Mass for returned missionaries and their benefactors followed by photographic exhibition

06 Oct 2017

  • The 2017 theme for Mission Month is ‘Reach Out and Spread the Joy’ 

You, or a representative, are invited to attend the celebration of Mass for returned missionaries and their benefactorsThe Mass, which will be followed by the hosting of a photographic exhibition, are part of a number of celebrations organised by World Missions Ireland to mark October as ‘Mission Month’.  The theme for Mission Month is ‘Reach Out and Spread the Joy’.  Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA will be the chief celebrant and preacher at the Mass.  Details:

Where Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare
When   Sunday 8 October 2017 at 2.00pm.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards
In attendance Irish missionaries who have ministered in Africa, Asia, South America,
Europe and Oceania; donors to World Missions Ireland and Sister
Elizabeth Murphy, general secretary of the Association of Missionaries
and Religious of Ireland
Photo opportunity Photographic exhibition showing 100 years of missionary work in Kenya



  • The photographic exhibition will be on view for those attending the Mass and it will highlight the work undertaken by Irish missionaries to Kenya over a period of 100 years (1916-2016).  This exhibition has been arranged by Mrs Brona O’Neill, wife of His Excellency Dr Vincent O’Neill, Ireland’s Ambassador to Kenya.
  • World Missions Ireland ( is part of Pope Francis’ official charity for overseas mission and it is responsible for coordinating resources and for distributing these equitably on the basis of need.  The twofold purpose of Mission Month is to raise awareness about the evangelising work of Irish missionaries abroad, and to raise funds to support their work. 
  • Archbishop O’Reilly is Archbishop of Cashel & Emly and chair of the Council for Missions of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.


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