Union of Catholic Mothers

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At the end of the 19th century there were many women's societies across Europe. In Tiverton, North Devon, a woman named Mrs Chichester decided to create a similar society to the Mothers Union but with a Catholic emphasis. With the help of her sister, Miss Berkeley, she drew up a scheme for the Union of Catholic Mothers. The UCM officially began in 1913, when the Catholic Women's League received a mandate from His Eminence Cardinal Bourne to form and organise a Union of Catholic Mothers.

In the twenty first century members continue to live out the aims and objectives. In 2013 the UCM celebrated its hundredth year with a Mass in Westminster Cathedral, attended by over 1000 members from dioceses around the country. It was particularly appropriate that our centenary coincided with Pope Benedict XVI Year of Faith, 'a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith'. The members of the UCM have been called to serve and share responsibility for the Church's mission and the need for the work of the UCM is vitally important in an increasingly secularised world.

Throughout its history the UCM has been involved with current affairs, particularly those that have an impact on the family. The National Committee ensures that members are kept informed about parliamentary activity and encourages members to exert pressure on matters that concern them.



1 To help Catholic women to appreciate the Sacramental character, responsibilities and permanence of marriage and to live in unselfish love observing the laws of God and His Church.

2 To assist them to bring up their children as practising Catholics and public-spirited citizens.

3 To teach and defend Christian values in family life and to ensure Catholic education for future generations.

4 To offer love, sympathy and practical help to the family in difficulty.

5 To foster vocations in life especially in Christian marriage and family life and in the priesthood and religious life.


If you would like to become involved with the parish UCM please contact the Parish Office on 0151 422 1772


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