FEBRUARY 2015. Mothers Matter is MCI's monthly eNewsletter, updating you on events and projects.
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Upcoming Event:
MaterCare International Conference, Rome 2015

Are you interested in attending our upcoming conference?

Email us at and we will send you the registration details as soon as they are available.

This year's conference will focus on delivering maternal healthcare with a Catholic conscience. 

"Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." -Saint Pope John Paul II



Featured Stories: 

Feb. 9, 2015- Natural Family Planning Stories

From The Seed, Vol. 26 by Lourine Oluoch:

In November, the Family Life National office of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in collaboration with the MaterCare International carried out a training of teachers of natural family planning at the Dimesse sisters in Karen, Nairobi. The training funded by Italian Conference of Catholic Bishops and done in association with the World Organization of Ovulation Method Billings (WOOMB) was attended by over 60 participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, DRC and Sudan.

According to Dr Robert Walley, Professor emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and also the Executive Director and founder of MaterCare International, the training on natural family planning is about couples being taught how to control their own fertility whether they want to become pregnant or whether they wish to avoid for the time being having a pregnancy.

“We wanted to have a conference that focuses on how to train rural women, that’s why we got this team together to become trainers so they can go back to the diocese and teach the rural women this method… the importance is that you do not have to buy anything; it’s effective and the people can use it for as long as they want,” said Dr Walley.

According to Mrs Teresa Abuya, the National Family Life Coordinator, the method is simple. “The woman’s body has to be understood, once the patterns of changes and the cycles have been understood, the method works,” she says.
(Read the full story here)

February 11, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes:

To all Obstetricians, midwives, doctors and nurses  and other healthcare providers for today's feast of Our Lady of Lourdes with a prayer for the sick, especially mothers and their unborn and born children.

Do you believe in miracles? This prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes printed below commemorates a beautiful one! In 1858 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous (both pictured above), a humble 14-year-old French girl in a grotto near the town of Lourdes in France asking for, among other things, prayer and penance for sinners. 

O ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence, to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.

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