The VP with responsibility for Cashel Area is Lilia Harper.
Elizabeth Corrigan has been commissioned as VP for Finance & Central Services. All VP's are now attached to Units rather than areas and Elizabeth is now responsible for growing membership of Mothers' Union in the Diocese. Elizabeth was commissioned at the Festival Service in Old Leighlin and we wish Elizabeth well in her new role.
Lismore Branch: Founded 1894
The highlight of their year is a Prayer Walk which is held annually by Lismore Mothers' Union. This is part of Holy Week reflections and is organised by Lismore Branch Leader, Audrey Gailey.
The Prayer Walk continues to grow in popularity and attracts participants from many of the neighbouring counties.
Lismore Prayer Walk ~ 2019
Tourin House ~ Cappoquin
About sixty people took part in the Annual Prayer Walk on the Wednesday in Holy Week organized by Audrey Gailey and Lismore Mothers’ Union. This year it was led by Hazel Sweetnam in the beautiful gardens of Tourin House Cappoquin by kind permission of the Jameson Family. The theme chosen by Hazel was Music and Love. Hazel was so well accompanied by Catherine, Jesse and Cindy who provided beautiful appropriate music throughout. This combination of prayer and music was very effective and encouraged participation.
As we walked through the Yew arch and strolled by the many varieties of Camellias, contemplated at the Rock Garden pool where the pale pink petals of a magnificent Prunus fluttered to float on the surface we all experienced a special sense of peace singing - As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after you. The budding trees were a very real reminder of the sap rising again reminding us of New Life.
We ended our Prayer Walk in the magnificent and immaculately maintained walled garden entering by very large double gates singing - I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart. Just as the beautiful stone walls enclosed this garden we were conscious of being encircled by the Love of God especially in Holy Week. Strolling and praying through Tourin garden I was conscious in Holy week of two other gardens – the garden of Gethsemane and the garden of the Tomb, like two bookends to Easter.
It was very obvious how Hazel’s faith has sustained her throughout her life and she shared several personal experiences with us which demonstrated how the Christian Faith teaches us to be mindful and positive.
To complete this special occasion we all relaxed at a delicious tea prepared by Kristin Jameson where lively fellowship was shared.
Many thanks to Margaret Kingston for this report
Cashel Branch: Founded 1917
The February 2019 meeting took place on Wednesday 20th at 8p.m. in the Parish Room. Jim Parkinson spoke about his recent farm trip to New Zealand.
The March meeting takes place on Wednesday 20th March & the Dean will speak about his recen trip to Hong Kong as part of the Church of Ireland's delegation to the International Anglican Liturgical Consultation.
The Branch held their AGM in the Chapter House, Cashel on 18th November 2019. The following officers were elected:
- Branch Leader ~ Jean Hobson
- Hon. Secretary ~ Marion Thompson
- Hon. Treasurer ~ Margaret Kingston
The Branch has decided to hold its meetings on the first Wednesday in each month starting at 2.30 p.m.
Kilcooley / Fertagh: Founded 1909
Templemore: Founded 1978
Photographs from Lismore Prayer Walk 2019
Courtesy of: Breda Hennessy Duggan
Learning to read and write through
The Mothers' Union Literacy Programme
Global Moment & Activism
against Gender Violence
At the Vigil in Clonmel sponge bags filled with items for basic hygiene were donated and distributed to Cuan Saor in Clonmel and Social Services in Cashel.
Two people joined Canon Barbara Fryday for the lighting of a candle to begin the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence. The Vigil was conducted by Mrs Margaret Kingston, Diocesan Reader, on Saturday 29th November in Old St. Mary's.
St Mary's Church ~ Clonmel