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Mission Teams

Volunteering with Missio Ireland


An important part of our work is raising awareness of mission and the needs of missionaries overseas. We couldn’t do this without the volunteers on our local mission teams. Volunteering with Missio Ireland is a chance to work with, and meet, others who share your values and beliefs. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the work we do so you can share that knowledge with others. As a volunteer with Missio Ireland you can help us reach out in solidarity, and with hope, to other missionaries who are aiding struggling faith communities in their daily challenges.

"I witnessed how much our missionaries care for the poorest of the poor"

“I became a volunteer with Missio Ireland because I witnessed first-hand the extraordinary work done by our missionaries overseas as a member of the Westport – Aror Partnership in Kenya. I made frequent mission visits to Kenya over 30 years and it’s there that I witnessed how much our missionaries care for the poorest of the poor.”


Michael O’Donnell – Tuam

Our Mission Teams

Most dioceses in Ireland have a Mission Team, which is co-ordinated by a Diocesan Director for Mission. Our volunteers’ motivations for being on a Mission Team vary. Some have been on mission overseas, others have volunteered with aid agencies and organisations, whilst some simply wish to support the work of missionaries overseas through prayer and awareness raising in their parish.

What Mission Teams Do

In essence, our Mission Teams help promote mission awareness and the work of Missio Ireland in parishes across Ireland. Missio Ireland produce resources each year for Mission Teams to use in parishes, especially during the mission month of October and on World Mission Sunday.


Mission awareness can be done in very simple ways. Some of our Mission Teams have organised ‘Meet a Missionary’ coffee mornings, or a parish mission walk. Others have invited returned missionaries and volunteers who have worked overseas to speak in their parish, or they have held exhibitions on where local missionaries are serving overseas and the contribution they are making to transforming the lives of others.


Local primary and secondary schools have been invited to take part in projects highlighting the work of overseas missionaries and some have been encouraged to hold simple fundraisers for child-centred projects being supported by Missio.


Ultimately, each Mission Team finds different ways to highlight overseas mission and World Mission Sunday during the mission month of October.

How Often do Mission Teams Meet?

Most Mission teams meet approximately four times a year. Currently, this happens digitally by Zoom.

Get Involved or Get More Information

We’re always looking for more volunteers to join us. If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering with Missio Ireland, please contact us.


Call us on +353 (0)1 497 2035 or email [email protected]

"I feel that I am continuing my mission work by helping Missio Ireland"

“I have been drawn to help promote mission awareness with Missio Ireland because of my experience of working in Peru as a lay missionary which was challenging, fulfilling, and an adventure. Through my involvement with the Missio Mission Team in my diocese, I have encountered others who have a similar passion to myself and are now trying to integrate their mission experience into their life at home. I feel that I am continuing my mission work by helping Missio Ireland.”


Sylvia Thompson – Kerry

Different ways you can help

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Join a Mission Team to raise awareness of mission in your community.

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Donate today, become a regular supporter, or leave a life-giving gift in your Will.

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Use the power of prayer to support mission at home and overseas.