Origin & Work of Our National Office
The National Office of the Irish Apostolate USA dates from May of 1997. The first National Director was Rev. Tim O’Sullivan, who was followed by Rev. Colm Campbell in 2001. In 2005 the Irish Apostolate USA reorganized and established a presiding Board of Directors. Currently, the Board consists of Rev. Brendan McBride as the President, Rev. Michael Leonard and Rev. John McCarthy. The Emigrant Officer of the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants, Ms. Joanna Joyce, is an ex-officio member.
Traditionally, the vast majority of immigrants arriving from Ireland go to places where they have friends and acquaintances; cities like New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. However, now immigrants can be found in practically all of the 50 States. Since 1997 we have worked to establish outreach Centers in areas with significant Irish populations. To serve those areas without Centers, we have established a National Office. So no matter where you are in this great country, feel free to give us a call at any time. No concern is too small; if it’s important to you, it is to us. And if you are well and truly settled and “doing fairly well” and you would like to help in any way, we will be glad to channel that goodwill to the more recently arrived.
As members of the Irish Apostolate USA:
- We reflect the Gospel message of love and compassion in our work;
- We affirm the dignity of all human beings;
- We strive to meet the spiritual and physical needs of people;
- We offer hospitality and belonging in a setting of mutual acceptance;
- We value teamwork in our efforts to make a difference in the lives of Irish and all immigrants;
- We believe that all people should be treated fairly;
- We are committed to justice for immigrants.
Adopted by the IAUSA Board October 13, 2011