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All Ireland Commissioning Service

St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral  in Armagh,  welcomed Mothers’ Union members to the Festival Service and Commissioning for all Ireland Trustees

The service of Choral Evensong was on the 27th February 2022, where the Dean of Armagh Cathedral, the Very Rev. Shane Forster, greeted members and friends from dioceses around Ireland.

The Diocese of Clogher was represented by Irene Boyd, Myrtle Allen, Jennifer Leathem, Yvonne Donaldson and Barbara Clarke.

 

Archbishop John McDowell commissioned several members, Mrs June Butler, for her second term as All Ireland President of the Mothers’ Union and All Ireland Trustees, Joy Gordon, Hazel Speares, Margaret Jacob, Clare Stewart, Mavis Thompson, Ada Lawson and Ann Howard.  All Ireland treasurer Rev. Ken Rue and Mrs Iris Suitor, the newly elected Zonal Trustee for Ireland, received an official welcome.

 

The Mothers’ Union theme for 2022 is ‘Transformation – Now!’  The New Testament reading was St Luke 19 v 1-10.  This is a very well-known Bible story about Zacchaeus, who climbed a sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus.  Archbishop McDowell spoke regarding Jesus giving hospitality and receiving hospitality.  Jesus lays the foundation to transform lives and he welcomes everyone with abundance and generosity.  Archbishop McDowell challenged us to be truly welcoming to all those we meet.

 

The quality of singing from the choir was heartening and encouraged the congregation to sing along, which added a comforting atmosphere to the service, so thank you to the choir and organist.

 

After the service many members gathered at the Armagh City Hotel for food and fellowship.  It was a wonderful occasion and brought a sense of hope that normality was returning.

'Global Day' Enniskillen & Monaghan

As part of the Global Day of Action against domestic abuse and sexual violence, a service of worship was held on Saturday 27 November 2021  in St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen.

The opening welcome, “As we raise our voices on behalf of the voiceless, we also raise our voices in worship and intercession to our loving righteous God,” began a meaningful and challenging service with over 60 Mothers’ Union members and friends attending. The service was led by the Very Revd Canon Kenneth Hall, the organist was Mrs Diane Simpson and a reflection was given by the Right Revd Dr Ian Ellis, Bishop of Clogher.

Taking part in readings and prayers were Revd Charles Eames, Caroline Watterson, Norma Scott ,Harriett Kirkpatrick, Valerie McMorris, and Sally Masterson. Some words from a hymn sung summed up the message conveyed to all who gathered “God of the poor, friend of the weak, give us compassion we pray: melt our cold hearts, let tears fall like rain; come, change our love from a spark to a flame.”

Members of the Trustee Board took part in the act of action for ‘No more one in 3’ where they wore purple scarves and stood in silence for 3 minutes before removing their scarves.

Women’s Aid worker Kerrie gave a moving and informative message about the work being done by the charity. She mentioned the thoughts and experiences of women who, as they face leaving their home or attending court appointments, are reminded of the loving acts of those who contributed clothing and toiletries to support the charity. The aroma of bath salts and the warm feel of PJs, scarf and gloves bring so much comfort at a time of trauma. They do not know who contributed these items but these loving gifts have made a difference to them. The charity was overwhelmed by the outstanding generosity of Mothers’ Union members who contributed items for emergency packs for women.

Local MLA Deborah Erskine attended and visited the Women’s Aid centre afterwards to share her support for this campaign.

As part of the Global Day of Action against domestic abuse and sexual violence, a service of worship was held on Saturday 27 November 2021  in St Patrick’s Church, Monaghan.

The opening welcome, “As we raise our voices on behalf of the voiceless, we also raise our voices in worship and intercession to our loving righteous God,” began a meaningful and challenging service with Mothers’ Union members and friends attending. The service was led by The Revd Chancellor Ian Berry.

Mothers’ Union Members Linda Keating, Jennifer Leathem, Dorothy Adams, Margaret Howe, Audrey Hill and Barbara Clarke participated through readings and prayers.

The reflection by Reverend Elaine Dunn spoke on Gathering together to end Gender Based Violence. Mothers’ Union is part of a worldwide campaign in raising awareness of, and call for an end to, gender-based violence.

Siobhan McKenna talked about the role of Tearmann Domestic Abuse Services in Monaghan and described that One in four women in Ireland experience abuse in their relationship.  Siobhan thanked the Mothers’ Union members for their continued support and generous donations to Tearmann.

Members of the MU Trustee Board came forward wearing scarves

in a 3 minutes silence from 1.00 to 1.03, in fitting with the theme of #NOMORE1in3.

 

'Words of wisdom'

Armagh City Hotel was the venue for the Mothers’ Union Women’s Weekend 2019. The theme for the weekend was ‘Words of Wisdom’ and the speakers were the inspirational Bishop Ken Clarke and his wife Helen.

Friday night started with a Reception with the Lord Mayor Mella Campbell in Palace Stable. The Lord Mayor spoke eloquently about the history of Palace Stable and the ladies were delighted to be able to visit the Chapel. After dinner everyone participated in Ceilidh Dancing.

The 180 ladies attending on Saturday had the pleasure of listening to Bishop Ken Clarke speaking on the Book of Proverbs and his wife Helen spoke movingly on ‘Love for Life’.

The ladies participated in a Scavenger Hunt, Keep Fit and listened intently on how to De-stress our busy lives. The weekend was a great success enabling everyone to have fun and friendship.

MULOA (Mothers' Union Listening, Observing and Acting)

The Clogher Diocesan Mothers’ Union held meetings to explore the MU theme for 2019 – Listen, Observe and Act in step with God. 

 

The meetings took place on the following dates in the following venues:  

  • Tuesday 5 February 2019 in St Patrick’s Church Hall, Monaghan
  • Wednesday 20 February 2019 in Colebrooke Church of Ireland Hall
  • Thursday 28 February 2019 in St Macartin’s Cathedral Hall, Enniskillen

Women's Weekend 2018 'Stepping Out in Faith'

‘Stepping Out in Faith’ Women’s Weekend in the Cavan Crystal Hotel’, 12th & 13th October 2018. 

Speakers were Archdeacon Andrew Forster and Mrs Heather Foster. 

Clogher ladies had a very enjoyable time.

 

Coffee Morning 11th August 2018

On Saturday 11th August, the Trustee Board of Clogher Dioceses Mothers’ Union, organised a Vintage Coffee Morning in Enniskillen Cathedral Hall.  The founder of Mothers’ Union was Mary Sumner and the date of the coffee morning marked the date of Mary’s death in 1921.  members of the Trustee Board dressed in the style of Mary Sumner’s era and tea and coffee was served in vintage china.

Tree Planting

As part of the 13 Decades of Love and Service a commemorative tree was planted in the Church grounds of Clontibret Parish Church in recognition of the first parish to have a Mothers’ Union branch in the Clogher Diocese.

Prayer Vigil 2017

The prayer vigil took place in Lisbellaw Parish Church. 

MU Training Day

This training has been organised to provide up-to-date and relevant training particularly targeting those who have recently been appointed to the offices for the next 3 years and to encourage and provide support for those continuing in office for another 3 years.  The training for the treasurers will comply with the charity legislation.  It also will provide a forum for discussion, among office holders in the Branches, where sharing of ideas, encouragement in the work and challenges for the future can be addressed.