Irish missionaries and development agencies have been involved, and there has been funding from the Irish Government and Irish people who have donated to the project. It involves planting 8000km of trees across 20 countries in Africa to combat desertification.
“With every contract signed, every meal provided and every diploma granted, Sr Orla Treacy advances the status of women and the cause of peace in South Sudan.”
“Now we are blessed that the Church in Nigeria is generously sending her missionaries back to us. It is a wonderful exchange ... and the reality of today is that in many ways Ireland is ripe for mission and new evangelisation.”
Report acknowledges the work of many organisations and bodies, including Irish missionaries, in promoting poverty eradication, justice and prosperity, defending human rights, and working in partnership and solidarity
A special liturgical reception was hosted at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin to formally welcome 60-year-old Nigerian, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the first African priest to hold the Church’s most senior diplomatic role in the State.
Sr Teresa McKeon of the St Joseph of Cluny congregation has been honoured by the President of Sierra Leone for her “dedicated and meritorious service to the state in the field of education and the development of women”.
“The missionary movement is firmly enshrined as a key part of our national heritage,” former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, writes in the Foreword of ‘The Legacy of Irish Missionaries Lives On’.
In the tradition of Mgr Hugh O'Flaherty they are “not walking away from conflict, but stepping towards it, to help the most vulnerable, at the time of their greatest need.”
"It is widely recognised that Irish missionaries led the way for much of what the Irish Government, through Irish Aid, is now doing in the area of development assistance."