Marriage and Family Life


Bishop Michael Burrows is off on a journey around Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Diocese to raise funds for adult literacy projects in Africa.

(Photo shows Bishop Michael with Phyllis Grothier, All-Ireland President and Rev Margaret Sykes DP of C,F&O at the launch of Route 66)

Read all about his plans here

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To Celebrate 130 years of Mothers’ Union in Ireland Dublin & Glendalough Dioceses ran a Logo Competition to celebrate “13 Decades of Love & Service 1887-2017”. Congratulations to the winning design by Elizabeth Moody

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Stumpy - the President's Blog-Dog

Hello everyone,

Do you know Phyllis has been out and about so much that she hardly had time to tell ME what she was up to – never mind giving me a chance to share her travels with you! However, as most of her travels involve meeting members, perhaps you have seen more of her than I have!

The Womens’ Getaway in Sligo, organised by the Action and Outreach team, was a magnificent success. It was a sell-out and there was just so much going on! Desert Island discs, Gospel Singing Workshop, Zumba, Craft making, prayer and reflection and a wonderful keynote speaker, Alice Leadbetter, who was so impressed with the work and support offered by Mothers’ Union that she ran the London Marathon in order to raise funds for the organisation. Alice and her Mum, Susan, travelled from Ely Diocese to share with members. Mary Good, Diocesan President of Derry and Raphoe facilitated the event. Watch this space for next year’s Getaway and make sure you book your place early!

Clontribret Branch is the first recorded in the Diocese of Clogher and members gathered on 7th November to plant a Mountain Ash tree in the grounds of the church to mark ‘13 Decades of Love and Service’. It was a very special and joyful occasion and the tree, which is beautifully situated, will become a landmark for all who pass and a valuable reminder that Mothers’ Union is deeply rooted both in faith and the future.

Cork, Cloyne and Ross held their Diocesan Council on 11th November. It was held in Northridge House, St. Luke’s Home, in Cork City. The Anniversary tree was planted in the grounds of the Home which was so special as Mothers’ Union members have always had a special love and care for St. Luke’s.

Phyllis says that November is the time when everyone begins to hear the tinkle of the tills as consumerism hits a new high in the lead up to Christmas. She is no kill-joy and is happy to see the shop windows and shopping malls take on the mantle of Christmas. Times such as this, however, can put ever more pressure on families, remembering especially those families who cannot access the basic need of having a roof over their heads and enough food to go on the table. Phyllis remembers the story of a child who, when they saw the crib complete with infant Jesus said “we keep Baby Jesus in the attic”.

The Baby Jesus grew up and went about listening to the people, sharing in the pain and hardship of their lives and offering them support and healing. Mothers’ Union, as a local and global organisation, is ensuring, through our members, that the message of compassion given by Jesus is being shared without fear of it gathering dust in the attic.

In November, Mothers’ Union members throughout every diocese come together to hold vigils in support of those who suffer through Gender Based Violence and indeed all forms of abuse and violence. This time of prayer, intercession and reflection is combined with practical support by supplying basic supplies for Women’s Refuges and Centres. Information on the venues around the country are on the Diary Page of this website – find one near you and please, please do come and help Mothers’ Union to raise awareness of the pain suffered by so many.

Bye for now,


Stumpy Archive
For new readers:
Stumpy is the faithful pet of Phyllis Grothier, All-Ireland President. The result of an unfortunate liaison and the ‘eeniest’ of the litter, she was named to reflect both her runt-like size and her determined personality and so Phyllis decided she was too small to face an uncaring world. Stumpy has the tenacity of a Bulldog, her father’s wanderlust and her mother’s refusal to step back from any situation. In other words…the perfect mascot for a MU President!


Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone
Mothers’ Union in Sierra Leone is responding to the needs of thousands affected by the mudslides that hit the country’s capital, Freetown. Scores of people have been killed and many people are still missing.

Head of Development and Policy, Nicola Lawrence, has said, “This is a terrible tragedy that has hit a country only just getting back on its feet after the Ebola crisis. We are in regular contact with Mothers’ Union in Freetown and monitoring how we can support their efforts further and in the long-run. In the meantime, we are praying for all those who have been affected.”

A prayer for all those affected by the recent mudslides in Sierra Leone.

Lord, we pray for all affected by the mudslide in Sierra Leone: For those bereaved or physically harmed we pray for your comfort; for those left homeless and in practical need we pray for your provision; for those involved in the clean up and rescue we pray for your strength. Just as you heard the psalmist’s cries for rescue from the mire, please answer our prayers for your people in crisis. In your mercy and grace


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Our members are not all mothers, or even all women, but are single, married, parents, grandparents or young adults who are just beginning to express their social conscience. For all 4.1 million members in 83 countries what Mothers' Union provides is a network through which they can serve Christ in their own community through prayer, financial support and actively working at grassroots level in programmes that meet local needs. Readmore


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