Is This for Me? (Andrea Dean)

Vol 7 No 2 The Power of Parables for Religious Education (Elizabeth Dowling)

Vol 7 No 3 From Biblical Dreams to Children's Dreams: A Challenge For Religious Educators in Catholic Schools (Brendan Hyde & Kate Adams)


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