The Worldwide President of Mothers’ Union, Lynne Tembey, and the organisation’s All-Ireland President, Phyllis Grothier, visited Londonderry today to attend an MU Way Service in St Columb’s Cathedral, which celebrated ’13 Decades of Love and Service’ in Ireland. Their visit was hosted by the Diocesan President of Mothers’ Union, Mary Good.
The Service at St Columb’s was led by the new Dean of Derry, Very Rev Raymond Stewart, and the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good. In attendance were the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, Mrs Jean Davidson (representing the Lord Lieutenant for the County Borough of Londonderry, Dr Angela Garvey) past Diocesan Presidents of the MU and members of more than 40 MU branches from across the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe.
During the Service, 13 toys – one for each decade of MU in Ireland – were blessed and dedicated by Dean Stewart, and presented by Mrs Good to Foyle Contact Centre.
For the first day in almost a fortnight there was persistent rainfall but, after the service, members of the congregation defied the elements and walked to the city’s Guildhall – via the historic city walls – for a Mayoral reception. Afterwards they crossed the iconic Peace Bridge to visit Ebrington.
(Photo from the roof of St Columb's Cathedral reproduced with the kind permission of Mark Lusby of thederrywalls.com)