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The Catholic Women's League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.

The Catholic Women's League of Canada is the largest women's organization in Canada. Its mission is the religious renewal of the "people of God" as envisioned by the documents of Vatican II.

To realize its mission, the League sees itself as having these principal ministries:

  • to plan, develop and coordinate programs directed toward the individual and collective spiritual development of members
  • to encourage and support the development of Christian values throughout society and, in particular, the image of family
  • to represent Catholic women and their views on topics of national interest and importance, and to communicate those views to church, government and society at large
  • to plan, direct and coordinate the work of Catholic women in support of religious, charitable and community activities
  • to provide a vehicle for communication and the development of Christian companionship among Catholic women everywhere

What does "rooted in gospel values" mean? 

As Christians, we use the word "tradition" - something handed on to us and which we, in turn, hand on to others. Values are part of League tradition, not only rooted in the gospels, but also rooted in values which have been shaped through the church that is the "people of God."

"Calling its members to holiness" through service to the people of God . . .

Rooted in gospel values is a call to a way of life. "The call to holiness is rooted in Baptism and proposed anew in the other Sacraments, principally in the Eucharist." This call "...requires each [of us] to follow and imitate Jesus Christ, in embracing the Beatitudes, in listening and meditating on the Word of God, in conscious and active participation in the liturgical and sacramental life of the church, in personal prayer, in family or in community, in the hunger and thirst for justice, in the practice of the commandment of love in all circumstances of life and service to the brethren, especially the least, the poor and the suffering."

(Christifideles Laici, John Paul II, No 16)

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