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[quote]Bless all those who have left our country and now live in other lands.
Give them a strong faith so that they will always put their trust in you and make you known by the example of their lives.
Console those who are lonely because they are separated from those they love.
Help all missionaries who are working far from home to make your love known.
Bless our people overseas who are sick or in prison.
We pray for foreigners living in our country that they may experience our hospitality.
Grant your eternal welcome to our emigrants who have died and to all the dead. Amen
(Leckpatrick Parish, Derry Diocese)[/quote]

Council for Emigrants of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

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Contact details

Joanna Joyce  is the Emigrant Officer and Bernie Martin is the Administrator
Columba Centre, Maynooth
Co. Kildare
Tel: +353 (0)1 505 3155 Fax: +353 (0)1 601 6401

AboutThe Council for Emigrants (formerly Irish Episcopal Commission for Emigrants IECE) is the response of the Episcopal Conference to the needs of Irish emigrants prior to and following departure. It shows the caring face of the Church and is particularly committed to the needs of the vulnerable involuntary emigrant. It is a significant voice on behalf of emigrants – condemning involuntary emigration and seeking rights and adequate services for them. It provides services for potential emigrants and, in conjunction with the host church responds to the needs of the Irish as an immigrant community.History of the IECE.

The plight of Irish emigrants in Britain was brought to the attention of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid in the mid 1950’s by a group of Columban priests working in Manchester. Following their appeal and the obvious need the Irish Bishops’ Conference asked that priests be released to minister to this wave of Irish Emigrants. Initially the work involved celebrating the Sacraments, however more and more attention was paid to the living and working conditions of these emigrants, many of whom were on the verge of destitution. The response was formalised by the Irish Bishops’ Conference in 1957 when it set up the Irish Chaplaincy Scheme in Britain. This response was replicated in the United States in the mid eighties when large numbers of young Irish left Ireland in the hope of a better and brighter future there.


  • To express the concern and care of the Irish Church for the spiritual and temporal needs of Irish people overseas in partnership with the local Church
  • To research the on going needs of Irish emigrants and keep them before the Irish Church
  • To develop and initiate services which will give practical expression to these concerns
  • To liaise with national and international bodies dealing with migrants and refugees


Irish Apostolate

Irish Chaplaincy in Britain
Mr Eugene Dugan
50-52 Camden Square
London NW1 9 XB
Tel: +44 (0)207 482 5528

Irish Chaplaincy Australia
Rev Tom Devereux
Parish of St. Patrick’s
2 Wellington Street
NSW 2026
Tel: +61 (0)2 936 51195