Celebrating 130 years of MU in Ireland
The piece of stained glass which was dedicated by Archbishop Jackson in Christ church Cathedral, Dublin. The central image of the piece is a tree with 13 Branches representing 13 decades of MU in Ireland and completes the project when trees were planted in all twelve dioceses. We planted trees in order to acknowledge Mothers’ Union rooted in prayer and faith and reaching out to our communities through our Branches and members.
Irene Boyd Diocesan President
DIOCESAN PRESIDENT REMARKS FOR WEBSITE
The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide organization upholding the theme ‘Christian Care for Families’ and that attracted me to join this Christian organization.
I found fellowship and friendship with like minded people who encouraged participation in the organization and to look beyond to the needs of people in the community, in Ireland and around the world. The MU branch organized interesting speakers who addressed issues facing women in the modern world and the Diocese Trustees organized events where members and their friends and families could meet together to celebrate and share friendship.
After 130 years in Ireland, MU continues to have over 7 thousand members who enjoy fun and fellowship as they meet together in local groups around the island as well as encouraging Diocesan events to bring members together.
In the Clogher Diocese I have been asked to serve over 700 members as their President and to encourage the growth and ongoing work of the organization using the following three strands:
So look at the website read and view the photographs of what is happening in the Diocese and find out where the nearest MU Branch meets. Then come along and join in the fellowship and friendship.
All Ireland President June Butler
Happy and Blessed New Year to all our members and friends of Mothers’ Union in Ireland! January 2019 is the beginning of a new triennium which will bring change, and – as we all know from experience – change in itself may be challenging. Before I say anything more, I must pay tribute to Phyllis Grothier who is stepping down as All Ireland President after six years. She has been a wonderful and inspirational leader so rooted in her faith and calm in all situations. Phyllis will be such a hard act for me to follow.
There are also changes in our constitution, a new trimmed Worldwide Trustee Board (on which I will sit as the Zonal Trustee for Ireland) and, of course, a new Worldwide President – Sheran Harper from Guyana. I am really looking forward to working with her over the next three years.
To read more click on the link http://www.mothersunion.ie
Our annual theme for this year is “Listen, observe, act – in step with God” and we would like to hear how you’ll be getting involved. Download all our free resources here: https://tinyurl.com/yatru39v and tell us what your branch is doing to build faith for the future.
As a member-led global organisation we are actively listening to the voices of our members to create a vision for the future that is grounded in their views and their experiences within their communities. This will help us create our strategy beyond 2020.
There will be a series of regional meetings aiming to reach and hear from all of the 600+ dioceses in which Mothers’ Union works today, to help us answer some recurring questions we have been hearing:
- Who are we as Mothers’ Union?
- Whose lives are and could/should we be touching?
- What difference are and could/should we be making in people’s lives?
- How do we most effectively make that difference?
From the process, a clear framework and direction for Mothers’ Union globally will emerge that reflects the realities of local communities and facilitates mutual and external accountability. We will identify key priorities for our policy, our programmes, and our faith work, and commit to sharing information on the impact of these across the movement.