This Saturday the 27th November, the Mothers’ Union gathered in the Cathedral Church of St. Mary the Virgin and St. John the Baptist for a prayer vigil to mark a Global day in response to the call for 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.
The service in Sligo was an opportunity to join with Mothers’ Union groups across the world to champion the cause of justice and to offer up our prayers for all who are affected by abuse and violence. During the service, three minutes of silence was held at 1:03. It is estimated that, globally, almost one in three women have been subject to intimate partner violence, non-partner sexual violence or both at least once in their life. The Mothers’ Union as a leading women’s organisation believe this disturbing figure to be unacceptable.
A prayer diary for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and Abuse can be found HERE
Another service will be held on Saturday 4th December in Virginia Parish Church at 3pm.
Back Row left to right
Rev Richard Waller, KEA MU Diocesan Chaplain
Mayor of Sligo, Cllr Arthur Gibbons
Cllr Marie Casserly
Hazel Speares, KEA MU Diocesan President
Bishop Kevin Doran, Roman Catholic Bishop of Elphin
Marlet Hunter, KEA MU Social Policy Rep
Deputy Frank Feighan, TD
Mary Geelan, KEA MU Faith and Policy Unit Co-Ordinator
Rev Jeremy Nicholl, Methodist Minister, Sligo
Canon Patrick Bamber, Calry Church of Ireland