President Michael D. Higgins paid tribute to Irish missionaries for their “selfless and often lifelong work” in disadvantaged communities around the world at the Misean Cara AGM in the Milltown Institute in Dublin.
“As President of Ireland I have been very proud to witness all that has been achieved across many decades by those Irish men and women who have dedicated themselves tirelessly to achieving better lives for the dispossessed and underprivileged, striving to enable them to realise their possibilities and play their own role in the creation of a fairer world,” President Higgins said.
“Irish missionaries continue to face new challenges in a rapidly changing world,” he said. “I am confident your missionary endeavour will continue to adapt to the need for new, integrated and culturally appropriate development which will support and enable the imagining and crafting of individual development pathways, for different peoples in differing contexts while preserving its core values; values which are inclusive of all humanity.”
Some 140 missionaries from Ireland, the UK, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Australia attended the AGM to discuss the improvements their work is having for the poor and marginalised, and to debate plans for the future.