May 2017

Dublin City Interfaith Forum

Signing the Book of Condolence
DCIF round-table discussion at the Islamic Cultural Centre on 22 May

The Dublin City Interfaith Forum, of which AMRI is a member, participated in a number of activities during the last week of May. 


On 22 May, AMRI Justice Coordinator, Sheila Curran, participated in a round-table discussion on the value of delivering community actions and projects under the banner of the Dublin City Interfaith Charter, at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, Clonskeagh in Dublin.

This was an opportunity for the leaders of many of the faith communities in Dublin to reflect on common actions and projects highlighting Dublin’s faith communities commitment towards working together to create the necessary conditions for living together in peace, justice and solidarity.

On Thursday 25 May members of Dublin City Interfaith Forum came together in the Mansion House to sign the book of condolence and share a prayer for the victims of the terrorist attack that took place in Manchester on Monday 22 May.

Dublin City Interfaith Forum works with interested members of faith communities to deliver interfaith gatherings and activities in Dublin City. Recognising the diverse nature of the backgrounds of the residents of Dublin, DCIF seeks to provide the space and opportunity for Faith Communities to build relationships with and between Dublin City communities, statutory and voluntary organisations and the residents of Dublin City.

Participants of Loreto House RFM Programme visit AMRI​

On Wednesday, 17 May 2017, AMRI welcomed visitors from the Loreto House Religious Formation Ministry programme. A group of 18 staff and students spent the afternoon at the AMRI Office, speaking with staff about their work and discovering about religious life in Ireland.

Sr. Liz Murphy, Secretary General, led the group in ritual, focusing on the earth and the rootedness of each individual in their homeland, and the symbol of water and how it has carried religious and missionaries to various parts of the world. 

Participants on the programme come from many different parts of the world including Pakistan, Thailand, Philippines, South Africa, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Fiji. 

AMRI Justice Coordinator meets Monsignor Figueiredo from Rome

Conn MacGabhann, Research Coordinator, Council for Justice and Peace
L-R: Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, Sheila Curran (AMRI), and Conn MacGabhann, Research Coordinator, Council for Justice and Peace

On the 25th April Sheila Curran, AMRI Justice Coordinator, met with Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo, from the Refugees and Migrants section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in Rome to discuss the situation of migrants and refugees in Ireland and AMRI's response.  


The Migrant and Refugee Section within the Dicastery is under the direct jurisdiction of Pope Francis. It is an expression of Pope Francis' concern for three groups: those who are forcibly displaced by events such as conflict, natural disasters, persecution, extreme poverty and inhumane living conditions; those who are on their way or are in real difficulty when arriving at a destination; and those who are victims of trafficking and modern day slavery.  

ICDLN Annual Summer Conference

To read Pat O'Donovan's presentation at this conference, please click HERE

The Irish Catholic Doctors' Learning Network (ICDLN) will hold its third Annual Summer Conference on Saturday 20th May at Emmaus Retreat Centre, Swords, Co Dublin.


The title of this year's conference is Ethical Issues in Contemporary Medical Practice 2017


Topics include:     

1. The language of ethics as a framework for responsible patient-centred clinical decisions.

2. Principles of Palliative Care in Clinical Practice — A Neurologists perspective.

3. Abortion for Life-limiting Foetal Anomaly: exploring the ethical issues.

4. Human and Spiritual Dimensions of Contemporary Healthcare.

5. A Charter for Healthcare Workers: Maintaining an Ethos of Mutual Trust in an Increasingly Technological Environment.


An application for 5 CPD points has been made to the ICGP.

Online Registration is now open and closes on Wednesday 17th May


Participants are asked to register as early as possible please, as places are limited to 100 attendees. There are reduced rates for NCHDS, Health and Social Service Professionals, students, priests and religious.

See for more details

Africa Day 2017

This year Irish Aid will be hosting their flagship Africa Day family event on Sunday, 21st May 2017, from 11am to 6pm, in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The family-friendly event is FREE to attend.

The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more.

As well as Dublin, the event will take place in several venues around the country - Cork, Kildare, Limerick, Kilkenny and Galway. For more information see

AMRI (Northern Ireland) Conference
Read more and see photos of the event HERE
AMRI (Northern Ireland) is hosting a talk at the Tara Centre in Omagh on Sunday 14th May from 2pm to 5pm. The title of the talk, presented by Sr. Sheila Curran RSM, is Neighbour or Stranger?: A Christian Response to Forced Displacement in Our World.
Participants will be invited to reflect critically on this issue, develop a theological understanding and discuss practical approaches that will contribute to a more welcoming society.
The cost of the talk is £10 per person and all are welcome. See below for the location of the centre. 
Please contact Anne Kilroy to confirm your attendance at

Sr. Mary Johnson presents International Sisters in the United States

Sr. Mary Johnson will present her research on International Sisters in the United States in a special once-off presentation at the AMRI Offices on Wednesday 10th May at 3pm.  

Click HERE to read more details on the event.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Please email or call 01 53 100 55 if you would like to book a place. 

Read more and see photos of the event HERE

New Perspectives from Catholic Archives

The Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute UCD, presented a one-day event exploring new research being carried out in Catholic archives in Britain and Ireland. See HERE for more information or contact

AMRI (Cork), Day for Religious and AGM

AMRI (Cork) and the Diocese of Ross and Cloyne are hosted a day of reflection for religious of the dioceses of Cork and Cloyne, at the Ursuline Secondary School in Blackrock, Cork. 

The event took place on Sunday 7th May from 2.30pm to 5pm, and incorporated the business of the AGM. 

For more information please contact Sr. Bridget on 021 425 1100 or 021 427 6789.