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Join us for a public learning event exploring missionary and faith-based approaches to development at 9.30am on Thursday 31 May 2018 in Wood Quay Venue, Dublin.

National and international speakers include Rick Van Der Woud from Mensen Met Een Missie in the Netherlands, Caitriona Dejean from Tearfund in the UK, Sr. Kate Nolan from the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and Seamus O’Leary from Misean Cara.

The Context

In recent years Misean Cara has been exploring what is distinctive about how missionary, faith-based actors approach development. A conceptual framework is beginning to emerge from these discussions. We would now like to share our reflections more broadly to advance the exploration further.

The Event

We have put together a panel of speakers who have a strong interest in the topic, and a lot to say about it. Join us on 31 May 2018 to hear some of the latest thinking on this highly relevant aspect of development practice. We will reflect on the approaches missionaries and faith-based actors take when engaging in development, learn from a number of different perspectives and experiences, and explore implications for wider development practice.


Thursday 31 May 2018
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin (click here for directions)
9.30am to 12.45pm (registration from 8.45am) followed by a light lunch

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Book Your Place Now

To register please email Seamus Collins at scollins@miseancara.ie


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The lived experience of mission.

Sr. Kate Nolan
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary.
Sr. Kate Nolan, RSHM, is a native of County Wexford. She first went to Brazil in 1980, and spent over 32 years working with marginalised communities in the cities of João Pessoa and Bayeux, and remote country areas in the state of Paraíba in the North-East of the country. Since 2013 she has been the Missionary Development Officer for the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and regularly visits projects in Brazil and Zimbabwe.

The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary is an international institute with sisters in thirteen countries on four continents.

Click here to visit the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary website.

Finding the interfaith connection in conflict resolution.

Rick Van Der Woud
Director, Mensen met een Missie.
Rick is Director at Mensen met een Missie, an organisation for international cooperation and solidarity. Before joining Mensen met een Missie Rick worked as a political adviser and negotiator in various arenas like the EU, UN, and in The Hague. Over the years he specialised in religious minorities policy, with a specific focus on Muslim minorities. Rick is member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Christian Democratic Party in the Netherlands.

The network of Mensen met een Missie extends to 13 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America where Mensen met een Missie work for peace and reconciliation.

Click here to visit the Mensen met een Missie website.

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The influence of faith on development work.

Catriona Dejean
Director of Strategy and Impact, Tearfund.
Catriona leads Tearfund’s impact, evaluation and effectiveness work and supports teams across the world. Prior to Tearfund Catriona worked for Social Enterprise London, a support agency providing advice to UK and international clients on developing social enterprise models, and embedding social impact frameworks. She has worked for World Vision on development programmes and strategy level, predominantly in Latin America.

Tearfund is a Christian charity working tirelessly to help communities around the world escape the very worst effects of poverty and disaster.

Click here to visit the Tearfund website.

The Missionary Approach to Development.

Seamus O’Leary
Learning & Development Manager, Misean Cara. 
Seamus has been involved in overseas development for many years. He previously worked with a Wexford-based charity providing support to Missionaries of Charity care centres in Eastern Europe. Seamus spent three years with the Columban Lay Mission Programme in Lahore, Pakistan and has worked with Trócaire as Asia Programme Officer and the Integration Centre on cultural diversity in Ireland.

Misean Cara is working to realise human rights through the delivery of basic services in the areas of education, health, livelihoods and income generation, as well as advocacy, networking and community mobilisation.

Click here to find out more about Misean Cara.

Photo caption: One of our many active members, School Principal Sister Orla Treacy talks with students at the Loreto Secondary School in Rumbek, South Sudan. The school is run by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the Loreto Sisters of Ireland. Photo by Paul Jeffrey, 2015.