At the Prayer Breakfast in St Augustine’s Parish Church, organised by Mothers’ Union and hosted by Canon Malcolm Ferry to celebrate 130 Years of Mothers’ Union in Derry and Raphoe, Most Rev. Pat Storey, Bishop of Meath and Kildare returned to her former Parish as guest speaker.

Over 100 members from throughout the Diocese were welcomed by Mrs Mary Good President of Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union and Mrs Jacqui Armstrong, Co-ordinator of Faith and Policy and a wholesome and delicious breakfast was served by the gentlemen of St Augustine’s to members, who were able to relax, renew friendships and exchange news.

Moving to the adjoining church, internationally renowned harpist Tracey Mc Rory treated those assembled to three pieces of music which included one written to welcome a descendant of the O’ Neill clan back to Donegal, and a special piece and first rendition of one of her own compositions, “James” written to commemorate her great uncle Fr. James Mc Rory, who served as Chaplin in the First World War. She astounded members by producing the chalice used by him for services in the trenches.

Mrs Jacqui Armstrong gave a warm welcome back to St Augustine’s to Bishop Pat Story and invited her to address the assembled members. Having retraced her steps to her former Parish on Derry’s walls, Bishop Storey told members how shocked she had been at her appointment as Bishop of Meath and Kildare. She felt daunted by the challenge but has found it extremely rewarding, is happy and has adjusted well to the change.

On the theme Faith in Action, 13 decades of love and service, Bishop Storey encouraged members to put their Faith into Action. Acknowledging that no one goes through life without trials and tribulation she assured them that we only grow spiritually when we go through hardship and pain. The race of life takes perseverance, but dependence on Christ is how we finish well. Suggesting that one is incomplete without the other, Bishop Storey concluded with the phrase, “Faith without action is meaningless, action without faith is empty”, ringing in the ears of Mothers’ Union members.

In conclusion to a most enjoyable morning Mrs Mary Good thanked Bishop Storey and Tracey for their inspirational contributions and presented each with a gift.