Fr. Raymundo Macías, LC. Director of Dublin Oak Academy

Fr. Raymundo Macías, is a Mexican Legionary of Christ born in Montreal, Canada. He entered the Formation Center for Consecrated Life of Regnum Christi in 1982. A year later he went to Madrid to study Law and work in the youth ministry in Barcelona afterwards. In 1988 he entered the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Salamanca, Spain where he studied Humanities. In 1990 he went to the Pontifical Atheneum Regina Apostolorum where he studied Philosophy and Theology. During those years he helped found Le Chatelard Academy in Switzerland and Highlands School in Sevilla, Spain. He was ordained a priest on December 24, 1997 and began his priestly ministry in France working in youth, family and vocational ministry. In 2008 he was named Director of the Andes Institute of Puebla, Mexico, to finally become the Director of Dublin Oak Academy, in Ireland in the summer 2014.



Fr. Joseph Fazio LCChaplain

Fr. Joseph is from New York City, USA.  After serving in the US Navy he joined the Legion in 1993.  His formation began in Connecticut, continued in Rome and he gained pastoral experiences as well in Mexico, Argentina and Switzerland.  Finally he was ordained in the Eternal City on the 24th of December of 2005 and thus began his priestly ministry in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Since then he has also carried out ministries in California, Louisiana and Indiana.  He has been in Dublin since 2015 when he was assigned as Superior of the Legionary Community and Vice Director of Dublin Oak Academy.
Br. Morgan Backstrom LCInstructor of formation
Br. Morgan is from Albertville, Minnesota, USA. He began his preparation for the priesthood in the Legion of Christ in 2003 and has been in New Hampshire for High School, French-speaking Canada for Novitiate, Connecticut for an Associate's Degree in Classical Humanities, Rome for a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy with a Diploma in Accompaniment (pastoral formation), and is now in Ireland
Br. Thomas White LCInstructor of formation
Br Thomas was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.  He joined the Legion of Christ's minor seminary in Indiana in 2005, where he did his high school.  In 2009, he joined the Novitiate in Cheshire, Connecticut.  There he received an associates degree in Classical Humanities.  In 2013, he moved to Rome where he earned a bachelors degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University Regina Apostolorum.  He has experience teaching English for the summer in Spain and southern Italy.  He is now working at the Academy as a dean of section 1. 


Robert Pattison, B.A., M.A., H. Dip. Ed.


After graduating from University College, Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts, Mr. Pattison studied for his Master of Arts at University College, Galway, and then returned to University College, Dublin to do his Higher Diploma in Education.

Registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland, Mr. Pattison has over 20 years’ experience teaching in Ireland and abroad, including the Middle East and Russia.

He has been 18 years with the academy, 12 in charge of academics, holding the position of General Prefect, Sports Coordinator and Coach at various times. He has taught English Literature, English Language, History, Classical Studies, Information Technology and Study Skills and still tries to spend as much time in the classroom as possible. He has overseen the introduction of the Junior Certificate, the Test of Interactive English and the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams.

He has been to the forefront in making Dublin Oak Academy a centre for excellence in the application of technology in education with a state-of-the art computer laboratory, data projectors in each classroom, each student using iPads as a primary learning tool, and Computer Game Design as a curricular subject.

He is married to Tomoko, a Maths teacher, and Principal of the Japanese School of Ireland, who has taught at Woodlands Academy on several occasions. They are the parents of three children.

Alison Blake B.A. (Mod) Hons; M. Sc.; H. Dip. Ed. Hons; CELTA

Ms. Blake has been teaching Science, Geography and EFL in the Academy since 1997. She qualified with an honours degree in Natural Sciences and a Masters in Environmental Science from Trinity College Dublin. After working as the National Coordinator of Coastwatch Europe Network, she did her teaching degree in Trinity and has taught since then. She possesses a Cambridge University Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA). Ms. Blake is an examiner of the Test of Interactive English.

Ms. Blake has travelled extensively, visiting countries such as Russia and New Zealand. She has taught EFL in Austria and Portugal and has also instructed sailing in Long Island, New York. 
Having sailed since the age of six, Ms. Blake is a very keen and competitive sailor and races keelboats regularly throughout the year. On various occasions she has sailed to England, France, Spain and Portugal. 

Eammon Devoy

Mr Devoy gave his first class in Dublin Oak Academy in September 1979. Since then he has participated in the development of the IT department and the establishment in the academy of the Junior Certificate Syllabus in Mathematics (along with many other changes over the years). Mr Devoy has a degree in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics from University College Dublin and his qualification in IT is from Trinity College Dublin. He has two grown up children. He enjoys reading, hill-walking, playing five-aside soccer and socialising.



Santos Celada

Santos Celada has a B.Ed.  specialising in Mathematics and Science with more than 30 years experience teaching Mathematics, Science and Spanish, and ReadingPlus.

Certification in teaching English as a Foreign Language.  He enjoys sports, travelling, reading and socialising with friends and family.


