Welcome to our President

30th September 2017

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Our President, Sean McDonagh was elected at the 2016 AGM but circumstances meant that it was the 2017 AGM before we could introduce him to our members.

Sean was born in Nenagh, County Tipperary in 1944. He went to school in Nenagh, De La Salle College, Waterford and St. Columban’s College Navan.

He went to the Philippines in 1969 and worked on the island of Mindanao.

Between 1972 – 1975 he undertook graduate studies in Anthropology in the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and Linguistics at Georgetown University also in Washington. On returning to the Philippine he taught Anthropology and Linguistics at the Mindanao State University in Marawi, Philippines. That city has been under siege for the past 3 months and hundreds have been killed.

In 1981, he began working with the T’boli people in Mindanao who are a tribal people. He spent the next 14 years working among them.

He returned to Ireland in 1994 and have been involved in roles since them, especially in the area of Justice, Peace and the Integrity. He was also chair of Greenpeace, Ireland and VOICE. With John Sweeney he wrote the Catholic Bishops' Statement Climate Change in 2009.

He has written many books on theology and ecology. To Care for the Earth (1986), The Greening of the Church (1990), Passion for the Earth (1995, Why are we Deaf to the Cry of the Earth?,(2001), Dying for Water, (2003), Patenting Life? Stop, (2008), The Death of Life: The Horror of Extinction, (2004), Climate Change: the Challenge to Us all (2007), Fukushima (2013), Laudato S’(2016).

He was involved in the preparation of the encyclical of Laudato’ Si: care for our common home.