• Fr. Oscar Sanchez L.C.
    Was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and joined the Legion of Christ in 1996.

Fr. Oscar Sánchez, LC

Fr. Oscar Sánchez, LC was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and joined the Legion of Christ in 1996, after almost ten years of active life in ECYD and Regnum Christi. Prior to starting his

formation as a Legionary, he obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering and then served for one year as a Regnum Christi voluntary missionary in Monterrey, México. He was ordained a priest in 2007.

Throughout his years of ministry in North America and various European countries, he has developed an ample experience in many fields of apostolate: administration, teaching, founding and managing new schools, family counseling, evangelization missions, spiritual retreats, youth counseling and chaplaincy. Among the various missions, he worked in Dublin Oak from 1999 to 2002 and was a member of the General Managementof all the Oak International academies from 2002 to 2005. He was the territorial administrator for the Legionaries of Christ in Spain and other European countries from 2005 to2015. He recently finished his commission as territorial administrator in Chile.

Fr. Oscar is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian. He has extensive experience in working with Catholic and educational organizations in a service- oriented environment. He is skilled in pastoral guidance, administration and finances, strategic planning, public speaking, counseling, and has a broad experience in change management.


  • Mr. Robert Pattison
    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.



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. 

Academic Staff 2.0

  • Miss. Blake
    Science, Geography and EFL teacher
  • Mr. Devoy
    IT and Mathematics teacher
  • Mr. Santos
    Mathematics, Science and Spanish, and ReadingPlus teacher
  • Mr. McShane
    Head soccer coach and EFL teacher.



          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.




  • Mr. Manuel Lopez
    Section 1
  • Mr. José Nieto
    Section 1
  • Mr. Marcelo Castro
    Section 1
  • Mr. José Briseño
    Section 2
  • Mr. Vincent Galla
    Section 2


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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