The Annual Service of Mothers Union took place this year in Donacavey Parish Church, Fintona. As usual branch banners were carried, along with the Diocesan Banner.
The Rev Canon John W Stewart, retiring as Diocesan Chaplain after eleven years, handed over to the Rt Rev John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher the new Chaplain.
Mrs Geraldine Beattie, MU President, on behalf of the MU in the Diocese made a presentation to Canon Stewart. She spoke of the support he had been, not only to her but to the members in the Diocese. The Bishop presented Canon Stewart with a plaque in recognition of his Services to MU over the past 11 years and indeed since he came to the Diocese in 1985.
In reply Canon Stewart spoke of the many interesting people he had met from around the world as well as within the diocese. It had been a privilege to have been invited to be diocesan chaplain and during his time of office he had enjoyed visiting Mary Sumner House, London, and the Chaplainís Conference. He had also attended a World Wide Conference which broadened his experience, not only of Mothersí Union but the Anglican Communion. He expressed his gratitude to Mothersí Union for their kind gifts and wished them much blessing under the spiritual leadership of their new Chaplain.
The Rector of the Parish, Rev John Marsburg welcomed everyone present. The Service was conducted by Canon Stewart and Bishop McDowell preached the sermon. Occasional Prayers were read by Dr Margaret Knox. The lessons were read by Dorothy Adams, Vice-President of the Action and Outreach Unit and the President, Geraldine Beattie.
During the Service, the Bishop dedicated a Prayer Book, the prayers were donated by Mothersí Union members. The printing of the book was funded with part legacy of the Helen Jackson bequest to All-Ireland Mothersí Union.
This prayer book is for each member and it is hoped that it will be placed in the hospital, doctors surgeries, dental practices etc.