The Union of Catholic Mothers

National Officers

Val Ward - National President
I am Val Ward and am from the Diocese of Shrewsbury.   In my UCM life, I have served as Parish President, Diocesan Secretary, Editor of The Catholic Mother Newspaper and National Vice President. I live on The Wirral Peninsular with my husband John and we have two sons, two daughters and nine young grandchildren. I am active in my Parish church of The Holy Apostles and Martyrs as Exraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Reader, Pastoral Co-Ordinator, Registrar of Marriage, CAFOD representative and am on the Diocesan Commission for Justice and Peace. If I have any spare time I enjoy reading, photography and walking.
 
 
 
 
 
Irene Mitchell - National Secretary

I am married with two children and five grandchildren; my grandchildren range from twenty two to six years. In my parish, I am an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist and compile the Rota for this Ministry; I also take Holy Communion to some of our elderly parishioners. I am now into my third year as National Secretary and thoroughly enjoying the role. Some of my time is spent answering queries, preparing for Conferences or meetings and then compiling Minutes, collating reports and sending them to all members, corresponding with other organisations and advising our members about various matters so that we are all up to date with current affairs. There are naturally many prayer requests and it is then that it is wonderful to feel the love and friendship of The Union of Catholic Mothers. I have made so many new friends through UCM and I thoroughly enjoy meeting our extended UCM family at National Council, Walsingham or at special UCM occasions.

 Angie Higginson - National Treasurer

My name is Angie Higginson and l am from Rossington in the Doncaster area of the Hallam Diocese. I was married to John for 20yrs before he died in 2012. I have a Daughter Lisa and son in law Don, l also have a grandson called Luke who is 8yrs old going on 88. (It surely has come to something when at his house l have to ask him to change channels on the TV for me). The role of National Treasurer has been a real challenge for me, and at times very worrying especially round the time of the year end, however, the more l do it the more l get used to it, so hopefully with the help of Our Blessed Lord and His Holy Mother I will be safe in their guidance.

 
    Maureen Mayers - Deputy National President

Having completed my term of office as National President, I am more than happy to support our N. P. as her Deputy. I belong to the happy and thriving foundation of St. Luke's Salford where my roots in UCM are and I am looking forward to involvement at grass root level again. Foundations are the bedrock of our organisation, where the joy and companionship of belonging to UCM is most apparent. My main hobbies are singing with the local choir, walking and keeping up with friends old & new. My eldest grandson had a masked "ball" for his 18th. I looked so much better with the mask on I am thinking of putting it on my list as a must have accessory!!

 
Anne Emblem National Vice President

I am a relative newcomer to the UCM. I thought that not being a mother precluded me from joining. However, during a parish pilgrimage to Rome in September 2005, whilst enjoying a glass of wine with some of the UCM ladies, I found this was not the case. I was invited to a meeting and give a talk (on the history of cosmetics) and that was all I needed to get myself immersed in this wonderful organisation of ours. Very soon I was 'promoted' to Foundation Treasurer, started to take an interest in Diocesan activities, and became Diocesan President for East Anglia in 2011. I thoroughly enjoy my UCM work and find it rewarding and fulfilling.

 
  Mary Piper National Vice President 

I have been married to Stephen for 45 years, and have three children and four grandchildren. I work 2 days a week as a Community Clinical Triage nurse, for local Rapid Response Team. I joined UCM 32 years ago and held many roles at all levels. This has given me many opportunities to meet members, make new friends and experience the wide range of activities within The Union of Catholic Mothers. In my Parish life, I am an Extraordinary Minister, Lead a Bereavement Group, am Parish representative for CAFOD and a member of our J and P Group. I am a part of the parish flower arranging team, and finally I am now the oldest Church cleaner in the parish, having done it for over 30 years!

 
 National Welfare Officer Brigid Hegarty

I have lived in London for the last 45 years. I am a retired nurse and have worked over 43 years in many of its various forms. My husband sadly died 18 years ago however I am fortunate to have 2 Sons and 4 Grandchildren. John & Emma have a boy & girl and live in Cardiff. James & Lucy have 2 girls and live in Stafford so visiting them regularly or them coming to visit me keeps me fairly busy. Prior to my appointment as National Welfare Officer, I was the Walsingham Co-ordinator for six years. Since I retired I have taken a greater interest in Art and now am free to pursue this by reading and visiting exhibitions and Art Galleries. I also enjoy watching sport on TV especially Rugby & Athletics; this comes naturally to me now having lived with 3 men, husband & sons for a long time!

 
 
 
 
 


 
 

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