The Irish Council of Churches is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Nicola Brady to the position of General Secretary.
Dr Brady comes to the role with a wealth of ecumenical experience and a commitment to social justice, having served as Research Coordinator for the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Northern Ireland Catholic Council on Social Affairs. As part of this role she has coordinated inter–church engagement in a wide range of social policy areas, including poverty, migration, mental health, and peace and reconciliation. She was also a member of the Management Committee of the Irish Churches’ Peace Project, 2013–2015.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr Brady noted that ‘churches bring a unique and valuable perspective to the major challenges facing our society. Most importantly, they bring the Christian message of hope to those who are struggling. I look forward to building on the significant work that has been done to date by the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter–Church Meeting to respond to the many different needs in our local communities, united by a shared commitment to Gospel values’.
Congratulating Dr Brady, ICC President Rt Rev John McDowell said, ‘on behalf of the ICC and IICM, we are delighted to have someone of Dr Brady’s calibre and experience to build on the excellent work of Mervyn McCullagh and the team at the Inter–Church Centre.’
Dr Brady has a PhD in Church history, examining the response of the Catholic hierarchy to political violence in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country (1921–1975).