The Role of Faith in Development Work

The role of faith-based organizations(FBOs) in development is frequently controversial in secular development organizations but both parties in the field want essentially the same thing – equity in the world and justice for the poor.

Address given by Fr. John K. Guiney SJ at the Faith in Development Conference, All Hallows College, Dublin, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM), Ireland.

The role of faith-based organizations (FBOs) in development is frequently controversial in secular development organizations. Both parties in the field are often hypercritical of one another, maintaining the higher moral ground rather than sharing the common ground of their work. It is vitally important that the dialogue continues since both groups want essentially the same thing – equity in the world and justice for the poor.

Memorial Fund Established

Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ died in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2009. For over 25 years he dedicated his life to Africa. The Eastern Africa Province of the Jesuits has established a Memorial Fund to honour this exceptional Irish missionary.

The Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ Memorial Fund

Background: For over twenty-five years, Fr. Cecil McGarry SJ spent his life working in Africa, dedicated initially to the training of African Jesuits, and then members of other religious congregations and laity to help address the needs of a vibrant and growing Church. His tireless efforts at Hekima College in Nairobi, Kenya have produced a generation of skilled leaders throughout the African continent.

Irish Jesuit dies in Kenya

Irish born Jesuit, Fr.Cecil McGarry, died in Nairobi on November 24th.2009. John K. Guiney attended his funeral and gave the homily at the Requiem Mass.
Cecil served Christ’s mission with all his heart, no half measures, and with a passion, perseverance, determination and love that gave outstanding witness to all around him, even to those who disagreed with him or opposed him.

JRS Annual Meeting

The European JRS Annual General Meeting 2009 took place in Clongowes Wood College, Ireland  from Oct. 27- 31st, 2009. The Theme of the meeting was “Pathways to Integration: A challenge in Principle, in Practice and in Policy”

John Guiney SJ gave the opening address.

Cead Mile Failte Roimh go leir (100 thousand welcomes). This is a traditional greeting of the Irish and I hope you experience that in some small way in Ireland during your stay here.

Jesuit Mission Offices meet in Liverpool

John Guiney and Martin Curry from the Irish Mission Office recently attended two meetings in the Jesuit Retreat House, Rainhill, Liverpool, aimed at enhancing co-operation and sharing between European Jesuit Mission Offices (MOs) and Jesuit Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs). They spent one day with other Western European MOs reflecting on their work over the last year.


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