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Ireland: centre of mission to 'give a voice to the voiceless'

Church Army has launched its first-ever Centre of Mission in the Republic of Ireland in partnership with the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry ...

Church Army has launched its first-ever Centre of Mission in the Republic of Ireland in partnership with the Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry.
 
The licensing of the Lead Community Evangelist of the Tuam Centre of Mission, Emma Bolster Rodrigues, was held last night at St Muredach’s Catholic Cathedral in the town of Ballina, County Mayo.
 
The event also saw the official launch of the Ballina Churches Together Project, an initiative in which four main Christian denominations will partner closely together to identify and address social justice issues in Ballina.
 
Irish-born Emma was previously working as a missionary in Brazil. The new centre will be based in the town of Ballina.
 
The Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, Patrick Rooke, said: “The Tuam Centre of Mission offers the diocese a wonderful opportunity to work together in partnership with Church Army and our ecumenical neighbours in Ballina, known locally as Ballina Churches Together.

“Under Emma’s leadership, I am confident that the centre will quickly become a source of outreach and spiritual support to those on the margins of the local community.”
 
Church Army Chief Executive, Mark Russell, said: “As an Irishman, I am delighted to be launching our very first Centre of Mission in the Republic of Ireland. We fully intend to engage with the local community, especially young people, and ‘give a voice to the voiceless’ to respond to the social justice needs, as identified by the Ballina Churches Together Report.”
 
PHOTO: (From left): Church Army National Operations Manager, Neville Willerton; Church Army Chief Executive, Mark Russell; Lead Evangelist for the Tuam Centre of Mission, Emma Bolster Rodrigues; the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, Patrick Rooke and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Killala, John Fleming.

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