Gerard Hanley

Growing up in Galway, Gerard developed two passions, Faith and Football. He tried his hand at every sport available but began to focus on soccer as things got more serious. He made his debut for the Republic of Ireland in an U15 friendly against Holland and went on to make over 30 appearances for Irish underage teams. Gerard played for 7 seasons in the League of Ireland with Galway United, Mervue, Shelbourne and Dundalk. His Faith came alive in Secondary School after He encountered Christ through Confession and the Eucharist at a retreat in Knock. This turning point was the beginning of Gerard’s move towards ministry. Despite wrestling with his desires to progress his football career he could not ignore the Lord’s call to work in Ministry. In January 2015 he made the difficult decision to leave behind football and mov into full-time Youth Ministry. Having previously worked with An Tobar Nua and NET Ministries Gerard took up the role of Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator at Emmaus in May 2018. In April of the same year, Gerard married his now wife Katie at Galway Cathedral.

Mary Ann Papp

My name is Mary Ann (Papp) and I am originally from New Jersey, USA. Moving to Dublin with my family in 2011, I was grateful to find a position on the Emmaus School Retreat Team soon after and have been blessed to minister to hundreds of students alongside incredibly faithful and talented team members. I have a wealth of pastoral experience, including Youth Ministry, Engaged Encounter, RCIA, Baptism Prep, Ministry to Mothers, Bible Study and small group leadership. I have a degree in Social Work and Masters in Theology from Georgian Court University, a Mercy college. I am very proud to be a Catholic Christian wife, mother and mother-in-law! God is good!

Luke Daly

My name is Luke. I’m 22 years old and I’m from Bayside, Dublin. I enjoy playing football and reading. As well as serving on the Emmaus Retreat Team, I work part time as a barista and I’m studying psychotherapy. I love Jesus and my Catholic faith. It’s a gift to be able to share this treasure I’ve found with others. 

Margaret O’Brien

Margaret has been a full-time member of Emmaus Retreat Team since 2013. Her background is in both Retreat and Youth Ministry. She is a shekinah retreat facilitator and graduate from All Hallows Pastoral Care department.  Margaret has worked in a Pastoral Care capacity in D. C.U, All Hallows Campus and D.C.U St Patrick’s College Drumcondra ministering to 3rd level students.  She holds a B.A. and M. A.  from All Hallows Campus accredited by D.C.U.  Prior to ministering on the Emmaus Retreat Team Margaret facilitated Retreats in schools in the Dublin and Meath Dioceses.  Margaret has also prepared students on a 2-year programme for Confirmation in Educate Together Schools in Dublin. She is a Spiritual Director and is currently pursuing studies towards a Diploma in Cross Professional Supervision.  Margaret is a trained Pastoral Care Professional and Social Care Professional. Margaret has also trained and practiced as a member of Bethany Bereavement Support Group. 

Pio Hartnett

Growing up in Clifden, County Galway, Pio joined the Emmaus Retreat Team in 2018. He spent two years serving as a full time volunteer missionary with NET Ministries of Canada, sharing the gospel with youth in French-speaking Quebec, before spending a year serving as music coordinator for Pure Witness Ministries, during which he facilitated retreats for youth and families in schools and parishes throughout western Canada. After this he returned to Ireland to study Philosophy and English at Maynooth University, and then moved to Dublin, where he now resides. Pio enjoys composing music, drawing, and striking up conversation with people he’s never met before.

Laura Madrigal-Estebas

Originally from Spain, Laura made Ireland her home 30 years ago. Laura is married and is the mother of three teenagers. She is a scientist, with a PhD in Immunology, and has also a passion for spirituality and for development, having completed a Certificate in Theology and a Master’s degree in Development Studies. Laura is currently taking a Diploma course in Spirituality focusing in Youth Ministry, to learn more about the art of dealing with young people and organising retreats tailored to their needs. She has joined the School Retreat team in Emmaus this academic year and is really enjoying the experience of working in the team and meeting the young students who come for retreats.

Sonia Murray

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