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The Covid-19 pandemic has become a monolith in our minds, spreading like a blanket over the entire globe. But its smothering embrace is not as uniform as we might think. Each country and region faces its own, unique challenges. I spoke to missionaries in Taiwan, Cambodia and Uganda about their experiences, which were a mix of the familiar and the strange
Religious Formation Ministry Programme Job Opportunity (June 2021)
Requires a TEAM MEMBER for August 2021 at Willow Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland. The Religious Formation Ministry Programme, under the auspices of AMRI has proved to be a challenging and life-giving programme for participants from many cultures. The programme, which takes place in a cross-cultural setting, has evolved over the last 39 years and has helped people prepare for roles in formation, leadership and transition to new ministries. We hope to start the 2021/2022 programme in October 2021. Being a Team Member is a challenging and rewarding experience for anyone with relevant aptitudes and experience. To download job specs and how to apply, please click here
May 2021 We need to Talk! A discussion around a National Voice for the laity within the Irish Church
This webinar was attended by over 100 people. It was an initial conversation that involved facilitated reflective and honest sharing in breakout rooms. The presentation was given by Shane Halpin (CEO Viatores Christi)
Organised by AMRI's Lay Mission Committee, this initiative seeks to bring the voices of lay people to the Synodal table, to envisage a more inclusive and flourishing Church in Ireland.
May 2021 Recent Webinar on The Experience of Religious Women in the Irish Church
AMRI recently held a seminar on the experience of Women Religious in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Facilitated by Maria Garvey, our morning together was an opportunity to hear, acknowledge and address the experiences of women religious in the Church in Ireland, both past and present as a way to look towards working together to become One Synodal Church where men and women work together as equal partners committed to healing, peace, unity and new life.
It was a worthwhile morning and we look forward to meeting again soon.....
Recent Webinar on 'Future Models of Good Governance
Thank you to those who attended AMRI’s recent webinar ‘Future Models of Good Governance’ that took place on Zoom, April 27th 2021. The presentations given by Fr. Aidan McGrath OFM, Fr. Brendan Coffey OSB and Nicola Keogh of L&P, Solicitor are available for viewing. To limit widespread circulation, please contact email@example.com to gain access to the video.
The Irish Episcopal Conference
The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland
Invite expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals and organisations
to conduct an independent
Strategic Review of Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Ireland
The review will include all aspects of Safeguarding and outreach to survivors of abuse. In this pre-tender stage applicants are asked to outline, with evidence as appropriate:
- Knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding, including: (a) services, (b) current research, and (c) best practice
- Previous experience of the evaluation of a major service of a similar nature
- Knowledge and understanding of support services for survivors of abuse
- Experience of working with voluntary organisations and statutory authorities
- Skills, experience and understanding in relation to strategic thinking, organisational change, management and governance
- Appreciation of the particular structures and ethos of the Catholic Church
- The ability to undertake service level reviews and evaluations
- Competence in relation to legal issues regarding Safeguarding and Data Protection in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Willingness to assist with the implementation of recommendations following the Review is desirable.
Criteria based on the above will be used to facilitate shortlisting of suitable applicants who will be invited to submit a more detailed tender proposal.
Applicants are asked to send a short submission of no more than 2 to 3 pages by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 21 April 2021.
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Religious Formation Ministry Programme
Sr Josephine Enenmo OLA has been appointed Director of AMRI’s Religious Formation Ministry programme (formerly Loreto House). The programme continues to be very much valued and appreciated by many congregations who wish to offer an international intercultural formation programme to their members.
Most students tend to come from Africa or Asia, with a few from other parts of the world, and Ireland is appreciated as a location.
The next Religious Formation Ministry Programme will commence in September 2021. This will depend on international travel restrictions etc. relating to the current Covid-19 Pandemic. The Team is currently accepting and processing applications. We will endeavour to keep all applicants up to date with travel and quarantine restrictions in Ireland.
Right: Fr Joe McGee and Sr Josephine Enenmo
Pope Francis will celebrate the International Day of Human Fraternity on Thursday, 4 February, in a virtual event hosted by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, with the participation of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmad Al-Tayyeb; Secretary General António Guterres of the United Nations; and other personalities.
On the same occasion, the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity, which is inspired by the Human Fraternity Document, will be awarded. The meeting and the award ceremony will be streamed in several languages starting at 14:30 (Rome time) - 13.30 (GMT time) - by Vatican News, the multimedia information portal of the Holy See, and broadcast by Vatican Media.
