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CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE
HISTORY

FOUNDED IN 1906

The Catholic Women's League was founded in England in 1906 by Miss Margaret Fletcher.  Membership is predominantly Catholic women over the age of 16 and also includes associate members that are non-Catholic.

The Catholic Women's League (CWL) of Canada

Although The Catholic Women's League had been around since 1906, it would take another 14 years before the Canadian National Council would be formed in the year 1920.

The Catholic Women's League of Canada is a national service organization of women who are members of the Roman Catholic Church, and who work together to promote Catholic values and to carry out volunteer and charitable work. In 2016 the CWLA had about 83,000 members in over 1,200 parish councils across Canada. The League's national office is in Winnipeg, Manitoba; it is federally incorporated, and is a registered not-for-profit membership association. The League does not have registered charitable status.[1]

This historical extract was quoted from the 'The Catholic Women's League of Canada - Handbook for Organization Chairpersons - Supplement to the Executive Handbook'

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Catholic Women's League (CWL) St. Joseph,
Bowmanville, ON

This St. Joseph Bowmanville Ontario Council was established on September 24, 1935 under Certificate of Organization #770, by our first Spiritual Director Rev. James McGuire with the approval of the National President Fanny P. Coffey.

Fr. McGuire consented and ordained our St. Joseph Parish Council's:

  • First President: Mrs. Frank Taylor

  • First Treasurer: Mrs. F.T. Tighe

 

As of today, we have been serving our Bowmanville community for over 88 years, and on September 24, 2025 we will be celebrating our 90th Anniversary.

Our membership is strong and our team is tight, consisting of hard working, tolerant, caring and loving women of all Nationalities, Cultural backgrounds and Ages.

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