AMRI Pilgrim to carry Irish Flag at World Youth Day in Lisbon

Ms Charlene Duff, travelling with the AMRI DCU young people’s group will carry the Irish flag at the opening ceremony of World Youth Day in Lisbon, at which Pope Francis will be present. The Pope has invited young people from all over the world to meet him in Lisbon. The theme for WYD is ‘Mary arose and went with haste’ (Luke 1:39). World Youth Day (WYD) takes place from 1-6 August 2023.

The Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) for the first time will lead a group of 40 young adults to WYD. This group comprises 10 nationalities, a combination of priests, religious sisters, missionaries studying and working in Ireland, and young adults from Dublin City University Inter-faith chaplaincy.

National pilgrimage coordinator, Mr Gerard Gallagher of AMRI says:

“It will be a very joyous occasion and a privilege to join with tens of thousands of young people from around the world to greet Pope Francis and be inspired by his deep faith and vision for peace, justice and care for our Earth.”

Read in full  AMRI WYD Press Release

AMRI calls for cooperation with Inquiry  into historical abuse in religious run schools

The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) calls for co-operation with the government’s scoping inquiry into revelations of historical sexual abuse in schools run by religious orders. To read in full use the link below

InquiryPress Release Final 09 March 2023

AMRI Executive expresses dismay at statement on blessing same-sex unions.

At its recent meeting, the Executive Council of AMRI expressed its deep dismay at some of the language and concepts used in the Response and Explanatory Note issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning the possibility or not of blessing same-sex unions.

AMRI Statement on same-sex unions

Submission from AMRI on new Lectionary Translation – June 2021

AMRI welcomes that the Irish Episcopal Conference is consulting widely on the translation of the new lectionary. The Lectionary for Mass is the liturgical volume from which God’s Word is proclaimed during the celebration of the Eucharist; so it is of central importance in the life of the Church. We welcome the opportunity to make this submission.

New Lectionary Translation

AMRI welcomes announcement of Synodal Path for the Catholic Church

The AMRI Executive wholeheartedly welcomes the announcement of a new Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland leading to the holding of a National Synodal Assembly within the next five years.

As a missionary organisation, we note that synod and mission are closely connected. Cardinal Mario Grech in his recent address to the Bishops of Ireland on Synodality highlights this, quoting the International Theological Commission, Synodality in the life and mission of the Church: “Making a synodal Church a reality is an indispensable precondition for a new missionary energy that will involve the entire People of God. Synodality is lived out in the Church in the service of mission.”  A synodal path then must be a way to reach out to those on the margins, to listen to their voices as they challenge and reveal Christ to us.

AMRI Statement on the Synodal Pathway

AMRI Statement of of Solidarity with the Religious of Myanmar – March 2021

The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) stand united with the people of Myanmar, who overwhelmingly voted for a democratic government at the November 2020 elections. We are shocked and saddened as we learn of all that is happening since February 1. We are deeply moved by and commend the courageous determination of the people, particularly the young, in defending their right to democratic values and principles.

AMRI Statement of Solidarity with the Religious of Myanmar

Dying with Dignity Bill  AMRI statement

March 2021

In this statement we, the Executive Council of the Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI), wish to contribute to the ongoing public conversation about the ethics of end-of-life care and the sensitive question of assisted dying raised by the Dying with Dignity Bill (2020).

AMRI Statement on Dying with Dignity Bill

Joint Statement for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse

February 2021

First Minister Arlene Foster, Junior Minister Declan Kearney, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop John McDowell, and representatives from Barnardo’s and the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) have met to discuss the remaining Hart recommendations for victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse.

Joint statement for victims and survivors of historical and institutional abuse

AMRI statement, Mother and Baby Homes

January 2021

The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) welcomes the publication of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report.

Mother and Baby Homes statement AMRI