Welcome to Cashel, Ferns & Ossory Mothers' Union.
There was a great sense of sadness all across the Diocese as news came on Thursday 4th September of the death of our Diocesan President, Maureen. Maureen was elected as our President and took up office in January 2013. She was commissioned at the Festival Service in St. Mary’s Church, Inistioge on 15th May. She was full of excitement about the challenge of the office and came to her first Council meeting full of new ideas and was determined that we should all share her enthusiasm and promote Mothers’ Union with fresh energy! I think some of us were wondering would we be able to keep up with her and carry out all her ideas! Maureen’s illness curtailed her plans in a most cruel way and she never had the opportunity to put them into operation. In the brief period following her chemotherapy Maureen was able to be out and about to a small extent as she built up her strength.
She was thrilled to be able to pay a short visit to Council as we met in Leskinfere in April, and also to join with Trustees at a lunch in June, and she was hoping to be back in office in September, but when her cancer returned so aggressively that was not to be. Maureen put up such a brave fight against her leukaemia and almost to the end she hoped that she would be well enough to attend the Festival Service on Sunday 7th. She had seen a draft of the Order of Service and been delighted with the choice of hymns and that we were observing the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the readings and Collect of that day. Her funeral service in St.Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny on Saturday 6th September was moving and inspirational. The number of Mothers’ Union members, together with the Guild of Readers joining with the large congregation showed the respect in which she was held by so many people. We thank God for Maureen, for all that she did for Mothers’ Union and we pray that we will be inspired by her witness to continue to strive to “be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.”
With our love to you all Margaret, Angela, Linda and Janet. (Diocesan Vice Presidents)