Council for Missions of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

This Council comes under the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs

Contact details

Ms Julieann Moran,
Executive Secretary 
Email: [email protected]

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Ms Julieann Moran, Executive Secretary

Episcopal membership:

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly (Chair)
Bishop Lawrence Duffy


The Episcopal Conference established the council to ‘foster evangelisation ad gentes, missionary animation and cooperation in their various forms, and to maintain relations with the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples and with the Episcopal Conference, in order to guarantee unity of action’ (CM 10). For greater unity and working efficiency in animation and cooperation and to avoid competition and repetition, Conference makes use of the National Mission Council. (CM 12).

Conference established the council in response to the Apostolic Letter of Paul VI, Ecclesiae Sanctae, 6 August 1966 in line with Ad Gentes (AG) 38 of Vatican Council II.


  • To develop missionary awareness in local dioceses
  • To promote the Pontifical Mission Societies in every diocese and safeguard the universal and missionary character of the Pontifical Mission Societies
  • To ensure a fair distribution of aid to the Young Churches
  • To see that all initiatives of missionary cooperation are promoted and harmoniously integrated
  • To support mission institutions in their proposing to young people a missionary vocation ad vitam
  • To direct the work of the National Mission Council on behalf of the episcopal conference

National Mission Council (NMC)

The National Mission Council plans, directs and reviews the main activities of missionary cooperation at the national level. It falls to the Council to put these same matters to the Conference, so that appropriate decisions may be taken (CM 12).

World Missions Ireland www.wmi.ie

World Missions Ireland, the new official working title for the Pontifical Mission Societies, rightly has the first place in missionary cooperation and should be recognised as the official organ for missionary cooperation of all the Churches and all Christians (AG 38). Promoted by bishops at diocesan and national level, the Pontifical Mission Societies depends on them within the limits of the Pontifical Mission Societies Statute. The Pontifical Mission Societies are the official Church institution to promote mission awareness and assist the missionary activity of the Church by prayer, offering of suffering and financial help. They seek to assist all the missions of the world, especially those in greatest need. Their main objective is the support of evangelisation in the strict sense. In Ireland, the Pontifical Mission Societies are administered from a national office in Dublin. The Office is located at 64 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6; email: [email protected].

Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland  www.amri.ie

The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) represents and promotes active collaboration between Religious Institutes, Societies of Apostolic Life and Lay Missionary Organisations.

It seeks to respond to existing and emerging realities both in Ireland and overseas by supporting and energising the life and ministries of its members and of the wider church with a renewed sense of hope and relevance.

By sharing the message and meaning of the Gospel, AMRI seeks to develop and promote religious, apostolic and missionary life as a vibrant, prophetic, organic and integral feature of the life of the Church.

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