Branches ~ Ardamine/Kilnamanagh, Ballycanew/Leskinfere/Monamolin, Bunclody, Enniscorthy, Ferns, Gorey, Killanne/Killegney, New Ross/Fethard-on-Sea and Wexford
You may become a Member of Mothers' Union by joining one of the Branches listed above or by becoming a Diocesan Member. All contact details are available from the Diocesan Secretary, Margaret Jacob
New Trustees who were commissioned at the Festival Service
St. Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny ~ May 2017
Officers for 2017-2020
Diocesan President ~ Revd. Margaret Sykes
Secretary ~ Margaret Jacob
Diocesan Treasurer ~ Elizabeth Johnston
Vice President Ossory ~ Linda Ward
Vice President Cashel ~ Vacant
Vice President Leighlin ~ Patricia Coleman
Vice President Ferns ~ Lesley Bayley
Faith & Policy ~ Rev. Canon Barbara Fryday
Action & Outreach ~ Vacant
Fundraising & Communications ~ Margaret Jacob
Finance & Central Services ~ Joan Blake
Social Policy Rep. ~ Vacant
Overseas Rep. ~ Pearl Olsen
Media Representative ~ Mary Catherine Compton
Indoor Members Represenatives:
Ossory ~ Linda Condell
Leighlin & Ferns ~ Cecily Jones
Training Officer ~ Joan Blake
Young Families ~ Claudia Kidd
P.R.O. ~ Vivien Black
Secretary to Trustees ~ Violet Deacon
Chaplain ~ Revd. Canon Mark Hayden
A Brief History of The Mothers' Union
The Mothers Union was formed in 1876 by Mary Sumner whose husband was Rector in Winchester at the time, and later became a Bishop. The organisation spread quickly, as many of the ladies involved, were army officers wives and when they went abroad started branches.
The first Mothers Union Branch in Ireland was formed in Raheny in 1887, by the Rector's wife Mrs Annabella Hayes in affiliation with Winchester Diocese. In 1901 the Bishop and Mrs Sumner visited Ireland.
The oldest Branch in The United Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory is Wexford Branch where early records state that a Branch was formed in 1892 with a membership of five. This was prior to setting up a Diocesan organisation in 1904, so the Branch was affiliated to Dublin. The next two Branches which were formed in the United Diocese were Lismore in 1894 and Kilkenny in 1895.
A new Diocesan Banner was designed and made by Frances Bradley when the United Diocese was named Cashel, Ferns, Ossory. The Banner was dedicated at the Festival Service in Enniscorthy in May 2015.
The latest Branch was formed only this year, 2017, and it is in Old Leighlin.
Frances Bradley & Margaret Sykes
with the New Diocesan Banner
General Synod 2018
The General Synod of the Church of Ireland took place in Armagh from 10th - 12th May. There was a large number of Mothers' Union members representing the Diocese at Synod. At the General Meeting in Edinburgh last autumn there was a very poignant display of shoes with captions telling the story of each pair. This was replocated at Synod by Mothers' Union and pictures of the displays can be seen in the slideshow to your left.
The Right Revd. Michael Burrows book "Route 66 - Empowering women through Literacy "~ Short reflections from each book of the Bible was launched at Synod by The Very Revd. Maria Jansson, Dean of Waterford Cathedral.
COMUN, our Diocesan Magazine, won first prize in the Media Awards for a publication by an Affiliated Organisation.
FESTIVAL SERVICE 2018
The 2018 Festival Service took place in Christ Church Gorey on Wednesday 16th May. The Service and refreshments afterwards were very kindly hosted by Gorey / Hollyfort Mothers' Union. The special preacher at the Service was the Very Revd. Tom Gordon, Dean of St. Laserian's Cathedral.
We were delighted to have the Right Revd. Bishop Michael Burrows, All Ireland President - Phyllis Grothier, Diocesan Press Officer - Margaret Hawkins and our Diocesan President, Revd. Margaret Sykes present at the service.
The following were also commissioned at the service:
Canon Mark Hayden ~ Mothers' Union Chaplain
Patricia Coleman ~ Vice President Leighlin Area
Claudia Kidd ~ Young Families Representative
Following the service Phyllis presided over the Diocesan launch of "ROUTE 66 ~ Empowering women through literacy" ( Short reflections from each book of the Bible) by Michael Burrows.
Thank you to everyone who put so much though and effort into the service, to Henry Percival for playing the organ, the Fun/Fellowship Choir who led the singing and a particular word of thanks to all who provided the refreshments after the service.
FESTIVAL SERVICE 2018
Above is a slideshow of pictures from the Festival Service
in Christ Church Gorey ~ 16th May 2018
The Subscriptions for 2018 are due in the new year. Branch Treasurers should forward the money to Elizabeth Johnston, Diocesan Treasurer, in January.
The breakdown of your subscription, the total of which is € 34, is as follows: