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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Stumpy - the President's Blog-Dog

Hello everyone and welcome to 2018 and to the Mothers’ Union Homepage. Isn’t it so exciting, there is just so much to read about in Mothers’ Union? The Homepage is just the launching pad, it is as you read all of the other information on our All-Ireland and Diocesan pages that you will realise just how much Mothers’ Union has to offer.

We enjoyed a family Christmas and my brother, Baxter, was home for almost two weeks. He is a city dog now but does love a change of scenery and getting his paws muddy! We were so excited when he arrived, it was almost as though we were puppies again. Everywhere seems a little flat now that he has gone back to Dublin, although it is good to have my chair back to myself. I had forgotten how much room he takes up and of course he does like to get to the food bowl first!

2018 will be a really interesting year in Mothers’ Union. MULOA is taking place right around the world. MULOA stands for “Mothers’ Union Listening, Observing, Acting” and is the name for a process which we are using to explore the essence of what it is to be Mothers’ Union, and how we can uniquely contribute to making a real difference to people’s lives.

We are listening to the voices of our members around the world and their communities to help us create our strategy beyond 2020. As a member-led global organisation, actively listening to the voices of our members to create a vision for the future that is grounded in our members, their views are fundamentally important.

The global MULOA process runs from Autumn 2017 through to Spring 2019 and will involve people at all levels of Mothers’ Union, the wider Church and communities, in exploring how Mothers’ Union can work more effectively together to bring lasting and holistic change.

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. Representatives from Ireland will be participating in the meeting from 6th to 9th February when they will join with delegates from Canterbury, Wales, Scotland and York.
  • Who are we as Mothers’ Union?
  • Whose lives are we touching and could/should be?
  • What difference are we making and could/should we be making in people’s lives?
  • How do we most effectively make that difference?

In essence it will make it much easier for us all to say “why Mothers’ Union?” in our local communities and the wider community .Please remember everyone involved in this process in your prayers, especially around the 6th to 9th February when Irish representatives will be joining with members from Canterbury, Wales, Scotland and York to share and move forward as we look to Follow in Mary Sumner’s Footsteps and support and encourage families through faith and action.

You can find out more about MULOA by going to

PS My New Year resolution: to be more active in keeping you up-to-date about MU and Phyllis!!

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!
Mothers' Union is an international Christian charity that seeks to support families of all faiths and none through practical outreach, prayer and advocating family friendly policies within both government and public life. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities.

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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