"This celebration responds to a clear call that Pope Francis has been making to all humanity to build a present of peace in the encounter with the other," stressed Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot MCCJ, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. "In October 2020, that invitation became even more vivid with the Encyclical Fratelli tutti. These meetings are a way to achieve true social friendship, as the Holy Father asks of us," he added. The date is no coincidence. On 4 February 2019, during an Apostolic Journey the Pope made to the United Arab Emirates, together with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (Cairo), Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, they signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together. The Pope and the Grand Imam spent almost half a year drafting this Document before announcing it together during such a historic visit. A few months later, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity was established to translate the aspirations of the Human Fraternity Document into sustained engagements and concrete actions to foster fraternity, solidarity, respect and mutual understanding. The Higher Committee is planning an Abrahamic Family House, with a synagogue, a church and a mosque, on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. It established an independent jury to receive nominations for the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity and choose winners whose work demonstrates a lifelong commitment to human fraternity. The 2021 prize will be awarded on 4 February.-
On 21 December 2020, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 4 February as International Day of Human Fraternity. "In this decisive phase of human history, we are at a crossroads: on the one hand, universal fraternity in which humanity rejoices, and on the other, an acute misery that will increase the suffering and deprivation of people," Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam, secretary general of the High Committee of Human Fraternity, underlined during his presentation of the encyclical Fratelli tutti on 4 October 2020.
Pope Francis has encouraged the Holy See to join in the celebration of International Human Fraternity Day under the leadership of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. In the January edition of the Pope's Video, “At the service of human fraternity,” the Holy Father highlights the importance of focusing on what is essential to the faith of all faiths: worship of God and love of neighbour. "Fraternity leads us to open ourselves to the Father of all and to see in the other a brother, a sister, to share life, or to support one another, to love, to know," Pope
Francis emphasises in the video.
About the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue was instituted in 1964 by Pope Paul VI with the aim of working on relations and dialogue between the Catholic Church and the faithful of other religions. It is currently chaired by Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot.
Among its main activities, it collaborates with bishops and Episcopal Conferences on matters related to interreligious dialogue; it holds meetings, visits and conferences with leaders of other religions; and it publishes various materials to promote dialogue between different faiths.
About the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity
The Higher Committee of Human Fraternity is made up of different international religious leaders, scholars and cultural leaders who were inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity and are dedicated to sharing its message of mutual understanding and peace.
Their main work is to act concretely according to the aspirations of the Document on Human Fraternity and to spread the values of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence. The Secretary General of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity is Judge Mohamed Mahmoud Abdel Salam.
Pontifical Council for Interreligious dialogue https://www.pcinterreligious.org/
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th - 25th January 2021
FOR THIS YEARS
Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (cf. Jn 15:5-9)
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 was prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp.1 The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17. Jesus said to the disciples, “abide in my love” (Jn 15:9). He abides in the love of the Father (Jn 15:10) and desires nothing other than to share this love with us: “I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father” (Jn 15:15b). Grafted into the vine, which is Jesus himself, the Father becomes our vinedresser who prunes us to make us grow. This describes what happens in prayer. The Father is the centre of our lives, who centres our lives. He prunes us and makes us whole, and whole human beings give glory to the Father.
Abiding in Christ is an inner attitude that takes root in us over time. It demands space to grow. It can be overtaken by the struggle for the necessities of life and it is threatened by the distractions, noise, activity and the challenges of life. In the turmoil of Europe in 1938, Geneviève Micheli, who would later become Mother Geneviève, the first mother of the community, wrote these lines which remain relevant today:
"We live in a time that is both troubling and magnificent, a dangerous time where nothing preserves the soul, where rapid and wholly human achievements seem to sweep beings away ... And I think that our civilization will die in this collective madness of noise and speed, where no being can think … We Christians, who know the full value of a spiritual life, have an immense responsibility and must realize it, unite and help each other create forces of calmness, refuges of peace, vital centres where the silence of people calls on the creative word of God. It is a question of life and death."
When we listen to Jesus his life flows through us. Jesus invites us to let his word abide in us (John 15:7) and then whatever we ask will be done for us. By his word we bear fruit. As persons, as a community, as the entire church, we wish to unite ourselves to Christ in order to keep his commandment of loving one another as He has loved us.