Director and Permanent Delegate to the United Nations
General Promoter of Justice and Peace of the Order of Preachers
Born in Welkom in South Africa in 1953, Fr. Michael Deeb holds a Masters degree in Theology, having also studied Social Sciences. For a major part of his life he worked, as a leader and as a chaplain, with secondary and university catholic student movements. Through these movements, he was actively involved in the events following the student revolts of June 1976, in the buildup to the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983, and in the mobilization during the States of Emergency in the late 80’s, spending 50 days in detention in 1985. He entered the Dominican Order in 1986 and from 2000 to 2007 he was the International Chaplain of the International Young Catholic Students movement (IYCS) and the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), based in Paris. On his return to South Africa in 2008, he became the Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Department of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). In January 2014, he was appointed by the Master of the Order to be the Permanent Delegate of the Dominican Order to the United Nations and in October 2014 he became the Order’s General Promoter for Justice and Peace.