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Our Leadership Team

Faith on Fire is an independent lay-led organisation at the service of the Catholic Church in Ireland.  Our leadership team members are lay people with a rich variety of experience who share a passion for evangelisation and who came together to help launch Faith on Fire.  


The team will adapt and grow as we move ahead with our mission. We look forward to adding some of the new catechist panel, who have brought a great wealth of talent and experience in evangelisation. 

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Petra Conroy

Petra has a background in film making, communications and education and was the first Coordinator of Catholic Comment, helping bring articulate Catholic voices to media debate in Ireland. She has an MA in Catechesis, and focused her research on support available for parents in handing on the faith to their children. She is the founder of Faith on Fire. 

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Joe McKeown

Joe has worked in Youth Ministry in his home diocese of Down & Connor for many years, and has been to the fore in the promotion of YouCat. He has a Masters in Apologetics from the Maryvale Institute and runs the Holy Joes podcast for Catholic Dads. Joe is active in parish ministry, bringing the creative and hope-filled leadership the Church in Ireland needs now more than ever.

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Rosemary Swords

Rosemary graduated with honours from Milltown Institute, Dublin, where she studied Philosophy, Theology and Ministry. Her postgraduate work is in Faith and Apologetics.  She is a well known speaker with a particular interest in parish discernment. Rosemary is above all a catechist, and has been bringing knowledge of Christ to children and adults in Dublin parishes for many years. 

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Anna Healy

Anna is a graduate of the Mater Dei Institute, now part of Dublin City University. She is a secondary school teacher with thirty years experience teaching religion to young people, and is involved in adult faith development at parish level. She is currently developing a resource for parents interested in going deeper in knowledge of the faith. 

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Eileen O'Driscoll

Eileen has a Masters in Systematic Theology from St Patrick’s College Maynooth and has worked as a catechist in parish faith formation with both adults and  children. She hosts ’Life to the Full’, a Catholic radio show, on Radio Maria and is a talented musician. Eileen is currently developing 'Friends with Christ', a faith formation resource for parents. 

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Eithne Nic Giolla Catháin

Eithne is a theology graduate and catechist and has been part of the leadership of  Youth 2000 Ireland for many years. She is the Course Coordinator for Youth 2000 Ireland's studies with Franciscan at Home, an excellent programme run by the Catechetical Institute (CI), at Franciscan University in Steubenville. Eithne has a particular interest in the training and support of catechists. 

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