Jane Mellett lives in Dublin, Ireland and is the Laudato Si’ Officer with Tròcaire (the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland). Prior to this, Jane was a parish pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Dublin serving in parish ministry for many years. A graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Jane holds a Masters Degree in Theology (specializing in New Testament Scripture) as well as a Masters in International Development from Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin.
Jane qualified as a Spiritual Director in 2015 having journeyed with Ignatian Spirituality through the Manresa Jesuit Centre for Spirituality, Dublin. Jane has spent various periods of time volunteering in India and through this has gained a keen interest in Eastern Christian spirituality. In 2017, she qualified as a yoga and meditation teacher and is passionate about the integration of these practices within Western Christianity.
In 2018, Jane embarked on a Climate Pilgrimage, carrying the message of Laudato Si’ from Italy to Poland to the UN Climate Talks (COP24). This, she describes, as a real experience of ‘ecological conversion’ and since then she has dedicated her time to share the wisdom of Laudato Si’ with others, especially in the areas of ecological education and spirituality.
For the past ten years, Jane and her friend Triona Doherty, have shared the writing of the DeepEnd column, reflections on the Sunday Gospels, in Intercom Magazine (Veritas, Dublin). Their first book, a collection of these scripture reflections, will be published by Messenger later this year: “The Deep End: A Journey with the Sunday Gospels in the Year of Luke".