All Ireland Triennial Conference 2023
A Connor Mothers’ Union team recently attended the triennial All Ireland Mothers’ Union Conference in An Grianian, Termonfeckin from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March. The conference was previously planned for March 2020 but due to Covid-19, it was postponed. The team comprised Sally, Diocesan President, Irene, Diocesan Secretary, Joyce, Faith & Policy Coordinator and Mid Connor Area Chair, Melanie, Action & Outreach Young Members Contact, Moira, Fundraising & Communication Vice President, Alberta, Finance & Administration Vice President, Cathy, All Ireland Social Policy Representative (Northern), and Wendy, Action & Outreach Unit Coordinator and All Ireland Young Member’s Representative (Northern).
The weekend was entitled Reimagining Mothers’ Union and the team heard from various speakers including The Most Rev John McDowell, Primate of All Ireland, Stephanie Nunn, Head of Membership Mothers’ Union, The Ven Dr Stephen McBride, All Ireland Mothers’ Union Chaplain, The Rev Canon Dr Maurice Elliott, Director of CITI, The Rev Canon Katherine Poulton, Julianstown Union of Parishes, Sheran Harper, Mothers’ Union Worldwide President.
Along with members of the Mothers’ Union from throughout the length and breadth of Ireland the team took part in various workshops, talks and acts of worship. The weekend was a brilliant time of fellowship and fun and everyone got the chance to share their thoughts and ideas for the Mothers’ Union going forward.
Gracious God, we put our trust in you. Give us open hearts and minds to discern your perfect direction for our Mothers’ Union: Affirm us in your love that we may be bold to seek your face. Strengthen us with resolve to embrace new ways with confidence. Unite us in heart and mind that we may move forward with gladness. Inspire us in our faith that all things are possible with God. Transform us into a people empowered by the spirit, overflowing with hope, to effectively serve our communities. Amen.