Staff Bios

Una Allen, Coordinator

Una has an interdisciplinary background including a BA in Social Science, Diploma in Spiritual Direction (2010) and a Masters in Pastoral Theology (2014).  She worked for thirty years with the Probation Service in both Dublin and Galway.  While her work brought her into contact with those who perpetrated sexual abuse, her experiences also taught her about the physical, psychological and social consequences of abuse – for abuse survivors, their families, and their communities.  Una continues her involvement in this area with Athru, a multidisciplinary agency attached to HSE West, working with young people who exhibit sexually inappropriate behaviour.  A spiritual companion and retreat giver with a number of years’ experience, Una has taught on the Diploma in Spiritual Direction Course at the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality and Culture in Galway, and in Manresa Spirituality Centre in Dublin.  Una is married with four children.