Message from President: Mrs Anne Donaghy
President’s Report The National Council had four meetings during the year, all of which were well attended. During the year, our nine southern Dioceses raised €282,556 and our two northern Dioceses raised £512,060.
I would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the year, although I have a number of concerns; the lack of involvement of some dioceses particularly in the south and our failure to expand to every diocese in the country. This is particularly important as the number of requests, if we want to continue to see the progress missionaries have made in these countries both in improving quality of life, and their spreading of the Gospel.
Also, as we are approaching our 95th year of Apostolic Work an increasing number of our members are getting older, and it is becoming more and more difficult to recruit young people to join our organisation – would it be possible for us to raise more awareness for our work in schools? As many of you will be aware my six years of office is up in May;
I have thoroughly enjoyed my six years of being the National President, and I have met so many wonderful people and Priests during that time. I am so appreciative of the support which I have been given over the years, and I want to thank the council for their help and support throughout this time, and I wish to also like to extend thanks to the Bishops and priests for their continued guidance and help throughout the year; also, to the Diocesan Presidents for attending the meetings over the course of the year and for the encouragement they give to the members of branches in their dioceses.
Finally, a special thanks to the branch members who give up their time to attend meetings and arrange and attend fundraising events – they are the silent army. Wishing everyone all the best and God bless in the future. Project for 2017
Our chosen project for 2017 was water. It was agreed after careful consideration that Fr. Patrick Devine (SMA) would receive €7000, Sr. Mary Sweeney (St. Joseph of Cluny Sisters) would receive €7000, and Fr. John Dempsey (Comboni Missionary -, Uganda) would receive €2000.
The following Presidents offered to donate financial aid - Elphin for Fr Lazarus (Zambia), Killaloe to Fr. Guidance (Tanzania), Galway to Sr, Anne Finnety (Texas) and Kildare & Leighlin to Sr. Noreen McGrath (Cameroon)