Union of Catholic Mothers: February 2019

Mum’s the word

In November 2018 Val Ward, deputy national president of the Union of Catholic Mothers, and Margaret Kerbey, national treasurer, flew to Dakar in Senegal to represent us at the general assembly of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations.

The theme of the assembly was 'WUCWO, carriers of living water to a world which thirsts for peace'. One hundred Catholic women's organisations from 66 countries are WUCWO members and a broad range of topics were covered by people from places as varied as Peru and Australia, and Mali and the Holy See. Val and Margaret have produced a comprehensive report of the proceedings which has been circulated to all foundations, and we pass on our congratulations to Val who was elected as a WUCWO board member for 2018–22. She will now be able to present the views of UCM members on an international stage.

Now for something all of us could get into – namely Women's World Day of Prayer, to be celebrated on Friday 1 March across the globe. This year's official theme, titled 'Come, everything is ready', has been produced by women from Slovenia, one of the smallest and youngest countries in Europe. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to join together with other Christian groups in our area in a very positive way and if you would like to find a local group, and have access to a computer, the web address is:


Finally, Cath Rutherford, one of the UCM's national vice-presidents, has been representing us at the annual conference of the National Council of Women of Great Britain. She writes that 'their aim is to make women more interested in local, regional and national affairs and to get them more involved in decision-making'. Hear, hear!

See you at the business meeting at 1pm on Saturday 23 February at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

God bless,

Madelaine McDonald, media officer