John McShane

John McShane has been working in the Academy since 2005 after qualifying from the University of Wales with a joint honours BA in Physical Education and German.
Mr.McShane works as a dean of students and is the head soccer coach in the Academy. He is also a UEFA ‘A’ qualified coach and the Leinster manager outside of the Academy. Mr. McShane does work with the very prestigious St. Joseph’s boys football club. Along with being a Physical Education Teacher, Dean and Soccer Coach, Mr. McShane also teaches EFL. He also recently qualified in EFL with a Distinction as an ACELS teacher recognised by the Department of Education in Ireland.He also coaches football to the girls in Woodlands
on Saturdays.



Mark Doran

After qualifying as a ‘UEFA B’ licensed soccer coach, Mark Doran worked as a professional coach in the United States for 3 years. Upon his return to Ireland in December 1998, and took up a soccer coaching role in Dublin Oak Academy. In 2000 Mr.Doran joined the staff on a full-time basis, taking up the role of professional Dean/Formator. His current role is as General Dean of Students, Sports Co-ordinator and Physical Education teacher. One part of his role involves managing and training the co-workers and he is also involved in most aspects of the student’s dailylives in the Academy. Mr.Doran has accompanied and led groups on numerous trips to England, Italy, Austria, Germany, France and Spain.






          Sam Benkoczy

     Szabolcs Benkoczy, husband of one, father of four, has been involved with youth ministry since      1996. After high school, he studied Bioethics in Rome and obtained a masters degree.

     He joined the Dublin Oak team in 2006 and has been involved with the students’ lives in many ways: from being section head through teaching Catholic Formation, from organizing trips and weekend outings through consoling boys in need to helping out with the IT department; he has been there and done that. 









          Robert Kennedy 

     Mr. Kennedy joined Dublin Oak Academy in September 2014. His background in health and safety and also his work in scouting Ireland for 30 years place him in a great position to help boys in Dublin  Oak as a dean.

     Mr. Kennedy has a number of awards from Fetac further training awards council at highest level 6  to include a few principles of supervisory management, first aid instructor and examiner training for trainers and teaching methods.







Mark Kennedy

Mr. Kennedy joined Dublin Oak Academy in September 2014. His background in health and safety and also his work in scouting Ireland for 30 years place him in a great position to help boys in Dublin  Oak as a night supervisor.

     Mr. Kennedy has a number of awards from Fetac further training awards council at highest level 6  to include a few principles of supervisory management, first aid instructor and examiner training for trainers and teaching methods.




Alison Hanley

I have been working as the Financial Accountant for Dublin Oak Academy since July 2008. I have a B.A in Accounting & Finance and I have been a member of the Association of Charted Certified Accountants since 2003. I also have a Higher Diploma in Education. I am married and have 3 sons. I enjoy playing the piano and roller skating with my children.
Mairead Waters
I have worked in Woodlands Academy since 2000 in various positions from Receptionist to Personal Accounts to some Facilities work and since September 2008 I have been working as an Accounts Assistant in both Dublin Oak and Woodlands Academies, mainly with responsibility for Accounts Payable. I am a qualified Secretary, Bookkeeper, Accounting Technician and Payroll Technician. I really enjoy working in the Academies and am thankful for the support of the Religious and Consecrated, who helped me through some bad times, especially recently when my husband died. Outside of work my main interest is horse riding which I do every day. I have two horses and show jump and hunt regularly. I have three
grown up children, two boys and one girl.
Jessica Masterson-Whelan
I joined the Dublin Oak team in October of 2006 as a Part-time evening receptionist. 6 years on my role has changed to full time Receptionist, Personal Accounts and looking after the running of our Oak Shop. I have qualifications in Secretarial duties. I am married and have
2 teenage children, a girl and a boy, whom I love spending all my free time with. As a family we enjoy trips to the cinema, bowling and taking day trips to the many beautiful counties of Ireland.


Joe Nutley
Role: Facilities Supervisor
Joe supervises a team of 8 people and manages the maintenance contracts. He joined Dublin Oak in 2007, having worked in Microsofts European headquarters Ireland for 5 yrs. Joe has vast experience working in the areas of air conditioning and plumbing.


Liam Connolly
Role: Maintenance and Cleaning
Liam maintains the club area/games room/science lab. Liam commenced working in Dublin Oak in 2005
Mark Scarff
Role: Maintenance and Bus Driver
Mark commenced working for Dublin Oak as the bus/coach driver in 2002, later moving into the Maintenance Dept but still working as a
driver part time.
Szilvia Kovacs
Role: Cleaning
Szilvia is responsible for the cleaning duties in the main school building.
Vilma Ruthauskiene
Role: Laundry
Vilma, originally worked in Woodlands Academy part-time in the laundry. She then moved to a full-time cleaning position in Dublin
Oak Academy and since 2010 has been responsible for the laundry in Dublin Oak Academy.
Alan Hogan
Role: Cleaning
Alan commenced employment in the Novitiate in Leopardstown in 1999 and moved to Dublin Oak more recently where he now does a part-
time cleaning job 
John Newbanks
Role: Cleaning
Johnny commenced employment at the Novitiate in Leopardstown in 1988 as a cleaner and moved to Dublin Oak on the completion of the new dormitory building on the school grounds

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