Amy Woolam Echeverria serves as the International Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for Columban Missionaries. In recent years, she has contributed to the founding of international networks and projects such as the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI, a project of Pax Christi International) and the Ecclesial Network for the PanAmazon (REPAM). She has served on several Boards and Steering Committees for national and international organizations and coalitions dedicated to peace, social and environmental justice.
Amy began her service to the Church twenty-five years ago in refugee resettlement first in the United States and then in Chile where she served as a volunteer with Holy Child Sisters and worked as a consultant for the first UNHCR refugee resettlement program in Latin America. While in Chile Amy began working with Columban missionaries and has been with Columbans for 18 years.
Amy collaborates on many international advocacy and education campaigns on issues including peace, climate change, water, migrants and refugees, trade and investment issues.
She anticipates completing her Masters of Arts in Spirituality in May 2020 from the Oblate School of Theology, Institute for Spiritual Studies. Her focus is in ecological and cosmological theology and spirituality. She has written on a range of JPIC themes and their interconnectedness for academic, grassroots, religious formation, and advocacy purposes.
Amy lives in the metro Washington D.C. area with her son Francisco and daughter Landes. Her favorite season is Autumn and she enjoys contemplation in creation, writing, and baking.