Emigrants

Council for Emigrants of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

This Council comes under the Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care

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Contact details

Brian Hanley is the Emigrant Officer and Bernie Martin is the Administrator
Columba Centre, Maynooth
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)1 505 3155 Fax: +353 (0)1 601 6401
Email: emigrants@iecon.ie

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Membership of the Council

Rev Paul Byrne OMI
Rev Gerry French SSC
Rev Alan Hilliard
Sr Marianne O’Connor OSU

Episcopal membership:

Bishop John Kirby
Bishop Denis Brennan
Bishop Ray Browne

About

The Council for Emigrants (formerly Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants IECE) is the response of the Episcopal Conference to the needs of Irish emigrants prior to and following departure. It shows the caring face of the Church and is particularly committed to the needs of the vulnerable involuntary emigrant. It is a significant voice on behalf of emigrants – condemning involuntary emigration and seeking rights and adequate services for them. It provides services for potential emigrants and, in conjunction with the host church responds to the needs of the Irish as an immigrant community.History of the IECE.

The plight of Irish emigrants in Britain was brought to the attention of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid in the mid 1950’s by a group of Columban priests working in Manchester. Following their appeal and the obvious need the Irish Bishops’ Conference asked that priests be released to minister to this wave of Irish Emigrants. Initially the work involved celebrating the Sacraments, however more and more attention was paid to the living and working conditions of these emigrants, many of whom were on the verge of destitution. The response was formalised by the Irish Bishops’ Conference in 1957 when it set up the Irish Chaplaincy Scheme in Britain. This response was replicated in the United States in the mid eighties when large numbers of young Irish left Ireland in the hope of a better and brighter future there.

Work

  • To express the concern and care of the Irish Church for the spiritual and temporal needs of Irish people overseas in partnership with the local Church
  • To research the on going needs of Irish emigrants and keep them before the Irish Church
  • To develop and initiate services which will give practical expression to these concerns
  • To liaise with national and international bodies dealing with migrants and refugees

Centres

Irish Apostolate USAwww.usairish.org

Irish Chaplaincy in Britain
Mr Eugene Dugan
50-52 Camden Square
London NW1 9 XB
Tel: +44 (0)207 482 5528
Email: info@irishchaplaincy.org.uk
Web: www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk

Irish Chaplaincy Australia
Rev Tom Devereux
Parish of St. Patrick’s
2 Wellington Street
Bondi
NSW 2026
Tel: +61 (0)2 936 51195
Email: stpatbon@bigpond.net.au

Irish Chaplaincy in Paris
Fr Dwayne Gavin
Collège des Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais
75005 Paris
Tel: 00 33 1 58 52 10 89
Email: info@irishchaplaincyparis.fr
Web: www.irishchaplaincyparis.fr/

Useful Contacts

The Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers is a national umbrella group for Irish immigration centres in the United States: www.ciic-usa.org

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