Calgary Diocesan Council's 100th Anniversary

Calgary Diocesan Council’s centennial anniversary is a celebration of our incredible sisterhood of Catholic women who joyfully live their call to ministry through the League. Our 100-year journey is attributed to generations of devoted members who have embodied a spirit of faith, service, and social justice in their parish and community.

This historic occasion is a grand opportunity to celebrate who we are as Catholic women and as a Catholic women’s organization. What a wonderful occasion to pay tribute to our pioneering sisters and to express gratitude for members’ blessings to the League and each other.

The Anniversary Planning Committee has launched several initiatives as listed below. Details will be announced as they are confirmed:

      • Commemorative Prayer Card — to be gifted to every member
      • Keepsake History Book — in progress; anticipated launch at the 2022 Diocesan Convention
      • Special Slide Show, Entertainment, and Photo Booth — at the 2022 Diocesan Convention
      • Instagram — featuring photos of council anniversaries and events; and members in action during the last century
      • Anniversary Gala Banquet — Hyatt Regency Hotel, Calgary
      • Spiritual Pilgrimage — Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies, Canmore

Diocesan Council's 100th Anniversary Lapel Pins - These beautiful souvenir pins are only $5 each, including delivery. They are white and royal blue with gold printing. They are 1 3/8" wide and have two push pins for stay-put security. The pins are a great gift for yourself and other members!

Order through President Jan Myhre at 403-828-4191; etransfer funds to .

LADIES... We Need Your Help!
You can bring our vibrant history to life! Please browse through your personal and council photo albums for historic photos for our Instagram pages and slide show.

We are also seeking women who want to apply their talents and creativity to help organize a fun photo booth. Please email Anniversary Planning Committee Chair Diane Miedema with your photos, comments, or questions; or to sign up for the Photo Booth Sub-Committee.

Celebrate our success:

One of the great contributions of CWL in our Diocese is the creation and funding of the CWL Chair for Catholic Studies at St Mary's University. Read about it on our Education page and let everyone know about this incredible accomplishment - we want all councils and parishes in the Diocese to know about and share our pride in this achievement. To increase awareness and help support the Chair financially, Calgary Diocesan Council has launched a Red Shirt fundraiser. The shirts are $35 with the profits donated to the StMU Chair. These high-quality shirts are a beautiful deep red and are available in sizes XS to XXL. Made in Egypt of 61% polyester and 39% cotton; machine washable. Wear yours with pride and be ready to tell everyone who compliments you about the CWL Chair for Catholic Studies.

On June 17th, the centenary committee posted an anniversary greeting on the national website and Facebook page to commemorate the official day of the 100th anniversary of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada. Celebrations have been underway for the past five years and the committee was looking forward to bringing the celebration to a grand finale at the national convention. Even though the pandemic has changed the plans, the committee looks forward to celebrating the anniversary with members once safe to do so.

The deadline for the tree planting project to commemorate the centennial anniversary has been extended to July 1, 2021. When it is safe and the restrictions have been lifted, please plant a tree and send in a picture of the event. Celebrate the League’s “roots” from the past century while looking to the future and “branching out” into the next century! The committee has received so many pictures of the awesome trees and places they have been planted! All participation in helping the environment and the national theme of Care for Our Common Home is greatly appreciated!

Plans are well underway for the 2021 annual general meeting being held in Toronto to commemorate the first national convention that was originally held in Toronto in 1921.

Centenary Committee