April 2017

AMRI Executive

9 members of the AMRI Executive were elected on 7th March at the EGM in Emmaus Retreat Centre, Co. Dublin. They were Sr. Phyllis Behan, Sr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Br. Edmund Garvey, Fr. John Hennebry, Sr. Rita Kelly, Sr. Kathleen McGarvey, Fr. Tom O'Connor, Ms. Sally Roddy, and Fr. Marc Whelan. 

During their recent meetings in April, the Executive elected Fr. Marc Whelan as President and Sr. Phyllis Behan as Vice-President. Two additional members have also been co-opted to the team: Fr. Michael McCabe and Mr. John Denny.

The Executive will meet on 24th May for a "Think-In" day, to develop a strategic plan for AMRI and consider the mission and vision for the organisation into the future.

Clockwise from left: Ms. Sally Roddy, Fr. Tom O'Connor, Fr. John Hennebry, Fr. Marc Whelan, Mr. Shane Cowley (L&P Group), Sr. Phyllis Behan, Sr. Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sr. Liz Murphy (Secretary General), Br. Edmund Garvey, Ms. Nicola Keogh (L&P Group), Sr. Kathleen McGarvey, Sr. Rita Kelly.

UCD Skills Programme 2017


UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), in partnership with AMRI, facilitated a number of IT Skills Exchange workshops for returned missionaries during the months of February and March 2017 at the UCD campus.


On this course, 12 UCDVO volunteers who are preparing to travel to Tanzania to work on a computer education project, tutored 11 returned missionaries in IT skills.  In return, Missionaries shared their stories of working overseas to help the students prepare for their work in Tanzania.  Missionaries brushed up on their skills in the use of Mail Chimp, Dropbox, Powerpoint, social media and email, as well as getting the most out of their smart phones. 


Students also got an insight from the returned missionaries about the challenges of working in another culture, tips on how to cope, the importance of learning to engage with another culture and, of course, enjoying the experience there. The opportunity for mutual learning and exchange of skills was really beneficial to everyone.  Throughout the 5 training sessions a great bond was formed between students and missionaries.


On 30th March, the last day of the programme, a story-telling event took place at UCD campus, where missionaries told of their own personal journey which brought them to work in many different countries in Africa and South America.  A graduation ceremony followed with students presenting certificates to the missionaries on completion of their IT Skills Training Programme.


For more information on this and other programmes for returned missionaries, please contact Jim Farrell on 01-5310055 or jim.farrell@amri.ie.

UCD Grad
UCD Grad

UCDVO Volunteers and returned Missionaries at the Graduation of the UCD Skills Exchange Programme 2017.