cwlCatholic Women’s League

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada was organized nationally on June 17, 1920. It is the largest national organization of Catholic women and seeks to unite Catholic women as a community striving for spiritual, cultural and intellectual growth, and the development of social action.

St. Leo’s Council was organized in February of 2010.

The patroness of the League is the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Mission Statement

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.

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 empowered by the Spirit to renew our commitment to the call to holiness through service to the people of God, one in heart, voice and missions as we work to strengthen family values, create sanctuaries of peace and be the Good News to all.

Objects of the League

  1. To achieve individual and collective spiritual development
  2. To promote the teachings of the Catholic church
  3. To exemplify the Christian ideal in home and family life
  4. To protect the sanctity of human life
  5. To enhance the role of women in church and society
  6. To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere
  7. To uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world
  8. To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony

Annual donations made by St. Leo the Great C.W.L. in support of the objects of the League:

Spiritual Development – Catholic Mom’s Group, Rosary Apostolate, Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation, Women’s Inter Church Council of Canada

Teachings of the Catholic Church – Children’s Liturgy, graduation gifts for our schools, First Communion and Confirmation gifts to students, Shepherd’s Trust, Bishop Pappin Memorial Fund

Christian Ideal in home and family life – Catholic Family Charities

Sanctity of Life – Rose of Durham,  , Hope or Children, Homeless, Refugees, Grandview Children’s Centre, Chalice (Foster child), Euthanasia Coalition, Children’s Wish Foundation, Canadian Food for Children, Sleeping Children Around the World, Pro Life Durham

Enhancing the role of women in church and society – Women’s Inter Church Council of Canada, Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation, National Bursary Fund

To recognize the human dignity of all people everywhere – Hospice Durham, St. Vincent de Paul, Coady International Fund, Denise House, The Poppy Fund

To uphold and defend Christian education and values in the modern world –Catholic Mom’s Group, Durham Catholic Children’s Foundation, St. Mike’s Scholarship Fund.

To contribute to the understanding and growth of religious freedom, social justice, peace and harmony – Velma’s Dream, Coady International Fund, Development & Peace, Catholic Missions in Canada

League Prayer:

We humbly pray You, O GOD our Father, to bless the Catholic Women’s League of Canada. Bless our beloved country, our homes and families. Send Your Holy Spirit upon us to give light to our minds and strength to our wills that we may know and fulfil Your great law of charity. Teach us to share with others at home and abroad the good things You have given us. This we ask through our Lord Jesus Christ and the intercession of our patroness, Our Lady of Good Counsel. Amen

Members support Rose of Durham by working at their monthly bingos so that they receive a portion of the profits. Call 905-620-0724 if you would like information about this community service opportunity.

How to join:

To learn more about the League and explore the joys of membership, visit or call toll-free 1-888-656-4040

2018-2020 CWL Executive

President: Andrea Losier

Secretary: Cathy Duncan 905-430-1075

Treasurer: Marguerite Passafiume 905-655-9925

Spiritual Development Chair: Shannon Rogers 905-620-1413

Organization Chair: Sharon Cline 905-767-7670

Education/ Health: Margaret McIntyre 905-655–8648

Christian Family Life: Betty Hallihan / Barb Regimbal 905-620-0352   905-404-2694

Community Life: Margaret Wesley 905-571-5152

Communications Chair: Andrea Thys 905-903-7772

Resolutions / Legislation Chair: Vacant

Upcoming events:

CWL General Meeting will be on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7:15 p.m., Theme: Inspired by the Spirit, women respond to God’s call

Sunday October 6, 2019 – Life Chain from 2pm – 3pm at 4 corners Dundas and Thickson. Meet in the parking lot of Sobeys at 1:45pm.

CWL Recruitment Sunday – TBD.

Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel – Sun. Apr. 26, 2020

Fashion Show –TBA

St. Vincent’s Kitchen –the 3rd Friday of the month serving the less fortunate at the kitchen in downtown Oshawa from 3 to 6 pm.  This would start on September 21st.   Call Jackie at 289-927-1672 if you are interested in volunteering

Regional CWL meeting will be at St. John the Evangelist Parish on Thursday October 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  It would be lovely if 15 or 20 of us could attend.  Our diocesan council will be present and the event will be a good opportunity to network and to hear of the fine work of the CWL.  The refreshments are always good at these events too.  There is tentatively scheduled on Saturday, November 24th a Regional CWL Morning of Reflection.

Regional CWL Morning of ReflectionTBDth .


CWL meets in the parish hall on the following dates:


Monday, Sept. 16 7:15

Monday, Oct. 21 7:15

Monday, Nov. 11 7:15

Sunday, Dec. 8 12:15


Sunday, Jan. 25  12:15

Sunday, Feb. 2 12:15

Sunday, Mar. 8  12:15


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