Valerie Ash was commissioned as Diocesan President of Connor Mothers’ Union (MU) by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, during the recent MU Diocesan Festival Service in St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast.
Also commissioned at the service were the Rev Elizabeth Hanna, rector of St Nicholas, Belfast, to serve as Diocesan Faith and Policy Unit Coordinator and Alison Skillen as South Belfast Area Chair.
MU office–bearers and members from across the diocese were present in the cathedral, as was the newly–commissioned MU All Ireland President, Phyllis Grothier.
The new Diocesan President, who is a parishioner at Whitehead, said that although she had assumed a ‘daunting responsibility’ she was looking forward to the challenge ahead.
Mrs Ash succeeds Moira Thom who was Diocesan President in Connor for six years.