Board of Directors

Missio Ireland’s Board is voluntary and independent. Its members oversee governance, budgets, and strategies.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, SMA (Chair)

Kieran O’Reilly, SMA, is the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. He is the Chairman of the National Mission Council of the Irish Episcopal Conference and is the former Superior General of the Society of African Missions. Archbishop Kieran has served as a missionary in Nigeria and Liberia.

Mr. Niall Kennedy, KCSG (Secretary)

Niall Kennedy, a retired businessman, was a Supreme Knight of the Knights of St. Columbanus and an honorary Life President of FIHC Unum Omnes. Secretary General of the International Alliance of Catholic Knights, Niall is also the Chairman of

Fr John Greene

John Greene is a priest of the Dublin Archdiocese; he has served in many city and country parishes of the Archdiocese. He has also worked as a missionary priest in Chile for many years, as a priest associate of the Columban Fathers. He is presently living in Glendalough, serving the parishes of Glendalough and Roundwood

Sr. Elizabeth (Liz) Murphy

A Sister of Mercy, Sr Liz holds a Ph.D. in psychology. An educator and researcher, she was the Provincial Leader of her congregation and Secretary General of the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI). Qualified in the areas of governance and charity regulations, Sr Liz also serves on a number of national boards.

Mr. Seamus McDonald, KSG

A retired school principal, Seamus coordinates sacramental catechesis for children within his parish and assists with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). He was a member of the Council for Pastoral Renewal and Adult Faith Development of the Irish Bishops’ Conference and is currently the Secretary General of the International Council for Catholic Men (Unum Omnes).

Ms. Shauna Rose Pickering

Head of Religious Studies in St Louis Ballymena, Shauna Rose Pickering comes from a strong background of evangelisation and working with young people both at home and overseas. She is a former vice-chairperson of Friends of Africa and has been on mission in Africa and South America with several missionary congregations from Ireland.

Fr Timothy Lehane SVD

A Divine Word Missionary, Tim was a missionary in Ecuador for 25 years, where he worked in parish and prison ministries. As a Religious, he was Formator and Provincial Leader as well as being National Director of the PMS and organising the Third All-American Missionary Congress (CAM 3) in 2008 . He then moved to Rome when he became Secretary General of the Propagation of the Faith at the Vatican until 2013. On his return to Ireland, he again became Provincial Leader of the Irish-British Province of his congregation and he was recently elected President of the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI).

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