About VLM

Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) is a not-for-profit volunteer sending organisation. We work in partnership with the Vincentian Fathers and the Daughters of Charity to support their work with disadvantaged people in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Burkina Faso. Since 2006 our volunteers have been making valuable contributions in education and community projects. We recruit volunteers of all ages for a variety of placements all year round.

VLM also facilitates schools immersion programmes to Ethiopia for 5th year students at St. Vincent’s Castleknock College and St. Paul’s College Raheny. Another aspect of VLM’s work is the Ethiopia Deaf Project, providing suppport to the Ambo Lazarist School for the Deaf in Ambo, central Ethiopia.

We are accredited to Comprehensive Standard with the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice since 2013. This ensures that both our partners and volunteers receive the highest international standards of service and support.


Ethos and Charism

 Vincentian Lay Missionaries is a member of the Vincentian family network, or FAMVIN, a group of organisations inspired by the life and ethos of St Vincent de Paul, a French saint born in 1581, remembered and respected for his care and compassion towards the poor and needy of his time.

St. Vincent embraced humble and grateful service to others, especially to those who are poor. Concern for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. This holistic approach to caring translates to all of the activities that our volunteers participate in through our partner projects overseas.

Other members of the Vincentian Family in Ireland include the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Depaul Ireland, The Daughters of Charity, the Vincentian Fathers, the Holy Faith Sisters and the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice.

There is also Vincentian Lay Missionaries USA, whose volunteers often collaborate with ours on overseas missions. Both VLM Ireland and VLM USA operate internationally as part of the MISEVI network as well as the worldwide Vincentian Family network.

We also encourage those interested in volunteering to contact Vincentian Volunteering UK, who offer a ten-month volunteering programme in Manchester and Liverpool. Volunteers live together in a community and work on social justice projects. For more information please visit www.vincentianvolunteers.org.uk.

St. Vincent de Paul was born in southern France in 1581.

Data Protection and Privacy

Personal information submitted to us by volunteer applicants, donors, supporters, those making enquiries or by any other private individuals for any purpose will be treated in accordance with current EU data protection legislation as of May 25th 2018 and the national Data Protection Act 2018. For more information on this please consult our
VLM Privacy Policy 2018 and our VLM Data Protection Policy June 2018.


Charitable Status

VLM is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland (CHY 17070) and is fully compliant with the Charities Regulatory Authority and the CRO. All of our details and accounts are up-to-date with the most recent guidelines. You can click here to view our 2017 accounts as submitted to the CRA:
VLM 2017 Audited Accounts and Financial Report

The organisation is directed by a voluntary board of management (see below), various voluntary sub-committees and one full-time staff member.Our primary funding sources are the Vincentian Fathers in Ireland and public fundraising. All volunteers to overseas destinations are self-funded.

Our Personnel

Mary Anne Stokes

Project Coordinator
Mary Anne has been working with VLM since October 2012. With an undergraduate degree from Maynooth University and an MSc in Social Policy from Universiteit van Amsterdam, Mary Anne also comes with professional work experience in the not-for-profit sector, including organisations such as Focus Ireland and Trócaire.

Fr Stephen Monaghan CM

Stephen is a Vincentian priest from Dublin who has recently been missioned to work in Ethoiopia with the Ambo Lazarist School for the Deaf, a project he was instrumental in founding over five years ago. He previously served as chaplain at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and to the Deaf Community in Ireland, as well as parish priest to the Parish of the Travelling People in Phibsborough.

Sr Lettemariam Sebhat DC

VLM Ethiopia
Lettemariam is a member of the Daughters of Charity, Ethiopia. Based in the provincial house in Addis Ababa, she welcomes VLM volunteers on their arrival and provides support and resources to them during their placements. She studied business administration at Dorset College, Dublin and has worked as secretary to the Daughters of Charity Provincial in Ethiopia and later, in formation with younger sisters.


VLM Voluntary Board of Management Members


Ian Garrigan

Ian is a chartered accountant with practise and industry experience. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the Honorary Treasurer of the Castleknock College Union. Ian is a former VLM volunteer, having spent time with the Vincentian Fathers in Bahir Dar, northern Ethiopia.

Sr. Geraldine Henry

is a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. Her background is in health management and in the past has spent 12 years in Nigeria.  Currently she is the Mission Development Co-ordinator this role involves supporting the Daughters of Charity in 5 African countries, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso to carry out quality services for people living on the margins of society and  includes sourcing agency  funds, fundraising and overseas capacity development for sisters and staff.

Dymphna Cullen

 is a VLM volunteer who travelled to Sodo in Ethiopia. She retired as Deputy Principal of Rathmines College in 2012. She has had a lifelong association with the Vincentian Family.

Dr Richard Brophy

With a background in financial services, academia and working in the public sector, Richard holds several academic qualifications, including a doctorate from the University of South Wales. He has published in many leading academic business journals on insurance and financial services. A longstanding member of the board, Richard brings a wealth of experience regarding insurance, risk management and governance to the organisation.

Rory Dodd

is a teacher in St Paul’s College, Raheny.  He has been the coordinator of the Schools Immersion Programme in St Paul’s since 2011 and has accompanied students and staff members to Ambo on 7 occasions.  He has been a member of the Board of Management of the VLM since 2015


Comhlámh Signatory

Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) is a signatory of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for Volunteer Sending Agencies and has achieved the highest standard of compliance, Comprehensive, since 2013.
The code is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in the global south. The main principles of the code are below.


Dóchas Code Signatory

Dóchas is the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations. VLM is a signatory to the Dóchas Code of Conduct on the use of imagery and messaging. This code informs organisations on how they can ethically communicate their work and fundraise. The core principles that signatories ascribe to are as follows:

• Respect for the dignity of the people concerned;
• Belief in the equality of all people;
• Acceptance of the need to promote fairness, solidarity and justice.

For more information please click on www.dochas.ie 

If you have any queries or complaints on the manner in which VLM presents images and messaging please feel free to express your thoughts to info@vlm.ie.