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Celebrating 130 Years of "Love & Service"
Mother's Union Ireland

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:

  1. Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
  2. All things bright and beautiful
  3. Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here
  4. The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want
  5. How deep the Father's love for us
  6. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah
  7. Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father
  8. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
  9. Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!)
  10. What a friend we have in Jesus
  11. O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder (This proved to be the most popular hymn with members of Mothers' Union)

Celebrating Mary Sumner Day 2019

Just over 30 members from around the Diocese attended a short service and prayer session to celebrate Mary Sumner Day on Friday 9th August in St. Mary's Church, Carlow.

Unfortunately due to very wet and windy weather the attendance was smaller than anticipated and the prayer walk had to take place in the church. We are very grateful to our Diocesan President, Lesley Bayley, who put a great deal of thought and preparation into the prayer walk and service.

Refreshments were served in the adjoining parish room after the service. Thank you to everyone who provided refreshments and to Carlow/Killeshin Branch for hosting the event.

The Women's Getaway

The Women's Getaway in 2019 took place October 18th/19th in The Armagh City Hotel.

It was a lovely weekend of chat, fellowship, joining in different activities and good food. Congratulations and very well done to all the organisers of this event.

The General Meeting in Portsmouth 2019

On Monday 16th September 2019 10 ladies travelled from Rosslare to Fishguard on a lovely calm day and drove down to Portsmouth.

On Tuesday we drove through the New Forest scenic route to visit the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral, which is amazing. We had lunch there and then went back to Portsmouth to see all the historic Navy ships. It was a beautiful warm sunny day and in the evening we attended the service in Portsmouth Cathedral which was conducted by Ven. Dr. Trevor Reader MU Chaplin for Portsmouth. The sermon was given by Canon Angela Tilby, on the theme of the ‘Visionary Saint Hildegard of Bingen’, whose Saint's day it was. She saw all things in the Light of God through the five senses sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch.
It was lovely to meet up with Lynne Tembey our former Worldwide President, she sent her love to all the members here in Ireland.
On Wednesday we attended the General Meeting in Portsmouth Guildhall, we were welcomed by Bev. Julien, MU Chief Executive, Susan Baker and Revd. Elizabeth Groves Diocesan President of Portsmouth. Opening worship was followed by a presentation from the New Worldwide President Sheran Harper who said she stands for MU all over the world. She has already visited many countries around the world seeing the problems of poverty, flooding, bombing, abuse etc. and saw all the wonderful work done by the MU in these areas. She has also visited 11 dioceses in England and Wales. She said God is at the centre of a faith based worldwide organisation the Mother’ Union.

"From Small Shoots" was the theme of a discussion led by All Ireland President, June Butler, about all the things that make such a difference to vulnerable people i.e. craft classes for women and young offenders in Belfast prison, buying books for poor children, AFIA providing days out for families who can't have a break, ‘Bags of love’ for parents of children's first day at school. MU is living proof of aloving God.

There were four other very interesting speakers, and the meeting closed with worship with Revd. John Sweatman Provincial Chaplain for Canterbury. After the meeting we travelled to Bath where we had a lovely meal and had a great evening of fun and laughter together. Next morning, we drove to Fishguard for the afternoon sailing to Rosslare. It was a warm, calm sailing and we stopped off for a meal before going our separate ways after four wonderful days together.

Many thanks to Olive Power for this report. We all appreciate the thought, time and effort Olive puts into making travel and accommodation arrangements for this outing every year.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the 2020 meeting which was due to be held in Belfast has been cancelled but the 2021 "Annual Gathering" has been scheduled for Belfast.

24 September - 25 September 2021 ~ Mothers’ Union Annual Gathering
(General Meeting) Belfast
Service of Celebration, St Anne’s Cathedral, St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
Annual Gathering, ICC Belfast

Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Members at
The General Meeting
Portsmouth 2019

Mothers' Union Diocesan Link Visit to
St. David's Diocese in Wales

On Friday 20th April 11 people (10 ladies and one gentleman) sailed from Rosslare to Pemproke. We had a very pleasant, calm crossing and arrived to warm sunshine in Pembroke where we were met by our hosts. We spent the afternoon and evening with them as they showed us around their area and had our evening meal in their homes.

On Saturday morning we visited The Longest Lovespoon Workshop which was very interesting, seeing how they are made and the history behind giving lovespoons.

After lunch we went to Picton Castle for a tour of the 13th Century castle, spent time in the beautiful gardens and saw the owls there. Following this we went to church and had prayers and some quiet time. We then went to the Begelly Arms Hotel for a lovely evening dinner followed by some light entertainment from our Welsh hosts and Irish ladies. On Sunday morning we attended church with our hosts, had lunch with them and then they brought us back to Pembroke for the afternoon sailing home.

It was a wonderful weekend meeting such lovely people, sightseeing, being entertained and, of course, the lovely sunny weather really made it! We look forward to renewing friendships with our Welsh friends in the coming years.

Report by Olive Power

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.
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