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About Irish Jesuits International

Irish Jesuits International is the global development agency of the Irish Jesuit Province. We support poor and otherwise marginalised communities through our Jesuit partners in Africa, Asia and the Middle East through funding received from the Jesuit Province, the Irish State, and corporate and personal donors.

Previously known as Irish Jesuit Missions, our office has existed since 1945 when our work consisted of supporting the programmes of Irish Jesuits overseas. We changed our name in 2020, to reflect the fact that our development work now mostly involves funding and supporting programmes run by Jesuits and lay people from the countries in which they are based.

Currently, 10 Irish Jesuits live and work in communities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East: six are in Zambia-Malawi, one in Syria, two in Hong Kong and one in Japan. We remain committed to facilitating their work overseas and to being a point of contact in Ireland for them and their families.

Our Vision

Our vision is a just and humane world based on Gospel values and Ignatian Spirituality.

Our Mission

To support Jesuit works in the service of people who are marginalised, disadvantaged and living in poverty.

Our Strategy

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Our Impact

In the last year we’ve provided critical education, health, resilience and promoted human rights for 130,665 direct beneficiaries in Africa and Asia.

IJI impact in 2019
IJI missionaries around the globe

Our Missionaries

The accompaniment and support of Irish missionaries and Jesuit works abroad remain one of our key functions. There are currently 15 Irish Jesuits working in Africa and Asia.

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Our partners

We supported 28 partner organisations in the Global South in 2021. Each partner organisation is overseen by Development Offices of international Jesuit Provinces or by the Regional Country Offices of Jesuit Refugee Service.

Jesuit Development Offices that we work with include:
Southern Africa Province (focusing on Zambia & Malawi)
Eastern Africa Province
Cambodian Mission
China Province

Jesuit Refugee Service offices we work with include:
JRS East Africa
JRS Middle East and North Africa
JRS West Africa
JRS South Asia
JRS Ireland

As a member of the Xavier Network. we partner with 13 other Jesuit NGOs and Mission Offices in order to coordinate efforts and best practice.

Meet the Team

Director - John K. Guiney SJ
Director – John K. Guiney SJ

John spent more than 20 years working in the Jesuit Province of Eastern Africa. While there, he co-founded the Jesuit Hakimani Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, and held a post as Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Eastern Africa in addition to his formation, pastoral and administrative duties. He is also Global Coordinator of the Society of Jesus ‘Promotion of a Consistent Culture of Child Protection’ programme.

Operations Manager - Emer Kerrigan
Operations Manager – Emer Kerrigan

Emer has worked in the in the international development sector for two decades, in missionary, faith-based and secular NGOs. She coordinates the International Development Programme which includes accessing institutional donor funding and supporting our development partners overseas. She holds a Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Assistance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science.

Marketing and Communications Coordinator - Yanira Romero
Marketing and Communications Coordinator – Yanira Romero

Yanira has worked for IJM for more than a decade, leading the marketing and donor processes within IJM’s strategic plan. Her work includes design and updating newsletters, annual reports and the website, as well as providing IT support to the team. She holds a degree in Marketing in addition to qualifications in International Business and Digital Marketing.

Roving Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor - Tim Flynn
Roving Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor – Tim Flynn

Tim is based in Kenya and provides monitoring and evaluation support for our funded project partners. He has lived in East Africa since 1999 and has volunteered and worked with the Volunteer Missionary Movement (VMM) in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda including a year with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) at Radio Kwizera in Tanzania. His professional background is in business teaching, finance and administration.

Communications Officer - Martina Madden
Communications Officer – Martina Madden

Martina works with the team to achieve their communication objectives across a range of platforms and channels. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Communication, a primary degree in Social Sciences, and professional qualifications in Public Relations and Digital Marketing. Her background is in the Irish non-profit and social justice sector.

Receptionist - Rosaleen Kenny
Receptionist – Rosaleen Kenny

Rosaleen is the main contact person between Irish Jesuits overseas and the office. Her work includes providing an efficient, professional and friendly service in reception, administration, events planning, newsletter distribution, communications and logistics for the Director and assisting the IJI team as required.

Receptionist – Amanda Bermingham
Receptionist – Amanda Bermingham

Amanda works in reception and administrative support and is a primary point of contact for visitors and phone calls. She plays a key role in coordinating IJI events and in processing donations. She is IJI’s Health and Safety representative, Fire Marshall and First Aider. Her professional background is in administration.

Finance Officer – Paddy White
Finance Officer – Paddy White

Paddy is in charge of the financial aspect of IJI. He ensures we are compliant with all of the charity regulations, oversees payments, income and salaries. He is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with Price Waterhouse Coopers. His professional background is in the corporate sector.