Canterbury Celebrates 140 years of the Mothers’ Union

25 April 2016

2016 is a very special year for Mothers’ Union as it celebrates 140 years of faithful service to families and communities. A service of celebration took place at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday 23 Aril at which the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover, preached.

The service also included the commissioning of Nikki Sweatman as Provincial President, of Marianna Poliszczuk as Diocesan President and of the Board of Trustees.

“The Province of Canterbury actually covers the southern part of the UK, Europe and Bermuda,” said Nikki. “Therefore the membership profile is very varied. By supporting marriage and family life, especially through times of adversity, we tackle the most urgent needs challenging relationships and communities”

“Mothers’ Union has a ‘can do’ attitude in this Diocese,” added Marianna. “Members help and give care in their-local communities every day while we also carry forward the aims of our founder Mary Sumner, supporting parents through national campaigns that strengthen family life against the commercialisation and early sexualisation of children in today’s UK society.”

Mothers’ Union has membership in each Diocese in the UK where the work varies according to local need. Click here to find out more and join Mothers’ Union and here for a more in depth picture of what’s happening in each area.

Whilst not covering Europe as a whole Mothers’ Union Europe does however encompass a wide geographical spread including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Italy, Malta and Gozo, Netherlands, Portugal and Madeira, Spain and the Canary Islands, and Switzerland. Click here to find out more.

“It was a huge privilege to celebrate this special anniversary,” said the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover and Bishop in Canterbury. “So much has changed in the last 140 years, but the work of Mothers’ Union is as precious and relevant as ever. Our communities have been enriched by this work and we look to the future with great expectations.”

Photos of the event are available online here.