History: The Catholic Women's League of Canada was organized nationally on June 17, 1920 and granted federal incorporation on December 12, 1923.

The League is officially recognized by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) as a lay association of women and is affiliated with the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO), a world-wide federation holding membership in the conference of International Catholic Organizations (ICO) and having consultative status with agencies of the United Nations.

St. Patrick’s CWL began in March 1924, making 2013 our 89th year of operation.  This year our national theme, “We Have Seen the Lord - As People of faith”, will pervade our efforts as we continue to work together to the glory of God.


The objects of the League shall be to unite Catholic women of Canada:

    to achieve individual and collective spiritual development.

    to promote the teachings of the Catholic church.

    to exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life.

    to protect the sanctity of human life.

    to enhance the role of women in church and society.

    to recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere.

    to uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world.

    to contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony.

Our Lady of Good Counsel

At the annual national convention in 1923 in Halifax, a resolution was passed to adopt Our Lady of Good Counsel as the League's patroness.  The Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel is celebrated on April 26th. We pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel, the patroness of the League, who is our model to be imitated.


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