Our Good Friends at the CWL

Stewardship Officer Joe Gennaro with some CWL Past Presidents

Those gals really know how to have a good time!

In July of this year, I had an opportunity to join the fine ladies of the Ontario Catholic Women’s League for their provincial convention.  This year’s event was hosted by the CWL of the former Diocese of Alexandria/Cornwall. After 97 years in existence, it was their last major event, as their CWL will join the ladies of Ottawa to create the CWL of the new Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall.  The programme was wonderful and the guest speakers were great.  Personally, I enjoyed Sault Ste. Marie’s Bishop Thomas Dowd’s homilies at the morning Masses.  Congratulations ladies on hosting a fine conference.

CWL members at the Ontario Provincial Convention

On behalf of CMIC, I manned a promotional booth during the conference and most of the attendees came by to say hello.  When I asked them if they’d heard of CMIC and what we do, almost to a person, they responded in the affirmative.  Many of them said that they’d supported us for years, both personally and through the CWL.  It was good to hear.  We did make some new friends though.

The Catholic Women’s Leagues all across Canada are good friends.  They support CMIC and many of the clubs continually ask what they can do for us.  They are as generous as they can possibly be, both with donations and time to help CMIC.  We cannot thank them enough.

At the closing banquet, I had an opportunity to sit with several of the Ontario past presidents.  I learned a lot about the CWL and I thank them for their company.  Like many other Catholic organizations, their numbers are declining.  The Catholic Women’s League is a fine organization.  If you are thinking about joining them, please do so.  Parishes, dioceses and all Catholic charitable organizations surely need them.

If you want to see some of the CWL high-stepping, stomping, toe tapping and do-si-do, you can view the video below: