Commissioning of new Diocesan President of Connor MU

Wednesday April 24th 2013

New Connor MU Diocesan President Valerie Ash with Bishop Alan Abernethy at the Festival Service in St Anne's.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.
Valerie Ash (centre) is pictured following her commissioning as Connor MU President with the Rev Elizabeth Hanna (extreme left) and Alison Skillen who were also commissioned as office-bearers in Connor MU. With them is Bishop Alan Abernethy and the Rev Mark Taylor, rector of Whitehead, Mrs Ash's home parish.








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