Bishop embarks on ‘whistle stop’ sermon tour, fundraising for Feed the Minds and Mothers’ Union

Sep 12, 2017

Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, Michael Burrows, starts his rapid road tour today, 13 September 2017, to raise funds for Feed the Minds and Mothers’ Union.

Visiting 66+ church and schools during his ‘whistle stop’ tour, he will present a short sermon outside each chosen venue. Each 5-minute reflection will be based on a text from one of the 66 books of the Bible and will focus on the empowerment of women through literacy.

All money raised will go to Mothers’ Union and Feed The Minds’ women’s literacy projects in Ethiopia and the Congo via the Bishops’ Appeal Fund.

Women supported by our project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through an economic empowerment project implemented by our local partner, FEDA.
Women supported by a Feed the Minds’ project in the Democratic Republic of Congo, through an economic empowerment project implemented by local partner, FEDA.

Bishop Burrows undertakes what he calls ‘peregrinations’ every two years and previous events have included his one-day rapid rail trip ‘Stations at the Stations’, a cross-county vintage vehicle event and a church organ playing marathon across the Diocese that encompasses seven counties – Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow. The Bishop says:

“This is a journey, through all the books of the Bible, with an emphasis on what is often hidden – the presence and the role of women,”

“The tour is about getting out and about in the Diocese, reminding ourselves of how well off we are really, highlighting the value of education and the particular importance of educating women – as many have said ‘when you educate a woman you educate a family’.

“Particularly in the developing world, it is women who share the benefits of their education with their families, who work effectively for equality and opportunity and who together hasten the breaking in of the Kingdom of God.

“In this journey not only do we consider the gifts and potential of women as humans sharing the image of God, we also explore feminine imagery surrounding the divine.”

Route 66 will take place September 13 – 29 2017. Approximately 10 venues will be visited on each of seven days during that time.

Josephine Carlsson, Director of Feed the Minds, says:

“We want to thank Bishop Michael for his efforts to raise funds for Feed the Minds in this exciting and unique fundraising sermon tour, focusing on raising awareness of the value of education and especially the importance of women’s education too. This is an exciting opportunity both to raise funds and awareness, and we are very grateful to all the work that has been put into organising this event. The money raised will help our work reach more people living in marginalised and poor communities, helping them to transform their own lives through education.”

Find out more about Feed the Minds’ work here, or, if you would like to make a donation please see here.


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Photo: women supported by a Feed the Minds’ project in Uganda with our local partner, VAD, that is combating poverty through economic empowerment.