By Kendra Volk, St. Mary Parish, Fox Valley, SK
In 1951, 35 women met for the purpose of organizing the first Catholic Women’s League CWL) council for St. Mary Parish, Fox Valley, SK, which at that time was in the Diocese of Gravelbourg (Fox Valley 2004 history book, Volume 1, p. 114). The parish became part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon in 1998.
To mark the 70th anniversary of the CWL at St. Mary, Fox Valley, members were blessed during a special Mass celebrated Dec. 5, 2021 by Fr. Francis Appiah Kubi. CWL members stood to recite a renewal prayer led by President Shirley Greenwald and also celebrated members who have served (from 10 to 40 years) “for God and Canada.”
About the Catholic Women’s League of Canada:
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.
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.