Corpus Christi CWL


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. 

For more information on the Catholic Women's League of Canada, please see our Calgary Diocesan website, the Alberta Mackenzie Provincial CWL Council website, or the National CWL website. 


While the meeting between Mary and Elizabeth was unique, it is something we can all experience.  Each of us is capable of bearing Christ to the world.

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, advocacy and social justice.

Why we do it: 
As Catholic women, we are called to stand up and take our place, speak the truth and renew our commitment to the call to holiness through service to the people of God — to fortify the family, create sanctuaries of peace and be the Good News to all.

Addressc/o Corpus Christi Church
404 Northmount Place NW
Calgary, Alberta T2K 3P9