Dublin City Interfaith Forum (DICF) calls for Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees on Eve of St Patrick’s Day
AMRI joined with members of the DCIF at the Mansion House to present a letter to Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr to remind ourselves of some of the tenets of the Dublin City Interfaith Charter as an act of solidarity with refugees and migrants.
To access a copy of the letter click HERE
To access the Interfaith Charter click HERE
Sheila Curran pictured beside Lord Mayor, Brendan Car, with members of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum
Flooding in Peru
Peru is in crisis. Intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding the worst seen in two decades in the country.
The death toll is at 72, eleven people missing, 560,000 people directly affected, 116,000 homes damaged, and up to one-fifth of the country’s road infrastructure damaged in some way. Initially, the worst of the flooding concentrated in the north of the country, particularly in Piura, Tumbes and Lambayeque but in recent days havoc has hit the city of Lima as the rivers Rímac, Huaycoloro, Lurín and Chillón burst their banks.
Devastation has also hit other places along the country’s coastal strip. Water supplies were cut in the majority of Lima’s districts because of the flooding of the Rímac. The reason for the flooding is unusually heavy rainfall along the western flank of the Andes, an area which is almost totally arid normally. The lack of vegetation binding the soil has caused huge landslides (huaycos) in the steep-sided valleys, with mud and water pouring into the watercourses and swelling the size of rivers that in normal times see but a trickle of water. Many believe this heavy rainfall to be a sign of climate change, caused by the impact of the warming of the Pacific waters due to the Niño weather phenomenon.
If you would like to help, please visit the website of the International Red Cross, to see how you can support the people of Peru.
Watch the video below to see the full extent of the damage.
AMRI stands in solidarity with the MRCI Justice for the Undocumented
Members of AMRI joined in an act of solidarity with the undocumented migrants at a candlelight vigil held at Central Bank in Dublin on 16th March, 2017. On the eve of St Patrick’s Day, as the Taoiseach was preparing to meet with President Trump in Washington, undocumented migrants living in Ireland read out a letter calling for a ‘path to papers’ for the undocumented of both communities. Sr Sheila Curran, the AMRI Justice Coordinator, was one of the speakers at this event.
A copy of the letter can be accessed HERE
AMRI Justice Desk Lenten Reflection Series
From 8-22 March, AMRI Justice Desk presented a series of Lenten Reflections on the type of fast that pleases God. Speakers were Margaret Daly-Denton, Sr. Sheila Curran and Brian Dooney.
The talks took place each week at the Mercy International Centre, 64 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 4.
Click HERE to see Sr. Sheila's presentation, and HERE to see Brian Dooney's reflections.
AMRI is officially formed at EGMs of CORI and IMU
On Tuesday 7th March, members of the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) and Irish Missionary Union (IMU) met at Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co Dublin, to vote and agree on the dissolution of these two organisations and the establishment of AMRI, the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI).
The business of the EGMs was interspersed with ritual, symbolising leaving behind the known past and looking forward to the unknown future. During the CORI EGM, participants were invited to bring forward a bowl of earth from different parts of the country, symbolising the rootedness of religious life in Ireland. At the IMU EGM, ewater from holy wells in all four provinces was brought forward, symbolising the water that had carried missionaries from Ireland to many different parts of the globe.
In the afternoon, when AMRI had officially been established, the earth and water were used to plant four different plants - daffodils for Spring, roses for Summer, dahlias for Autumn and holly for Winter - which will be cared for by the AMRI staff, signifying the commitment of the staff at AMRI to nurture and support the lives of religious and missionaries of Ireland.