Justice, Leadership, and Mission 


I design seminars and workshops to meet the specific needs of those who ask for my help. In doing so I draw on my experience of working as a missionary and community trainer for several years in different African countries, and more briefly in Latin America. I can also draw on the results of the extensive research I did on the theory and practice of development economics and cultural and religious diversity, during the years when I was the holder of a Research Fellowship in the Theology of Development.  Typical one-day or two-day seminars might look like these:

                        MISSION AND JUSTICE 

 - An exploration of the issues and challenges currently facing the missionaries and development workers of a Congregation or organisation.

 - Globalisation and its effects, with reflections on ways of challenging the present unjust type of globalisation.

 - Input and sharing on the relationship between evangelisation, liberation, and development in concrete situations facing the organisation.

 - Input on the relationship between mission and work for justice, with special emphasis on the message of Jesus.

I have written a book entitled MISSION IN TODAY'S WORLD. If you would like to read a chapter of that book, entitled 'New Models, New Images, New Attitudes', you can download it in Word format by clicking on the following link:

I have a particular interest in the topic of ecology, which is, of course, closely related to the issue of justice. To download a copy of my lengthy review which was published in The Furrow in May 2010 of a book on Eco-theology by Celia Deane-Drummond click here:

Recently I published an article in NEW BLACKFRIARS entitled "Themes and Theologies in Catholic Social Teaching over Fifty Years". If you would like to download that article in Word format, you can do so by clicking on the following link:

Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical is called 'Deus caritas est' (God is Love). It is very controversial because it could be understood as suggesting that Church agencies such as Trocaire, CAFOD, SCIAF, CRS, and other members of the Caritas network should focus more on charitable relief than on justice and development issues. I have published a long article about it in the Villanova periodical Catholic Social Thought  (2012). This article can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

If you wish to read a paper I have written on Christian Mission and the Millennium Development Goals you can download it by clicking here: http://www.donaldorr.com/CHRISTIANMISSIONANDDEVELOPMENT.doc 

                      MISSION, WORD AND SPIRIT

  - Many Religions, One Spirit

 - Prophetic Inspiration and Prophetic Movements

 - Diverse Modes of the Work of the Spirit

- How the Spirit gets through to us

 - Evangelisation Today: Spirit and Word: we need both

 - Re-evangelisation where the Church has less credibility.

If you would like to read a chapter about Inspiration from the Spirit from my book DIVINE ENERGY, you can download it by clicking on the following link:



 Leadership in Scripture and in our present experience

  The basis for changes in our recent approaches to Leadership

 - Different kinds of leader

 - Various ways of exercising leadership

 - Vision and Call

 - Discernment and Intuition

If you would like to read a chapter from my book SPIRITUALITY OF LEADERSHIP, you can download it by clicking on the following link:


The picture shows Bishop Willy Walsh at the launch of Donal's book Spirituality of Leadership, with Columba Press publisher Sean O'Boyle, as well as Donal and Donal's sister, Ben Kimmerling


For many years I have been involved in running training programmes and workshops in various parts of Africa on leadership and development - and linking development with spirituality. The picture below was taken during the residential 'Training of Transformation' (advanced level) course in the Grail Centre, Kleinmond, South Africa.



    To contact me: ddorr@eircom.net.    +353-(0)1-4960222