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Evelyn (36) from Uganda is mother of Patricia who featured on the 2019 Trócaire box.

Trócaire and the Catholic Church

Trócaire is the overseas development agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. We were established by the Bishops’ Conference as “an official channel through which Irish Catholics can express their commitment on an ongoing basis to the needs of the Third World”. The pastoral letter establishing Trócaire stated:

“The aim of Trócaire will be two-fold. Abroad, it will give whatever help lies within its resources to the areas of greatest need among the developing counties. At home, it will try to make us all more aware of the needs of these countries and of our duties towards them. These duties are no longer a matter of charity but of simple justice.”

We support the most vulnerable people in the developing world. This support is offered to people of all faiths. We work without prejudice to express the support of the Catholic Church in Ireland for the most vulnerable people.

Our work is grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and is in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. For example, we do not fund or promote abortion.

Trócaire’s work is funded by parishes across Ireland. We also receive grants from large institutions. We do not accept money from any organisation whose primary mission runs contrary to Catholic Social Teaching.

We support the most vulnerable people in the developing world. This support is offered to people of all faiths. We work without prejudice to express the support of the Catholic Church in Ireland for the most vulnerable people.

Our work is grounded in Catholic Social Teaching and is in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. For example, we do not fund or promote abortion.

Trócaire’s work is funded by parishes across Ireland. We also receive grants from large institutions. We do not accept money from any organisation whose primary mission runs contrary to Catholic Social Teaching.

The Trustees of Trócaire are appointed by the Catholic Church’s Episcopal Conference.
The seven Trustees of Trócaire are:

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Chairman of Trustees of Trócaire, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Trustee, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland

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Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Trustee, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

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Archbishop Michael Neary

Trustee, Archbishop of Tuam

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Bishop William Crean

Trustee and Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne

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Bishop Noel Treanor

Trustee, Bishop of Down and Connor

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Bishop Dermot Farrell

Trustee, Bishop of Ossory

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Archbishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin

Chairman of Trustees of Trócaire, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland

Archbishop Eamon Martin was ordained a priest for the diocese of Derry in 1987. He became Archbishop of Armagh in September 2014. Archbishop Martin is President of the Bishops’ Conference.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Trustee, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was ordained in 1969. He became Archbishop of Dublin in April 2004. Archbishop Martin is Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly

Trustee, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly was ordained in June 1978. He became Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in January 2015. He is a member of various bodies, including the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs.

Archbishop Michael Neary

Archbishop Michael Neary

Trustee, Archbishop of Tuam

Archbishop Michael Neary was ordained in 1971. He became Archbishop of Tuam in January 1995. Archbishop Neary is a member of bodies including the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Formation. He is Chairman of the Council for Doctrine and Chairman of the Theological Committee.

Bishop William Crean

Bishop William Crean

Trustee and Chairman of Trócaire, Bishop of Cloyne

Bishop William Crean was ordained in 1976. He has been Chair of Trócaire since March 2013. He is also a member of the Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs.

Bishop Noel Treanor

Bishop Noel Treanor

Trustee, Bishop of Down and Connor

Bishop Noel Treanor was ordained in 1976. In 1985, he was appointed Director of Adult Education. Prior to his ordination as Bishop of Down and Connor, Bishop Noel Treanor served as Secretary General of COMECE from 1989 to 2008.

Bishop Dermot Farrell

Bishop Dermot Farrell

Trustee, Bishop of Ossory

Dermot Farrell was conferred by the Pontifical University, Maynooth, with Licence in Theology in 1981. In 1988 he was awarded a Doctoral Degree from the Gregorian University in Rome. His appointment as Bishop of Ossory by Pope Francis was announced on 3rd January 2018. He is a former President of St. Patrick’s College.

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