Can you imagine what life must be like for a clergy spouse with a family in one of the northern dioceses, hundreds of miles from the nearest city? Even if her husband has a stipend, he has to administer to several parishes large distances apart. But what if she’s married to a non-stipendiary priest who has to hold down a second job to make a living? More often than not, all the income goes to essentials, which cost much more in these remote areas.
For several years, the Canadian Mothers’ Union has been helping clergy families through the Northern Clergy Families’ Fund. We receive donations not only from Mothers’ Union branches but also from Anglican Church Women branches, as well as individual churches. We are really delighted that the fund is growing each year, but clergy families in the North still need more support. www.mothersunioncanada.ca