Our Diocese - Cashel, Ferns, Ossory Mothers' Union

Cashel, Ferns, Ossory Mothers' Union
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Our Diocese

The Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

The United Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory consists of the following Dioceses and Unions/Groups:

  • Diocese of Cashel ~ Cashel Union, Kilcooley & Fertagh Union and Templemore Union of Parishes

  • Diocese of Waterford ~ Waterford Union

  • Diocese of Lismore ~ Fiddown Union, Clonmel Union and Lismore Union

  • Diocese of Ossory ~ Castlecomer Union, Clonenagh Group, Kells Union with Inistioge, Kilkenny Union and Rathdowney Union

  • Diocese of Leighlin ~ Abbeyleix & Killmernogh Union, Baltinglass Group, Carlow Union, Killeshin Union, Dunleckney Union, Fenagh/Myshall/Aghade/Ardoyne Union, Kiltegan Group, Leighlin Union, Portlaoise & Ballyfin Union, Stradbally Union and Tullow Group

  • Ferns Diocese ~ Ardamine/Kilnamanagh/Monamolin Group, Bunclody Union, Enniscorthy & Monart Union, Ferns Union, Gorey Group, Killanne/Killegney Union, New Ross/Fethard Union, Tinahely/Carnew Union and Wexford/Kilscoran Union

Mothers' Union Branches in the Diocese

Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

      • Branches ~ Cashel, Lismore, Kilcooley/Fertagh and Templemore

      • Branches ~ Castlecomer, Kilkenny, Mountrath and Rathdowney

      • Branches ~ Abbeyleix, Ballyfin, Bagnelstown, Carlow, Kiltegan, Old Leighlin and Tullow

      • 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. A
ll 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
Christ Church, Gorey ~ May 2018

Cashel, Ferns, Ossory ~ Mothers' Union

Officers for 2021
  •            Diocesan President ~ Lesley Bayley
  •            Secretary ~  Margaret Jacob
  •            Diocesan Treasurer ~ Vacant
  •            Vice President FundRaising & Communication ~ Lilia Harper
  •            Vice President Finance & Central Services ~ Elizabeth Corrigan
  •            Vice President Action & Outreach ~ Naomi Besanson
  •            Vice President Faith & Policy ~ Revd. Margaret Sykes
  •            Unit Co-ordinators:
          • Faith & Policy ~ Elizabeth Johnston
          • Action & Outreach ~ Vacant
          • Fundraising & Communications ~ Margaret Jacob
          • Finance & Central Services ~ Joan Blake
  •            Social Policy Rep. ~ Linda Ward
  •            Overseas Rep. ~ Vacant
                 Indoor Members Represenatives:
          • Ossory ~ Linda Condell
          • Leighlin & Ferns ~ Cecily Jones
  •            Training Officer ~ Phyllis Grothier
  •            Young Families ~ Claudia Kidd
  •            P.R.O. ~ Vivien Black
  •           Website & COMUN ~ Margaret Jacob
  •            MU Enterprise Stall ~ Phyllis Foot
  •            Chaplain ~ Revd. Canon Ian Cruickshank
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 in 2107 and it is in Old Leighlin.
Frances Bradley & Margaret Sykes
with the New Diocesan Banner

The beautiful banner was created by Frances

Indoor Members

The Indoor members in the Diocese are looked after by Cecily Jones and Linda Condell. They keep in regular contact with indoor members sending them cards and letters on special occasions, visiting them and organising Afternoon Tea Parties.

Cecily very kindly hosted an Afternoon tea party for Indoor members in mid May. The afternoon was greatly enjoyed by all present.

See some photographs on the left

The Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain is also greatly valued by members in the Diocese. Names are included in prayers for a month unless the prayer chain is notified to the contrary.
The Prayer Chain is coordinated by the Faith & Policy coordinator, Elizabeth Johnston.

Please contact any officer in your Mothers' Union Branch if you wish to have someone remembered in the Prayer Chain, and they will pass on all of the details to a member of the Prayer Chain.

Festival Service 2020
Due to Covid 19 restrictions the 2020 Festival Service was a Virtual one which was recorded in thge grounds of trhe Bishop's House and went live on Mary Sumner Day, 9th August. The following trustees were commissioned by the Bishop at the service.
  • Lilia Harper ~ VP for Fundraising & Communication
  • Naomi Besanson ~ VP for Action & Outreach
  • Tania Hanan ~ Social Policy Representative
  • Phyllis Grothier ~ Training Officer
We wish them well in thgeir new roles in Mothers' Union in the Diocese.
Our thanks to Lesley Bayley, Diocesan President, for organising the service, Bishop Michael for facilitating the service and preaching and Margaret Hawkins, DCO, for all her work in producing and putting the service together for uploading onto the world wide web.

Ploughing 2019
Mothers' Union Baby Changing Facilities

This year our Diocese was responsible for organising the Baby Changing & Feeding Facilities at the Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow.

The facility, which is usually situated close to the bandstand, is greatly appreciated by the parents and guardians of babies and small children and it was very busy throughout the three days of the ploughing championships. Those who make use of the facility are all delighted to have a clean, safe environment in which to feed and change their child/children.

A great deal of preparation and organisation goes into providing this facility and we are very grateful to all those involved, especially Linda Ward who puts so much time, thought and effort into the facility. The organisers are also very grateful to all those both from our own Diocese and those from further afield who volunteered to help in the marquee.

A huge congratulations, thank you and well done to all involved ~ those who helped with organising and setting up, those who volunteered over the three days and those who helped to take down and clear up everything after the event. The feedback and lovely comments received from those who used the facility really make it all worthwhile.

Ploughing 2019

Above is a slideshow of pictures from the
Ploughing Championships

Subscriptions 2021

The Subscriptions for 2021 are due in the new year. Branch Treasurers should forward the money to the Diocesan Treasurer in January.
The breakdown of your subscription, the total of which is € 30, is as follows:
  • €22.50 for General Fund
  • €6.20 for Diocese
  • €1.30 for Diocesan Project    
NB. : Insurance for  Branch Activities is covered under your subscription
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