This is my final column for the Union of Catholic Mothers and I must confess it has not been easy for me, but I hope my personal thoughts on the wonderful feasts of Christmas and Easter have been enjoyable. I thank our media officer, Madelaine McDonald, and her predecessor, Ann Hogg, for their monthly articles.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the UCM chaplains I have served with over the past four years. A special word of thanks is due to Father Mark Madden for our pilgrimage to Holywell in the Year of Faith and also for our Mass at Canterbury Cathedral during the pilgrimage to Aylesford Priory in 2014. Thanks to Father David Potter, meanwhile, for your guidance and commitment to the UCM in your first year.
To the Archdiocesan Committee, I have been well blessed in having such experienced members to guide and advise me; you have made my time as president so special. Thank you to Kathy Davies, our minutes secretary for all she does and also to Kath Hunt, her predecessor. And congratulations to Cathy Lydon, from St Richard’s foundation, who was elected Archdiocesan secretary in February.
My most treasured memory of my time as president will always be the love, kindness and friendship that has been shown and given to me by all our members – may I pass on my love, prayers and gratitude in return.
Our Year of Mercy celebration started after the February business meeting when we processed through the Holy Door of Mercy for our penitential service, celebrated by Father David. Hopefully after our October business meeting we will be able to end our Year of Mercy devotions by passing through that same door and reciting the Holy Rosary.
Finally, may I offer my warmest wishes for a happy presidency to Maria Bruns. God bless.