Our Diocese - Cashel, Ferns, Ossory Mothers' Union

Cashel, Ferns, Ossory Mothers' Union
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Our Diocese

The Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

The United Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory consists of the following Dioceses and Unions/Groups:

  • Diocese of Cashel ~ Cashel Union, Kilcooley & Fertagh Union and Templemore Union of Parishes

  • Diocese of Waterford ~ Waterford Union

  • Diocese of Lismore ~ Fiddown Union, Clonmel Union and Lismore Union

  • Diocese of Ossory ~ Castlecomer Union, Clonenagh Group, Kells Union with Inistioge, Kilkenny Union and Rathdowney Union

  • Diocese of Leighlin ~ Abbeyleix & Killmernogh Union, Baltinglass Group, Carlow Union, Killeshin Union, Dunleckney Union, Fenagh/Myshall/Aghade/Ardoyne Union, Kiltegan Group, Leighlin Union, Portlaoise & Ballyfin Union, Stradbally Union and Tullow Group

  • Ferns Diocese ~ Ardamine/Kilnamanagh/Monamolin Group, Bunclody Union, Enniscorthy & Monart Union, Ferns Union, Gorey Group, Killanne/Killegney Union, New Ross/Fethard Union, Tinahely/Carnew Union and Wexford/Kilscoran Union

Mothers' Union Branches in the Diocese

Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

  • CASHEL ~ Vice President - Vacant
      • Branches ~ Cashel, Lismore, Kilcooley/Fertagh and Templemore

  • OSSORY ~ Vice President - Linda Ward
      • Branches ~ Castlecomer, Kilkenny, Mountrath and Rathdowney

  • LEIGHLIN ~ Vice President - Vacant
      • Branches ~ Abbeyleix, Ballyfin, Bagnelstown, Carlow, Kiltegan, Old Leighlin and Tullow

  • FERNS ~ Vice President - Lesley Bayley
      • Branches ~ Ardamine/Kilnamanagh, Ballycanew/Leskinfere/Monamolin, Bunclody, Enniscorthy, Ferns, Gorey, Killanne/Killegney, New Ross/Fethard-on-Sea and Wexford

You may become a Member of Mothers' Union by joining one of the Branches listed above or by becoming a Diocesan Member. All contact details are available from the Diocesan Secretary, Margaret Jacob

New Trustees who were commissioned at the Festival Service
St. Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny ~ May 2017

Officers for 2017-2020
  •            Diocesan President ~ Revd. Margaret Sykes
  •            Secretary ~  Margaret Jacob
  •            Diocesan Treasurer ~ Elizabeth Johnston
  •            Vice President Ossory ~ Linda Ward
  •            Vice President Cashel ~ Vacant
  •            Vice President Leighlin ~ Vacant
  •            Vice President Ferns ~ Lesley Bayley
  •            Unit Co-ordinators:
          • Faith & Policy ~ Rev. Canon Barbara Fryday
          • Action & Outreach ~ Vacant
          • Fundraising & Communications ~ Margaret Jacob
          • Finance & Central Services ~ Joan Blake
  •            Social Policy Rep. ~ Vacant
  •            Overseas Rep. ~ Pearl Olsen
  •            Media Representative ~ Mary Catherine Compton
  •            Indoor Members Represenatives:
          • Ossory ~ Linda Condell
          • Leighlin & Ferns ~ Cecily Jones
  •            Training Officer ~ Joan Blake
  •            Young Families ~ Claudia Kidd
  •            P.R.O. ~ Vivien Black
  •            Secretary to Trustees ~ Violet Deacon
  •            Chaplain ~ Revd. Canon Mark Hayden
A Brief History of The Mothers' Union

The Mothers Union was formed in 1876 by Mary Sumner whose husband was Rector in Winchester at the time, and later became a Bishop. The organisation spread quickly, as many of the ladies involved, were army officers wives and when they went abroad started branches.

The first Mothers Union Branch in Ireland was formed in Raheny in 1887, by the Rector's wife Mrs Annabella Hayes in affiliation with Winchester Diocese.  In 1901 the Bishop and Mrs Sumner visited Ireland.

The oldest Branch in The United Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory is Wexford Branch where early records state that a Branch was formed in 1892 with a membership of five. This was prior to setting up a Diocesan organisation in 1904, so the Branch was affiliated to Dublin. The next two Branches which were formed in the United Diocese were Lismore in 1894 and Kilkenny in 1895.

A new Diocesan Banner was designed and made by Frances Bradley when the United Diocese was named Cashel, Ferns, Ossory. The Banner was dedicated at the Festival Service in Enniscorthy in May 2015.

The latest Branch was formed only this year, 2017, and it is in Old Leighlin.
Frances Bradley & Margaret Sykes
with the New Diocesan Banner

Subscriptions 2018

The Subscriptions for 2018 are due in the new year. Branch Treasurers should forward the money to Elizabeth Johnston, Diocesan Treasurer, in January.
The breakdown of your subscription, the total of which is € 34, is as follows:
€22.00 for General Fund
€7.50 for Diocese
€1.50 for Diocesan Project
€ 3.00 for COMUN    
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