The Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) is an amalgamation of two of the largest existing religious membership organisations, the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) and the Irish Missionary Union (IMU), in a response to a desire to energise and support the life and ministry of the Church, both in Ireland and overseas.
CORI was first established under the title Conference of Major Religious Superiors of Ireland (CMRS) in November 1960 and has a combined membership of approximately 9,000 from 138 religious congregations. The IMU was set up in 1970 for the broad purpose of providing a collaborative network of missionary groups, with 1,500 Irish Missionaries from over 80 member congregations currently engaged in 84 developing countries.
The purpose of AMRI will be to represent and promote active collaboration between Religious Institutes, Societies of Apostolic Life and Missionary Organisations. Key strategic programme areas include Mission & Education at home and abroad; Justice, Peace and Environment; Health and Pastoral Care; and Support to its Membership.