Our vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful, and flourishing relationships.
To demonstrate the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture of the family in its many forms.
- To promote and support married life
- To encourage parents in their role to develop the faith of their children
- To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service
- To promote conditions in society favourable to stable family life and the protection of children
- To help those whose family life has met with adversity
Mothers' Union is firmly rooted in a voluntary ethos. Its governance, leadership, and programmes are driven by and undertaken through members around the world as they respond to God's call to faith and action.
- We believe in the value of each individual and their unique qualities
- We believe in the value of relationships. Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself."
- We believe in the value of the family in its many forms as a source of love and support for individuals and the basis for a caring community
As a Member or Friend of Mothers' Union you can:
Strengthen communities all over the worldHelp the most disadvantaged at homeShape how we advocate for the rights of familiesBuild supportive, loving relationshipsDevelop your own relationship with God
Mary Sumner ~ History of Mothers' Union
Mothers’ Union was founded by Mary Sumner. She wanted to create an organisation for women that brought together rich and poor to build a network that would support mothers of all kinds as they brought up their children in Christian faith.
Mary Sumner was a woman of deep faith, with a heart for prayer and a determination to make a difference in the lives of others. She listened to God and acted upon his call. Contrary to what is often assumed, she was an older woman, a Grandmother, when she took the first steps which eventually led to the establishment of Mothers’ Union. She was not a natural speaker, but quiet and diffident. However, her faith and resolve to follow God’s call to make a difference to families and society, laid the foundations for today’s worldwide movement.
Marriage and Family Life
Promote Christian marriage; Marriage preparation: Encourage parents and carers through Mothers' Union Parenting Groups: Running Parent and Toddler Groups; Volunteering in Child Contact Centres: Helping children and families feel welcome in Church.
Practical care in tough times
Caring for families in need; Working in partnership to support victims of domestic abuse, refugees, asylum, seekers and the homeless, etc;
Offering holidays to needy families; Befriending families of those in Prison.
Training Mothers' Union Workers in their local communities; Promoting Parenting and Literacy and Development; Initiating Family Life Programmes; Supporting Mothers’ Union Overseas and Relief Funds.
The Trustee Board of Mothers' Union
The Trustee Board of All-Ireland Mothers' Union is made up of the All-Ireland President, the four Vice-Presidents, the twelve Diocesan Presidents,
the four Unit Coordinators and the All-Ireland Honorary Treasurer
All-Ireland President: June Butler (Down & Dromore)
Vice-Presidents: Kay Clarke (Derry & Raphoe)
(with resposibility for Finance & Central Services)
Patsy Devoy (Cork, Cloyne & Ross)
(with responsibility for Faith & Policy)
Iris Suitor (Armagh)
(with responsibility for Action & Outreach)
Joy Gordon (Dublin & Glendalough)
(with responsibility for Fundraising & Communication)
Unit Coordinators: Kaye Nesbitt ~ Finance & Central Services
(Derry & Raphoe)
Clare Stewart ~ Action & Outreach
(Down & Dromore)
Beth Wortley ~ Faith & Policy
Margaret Jacob ~ Fundraising &
Communication (Cashel, Ferns & Ossory)
The Diocesan Presidents:
The Honorary Treasurer
Rev. Ken Rue (Dublin & Glendalough)