What a wonderful year of celebrations we have enjoyed in 2017 both at All-Ireland level and in our United Diocese ~ Afternoon Tea Parties, Prayer Services, Tree Planting, The MU Way, Triennial Conference in Termonfeckin and The Big Sing to namer just a few.
Click on the picture on the below to bring you to Leighlin Area Web Page and a slide Show from the MU Way. It was a great privilege to have Lynne Tembey, World Wide President, with us in Old Leighlin for this special occasion as Phyllis Grothier, our All-Ireland President, visited every Diocese in Ireland as part of "The MU Way".
Phyllis Grothier, All-Ireland President, held a lovely Afterrnoon Tea at her home in Rosslee, Fenagh on Saturday 12th August to celebrate Mary Sumner Day. See a slideshow of pictures from the day below:
The Big Sing
Click on the image above for a link to photographs from Dublin/Glendalough Diocese
What a wonderful, inspirational occasion this was. The Big Sing took place on Saturday September 9th in The National Concert Hall, Dublin. The Big Sing was a dream of Phyllis Grothier and with the help of all those on the 130th Anniversary Planning Team of Phyllis Grothier, Jacqueline Armstrong, Moira Thom, Mildred Gilmore, Avril Jennings, Lucy Kavanagh, Myrtle Allen and May Boyd, the dream became a reality.
A choir made up of over 120 MU Members, 10 from our own Diocese, and 1000 voices in the main body of the Concert Hall sang many much loved hymns with gusto. The choir was conducted by Mark Armstrong and the organist for the event was Peter Barley. Trumpets and a Timpani really added to the quality of the music. The hymns were very ably introduced by Bishop Ken Clarke who also interviewed some members about MU Projects. We were also treated to two lovely pieces played on the harp by Anne-Marie O'Farrell ~ "Take my Life and Let it be" and "Blest are the Pure in Heart"
The following hymns were chosen by MU members from throughout Ireland to be sung at the event:
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
All things bright and beautiful
Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here
The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want
How deep the Father's love for us
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father
Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!)
What a friend we have in Jesus
O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder (This proved to be the most popular hymn with members of Mothers' Union)
The Women's Getaway
The Women’s Getaway took place on 20th /21st October 2017. This has become an annual event and is greatly enjoyed by all who attend. The theme of the weekend was ‘Celebrating Our Gifts’ and it was a weekend with friends new and old sharing times of fellowship, reflection, and laughter.
The Conference Leader was Mary Good and the Key Note Speaker was Alice Leadbeter.
The Womens' Getaway weekend took place in The Raddison Blu Hotel, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
Olive Power gave the following report on
The General Meeting in Edinburgh for COMUN
Our All Ireland President along with 6 members from the United Diocese travelled to Edinburgh for the General Meeting.
On Friday afternoon we attended a lovely service in St. John's The Evangelist Church, the sermon was given by The Right Revd. Dr. Gregor Duncan Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, on the theme Angels as it was St. Michael and All Angels day. Following the service there was A Taste of Scotland and Ceilidh Celebration which was a dinner and Ceilidh. We all really enjoyed the evening of food, fun and fellowship. For all of us Irish it was great to be welcomed with the words "Ceud -mile -failte ".
On Saturday we attended the General Meeting in the wonderful Edinburgh International Conference Centre. We were welcomed to Scotland by Jean McPherson Richardson, provincial President of Scotland. The theme of the meeting was Peace and Reconciliation. The opening worship was with Right Revd. John Armes, Bishop of Edinburgh, who gave a thought provoking address on labels and how they categorise people. Lynne Tembey, World Wide President gave her presentation, followed by Bev Jullien the MU chief executive. The Keynote speaker was Canon Sarah Snyder on the theme Peace and Reconciliation and she was a wonderful speaker who we all really appreciated. The closing worship was with Right Rev Andrew Prowd.
There were some very interesting exhibitions to see. We are all looking forward to next year's meeting which takes place in Swansea.
All the care and effort Olive puts into making travel and accommodation arrangements is greatly appreciated.
Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Members at
The General Meeting
The Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence is observed by Mothers' Union members throughout Ireland.
From 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
Prayer for Month of November
(From the Mothers' Union Website)
God of justice, God of mercy, God of healing, we acknowledge the pain and brokenness of our world. We pray for those who suffer degradation and violence through gender based violence.
We pray for those whose minds are warped by the need to control and imprison others in a world of cruelty and violence as a means towards self-gratification.
Gracious God, we praise you that you are continually at work in people’s lives, challenging and convicting, transforming and restoring,
As Mothers’ Union members, embed deep in us the courage to step out in faith, to stand alongside the victims, to dare the risk of challenging the status quo by speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves. In the name of Christ.