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'Seriously ill and in extreme pain, I stood on a cliff in Donegal crying out: why wasn't God helping me?' says Rev Mairisine Stanfield

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In conversation with Rev Mairisine Stanfield

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Fulfilled life: RevMairisne Stanfield

Fulfilled life: RevMairisne Stanfield

Fulfilled life: RevMairisne Stanfield

The Rev Mairisine Stanfield is minister of First Bangor Presbyterian Church. She is married to David and they have two sons.

Q. Can you tell us something about your background?

A. I was born in Denny, in Scotland - seven miles from Stirling. I was brought up in a working-class family with a brother and two sisters - I'm the third of four children. We were happy and loved. Sadly, my dad died at 61 from cancer when I was 19. My mum passed away 29 years ago when I was six months pregnant with our first child Jonathan. She was 56 and had suffered from emphysema for many years - caused by her chronic smoking habit. She used to say, during the last couple of years before she died, that she wished I would take her in a wheelchair around schools to implore young people never to smoke because she was an example of what happens if you do.