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Biography of Fr. Shay Cullen


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Fr. Shay receiving the Humanitarian Award at the Meteor Awards in 2009

Fr. Shay receiving the Humanitarian Award at the Meteor Awards in 2009

Father Shay Cullen, 72, is a Missionary priest from Ireland, a member of the Missionary Society of St. Columban and Founder and President of Preda Foundation since 1975. He has worked protecting women and children from sex slavery and promoting human rights, peace and non-violence in the Philippines since 1969.

Born in Dublin on March 27, 1943, he was educated at Presentation College, Glasthule, Co. Dublin. Ireland. He completed his college education at St. Columban’s, Dalgan Park, Navan, Ireland and was ordained a Catholic Missionary Priest in April 1969.

His mission for justice and peace is ecumenical in reach. It is based on taking a stand for human rights and protecting the dignity of every person in particular exploited women, children and youth. His advocacy team provides community education on human rights and working for a corrupt free society.Father Shay established The Preda Foundation in Olongapo City rescuing enslaved children and women from sex slavery. He established Preda Fair Trade as a private enterprise to alleviate poverty, support indigenous people and support charitable projects to promote human rights, justice and peace. The project has 62 professional staff and they rescue sexually abused children from traffickers, brothels, and prisons. The Preda Foundation provides therapeutic homes for the rescued children.

Father Shay is an international speaker and human rights campaigner. He is the author of Passion and Power, his autobiography. He is a writer and a weekly columnist for the Manila Times on Sunday and other international newspapers. His columns are uploaded weekly to this website as well as the Preda Facebook page, and the Preda Fair Trade website.

He has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and received other human rights awards. He resides at the Preda Foundation, Upper Kalaklan, Olongapo City, Philippines and can be reached at shaycullen@preda.org, and shaycullen@gmail.com.

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