MU Diocesan President of the Diocese of Armidale
"....I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains, of rugged mountain ranges, of drought and flooding rains..."
These words, penned by Dorothea MacKellar long ago still aptly describe the country of the Armidale Diocese.
An area of roughly 180,000 sq.kms, the diocese sits in the North of NSW, between the Great Dividing Range and the Pilliga Forest.
Most people in the region are engaged in some agricultural pursuit, with wheat growing, cattle and fine-wool sheep raising the main products. Lightning Ridge, our western-most town, is world famous for its opals while Armidale, the seat of the diocese, is a university town as well as being the centre of the fine wool industry.
86 registered MU members; women and men, old and young. Most belong to the branches in Armidale, Tamworth and Inverell, with a small group of members also in Warialda. Plus Diocesan members.
“Life in rural Australia can be difficult and lonely, but as has been the case since the first MU branch opened in the parish of Uralla in 1895, MU members continue to seek to support one another, their
churches and their communities in the development and
strengthening of marriage and Christian family life.”