Sr Marianne O’Connor, the outgoing Director-General of CORI, reflects on recent changes and the way forward for religious life.
The purpose of the Conference is to serve the leaders and through them the members of Religious Congregations. It provides a forum where religious can work together in the mission they hold in common.
The Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) came about through the amalgamation of the two conferences of men and women in 1983.
To-day it has a membership of 136 Religious Congregations that through its leadership represents in excess of 9,000 men and women religious across the island of Ireland, north and south. As many of these congregations have members across all continents, CORI has the capacity to network across the globe.
The mission of CORI is that of Jesus who was sent into the world and who calls and sends us in turn (John 20:21).
The supreme decision making body of the Conference is the Annual General Assembly. A fifteen-member Executive is elected from among the members at the AGA and hold office for two years. The President and Vice President are elected from among the Executive. The current President is Sr Conchita McDonnell mshr and the Vice President is Fr Jim Noonan ocd.
CORI serves its members through a general secretariat and directors of: Education, Healthcare, Northern Ireland and also through a number of committees; Religious Life, Communications, Justice and Finance.
Our mission within CORI is especially concerned for the development and quality of religious life in a changing world.
We endeavour to show this concern through by engaging in and facilitating ongoing reflection on the critical issues that touch the heart of Religious Life today.
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