File PHOTOS 0422 A B C D E F G H - Mothers' Union Banner photographs

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Mothers' Union Banner photographs

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CA PEI SPCA PHOTOS 0422 A B C D E F G H

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8 colour 10 x 15.25 cm photographs
Photos A, B, C have been scanned

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(1982-1995)

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The Mothers’ Union was founded in England in 1876 by Mary Sumner, who wanted to create an organization for women that built a network of rich and poor to support mothers to raise their children in Christian faith. By 1909, the Mothers’ Union had become the largest voluntary women’s organization in Britain. In 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted her royal patronage to the Mothers’ Union. In 1996, some 125 members of the Mothers’ Union became priests in the Church of England, following the Synod’s approval of the ordination of women.

The Prince Edward Island chapter of the Mothers’ Union was formed in March 1982. Among the activities undertaken by the local group included: hosting pancake breakfasts on the first day of Sunday School in early September; baking simnel cakes (a form of fruitcake) as part of Mothering Sunday; participating in the annual Christmas pageant; stitching needlepoint covers for church kneelers; organizing “Winter Games” events (evening gatherings of parishioners and others to play card games and board games in the church hall in winter); and holdings prayer sessions and meetings for members. The Mothers’ Union also provided support for refugees and newcomers to the Island and created a “link letters” activity comparable to “pen pals”. An Island-wide renewal meeting was held in November 1988. A major project for the Prince Edward Island chapter was the creation of a Mothers’ Union banner, which was unveiled on 24 May 1992. The banner still hangs in the church, as of 2020. Mothers’ Union activities began to decline as the Binney Group and Inglis Group became more active, eventually ceasing operations around 1995.

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The photographs from part of the collection brought together by St. Peter's Cathedral Archives volunteers.

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The photographs relate to the dedication of the Mothers' Union banner at St. Peter's Cathedral Church on 24 May 1992. The photographs numbered PHOTO 0422 were removed from Fonds 013: Mothers' Union Archives, Box 78, where they originally accompanied related programmes and a leaflet. Photo A shows the banner and Jennifer Witlessly and Rosemary Mathis holding flowers. Photo B Shows the banner and Gaie Orton and Annie Carter. Photo C shows the banner and is displayed here.

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PERMISSION FOR USE OTHER THAN RESEARCH PURPOSES IS REQUIRED FROM ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL ARCHIVES. QUESTIONS REGARDING COPYRIGHT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE USER.

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Canada

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