We are the local council of the Catholic Women's League of Canada, founded on October 8, 1959, and operating out of Corpus Christi Parish in Calgary.
Catholic women in Canada were first organized in the Edmonton Archdiocese in November 1912 to assist with the care and placement of the ever-increasing influx of immigrants from Europe and elsewhere. The movement gradually spread to the port cities and other major centres across Canada – to Montreal in 1917, Toronto in 1918, Halifax the following year, and then to Ottawa, Sherbrooke, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In 1920, these groups were invited to meet in Montreal to establish a national group of Catholic women.
From its organizational beginnings, as now, the League perceived the need for Catholic lay women’s action in all aspects of Canadian life. The League crest and seal – the cross surmounting the maple leaves with the words “The Catholic Women’s League of Canada – For God and Canada” in the surrounding circle was designed by Mrs. Emmett Mullally.
The main thrust of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is, and has always been, the spiritual development of its members, both individually and collectively. The activities of the League, since its original purpose of aiding immigrants, have broadened and, in recent years, the emphasis has been on issues concerning the sanctity of life, social justice, human dignity, the preservation of Christian family life and the concept of a preferential option for the poor. We come together for faith, fun and fulfillment.
Pope Francis, in his encyclical, Laudato Si’, has presented us with a significant contribution to Catholic Social Teaching. It addresses ecological and environmental concerns in a robust way, but within the context of a larger concern with the needs of the whole human family. It presents a vision of integral human development, where human dignity is upheld, the world’s poorest are attended to, and environmental, moral, social and political challenges are addressed in an integrated way.
Pope Francis is convinced that “all of us are linked by unseen bonds and together form a kind of universal family, a sublime communion which fills us with a sacred, affectionate and humble respect” (LS, no. 89). However, Pope Francis is convinced that we do not have a real communion with the rest of nature “if our hearts lack tenderness, compassion and concern for our fellow human beings” (LS, no. 91). Deep communion means that we join our concern and love for the earth to our concern and love for human beings. Nothing and no one is excluded.
Who we are:
We are the voice of Catholic women united in faith, promoting Christian values in the home and in the world.
What we offer:
We offer hospitality, friendship, sisterhood, support and affirmation that empowers women to reach their full potential.
What we do:
We provide faith based opportunities for spiritual growth, leadership development and many avenues for service and social justice.
Why we do it:
The Catholic Women’s League of Canada calls its members to grow in faith, and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service. As Catholic women, we are called to take our place, speak the truth and renew our commitment to holiness through service to the people of God — to fortify the family, create sanctuaries of peace and be the Good News to all.
Our CORE VALUES:
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404 Northmount Place NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 3P9