Our Team

Eugene Smith

Eugene Smith, Director of the Pastoral Centre

Eugene Smith is the Director of the Pastoral Centre. With a background in international development, Eugene has extensive experience of working with students and teachers in the area of Development Education (DE) and Pastoral and Faith development.

He has worked with various schools in Ireland and overseas. He has over fourteen years’ experience as a community development worker with international NGOs in Africa, Asia and Europe. He holds a third level qualification in Graphic Design and International Development.


Conor Deering


Conor Deering, Retreat Facilitator

Conor Deering has a BA in Psychology and Theology and has been part of the Benildus Retreat team since 2008.

His areas of speciality are the behaviour of young people in today’s world, creating a framework for students to be open, individualistic and creative in their self-expression in the area of faith.


Yvonne Joye


Yvonne Joye, Retreat Facilitator

Yvonne Joye has worked as a Facilitator for over 20 years working with engaged couples, cancer survivors, youth groups and school retreats. She has a BA in Sociology & German with a Diploma in Spirituality, Applied Youth Ministry and Facilitation.

She has been a columnist with The Kerryman newspaper for over 9 years and is the author of two non-fiction books dealing with the impact of loss and illness on family life.

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