Join your sisters at the Diocesan Convention and Renew.

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Education and Health Standing Committee Responsibilities

Under this umbrella there are many subheadings, I have provided links and resources for your use


- Talk to your trustee and find out about the curriculum in schools

- Sacraments 2018 – The Bishop is implementing a Pilot Program in 5 Parishes for both parents and children for Reconciliation and First Eucharist in order to have a consistent program throughout the Diocese.  Confirmation will be the next pilot program.

St. Mary’s University – Bishop McGrattan says the CWL have honoured our commitment to establish the Chair for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University and raising 1.6 million for this chair.  He feels that our fundraising goal has been accomplished and no more fundraising is required.  If your Council would still want to donate to St. Mary’s University – make sure your donation goes to the CWL Chair for Catholic Studies not the St. Mary’s University General Fund.

He would like to use the university as a bridge to the Permanent Deaconate and Lay Formation and Education through the Pastoral Office.  Allow the university to provide teachers and programs.

RCIA – volunteer to be a sponsor.

b)    LITERACY AND CONTINUING EDUCATION – volunteer at schools and work with children who need help with reading


Bishop Paul O’Byrne Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1993 to commemorate the celebration of Bishop Paul O’Byrne’s 25th Jubilee as Bishop of Calgary.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary since it was established.  The original amount of the scholarship was $200.00 but this was later increased to $500.00.  During the last 25 years this scholarship has been awarded in just 14 years.  This scholarship open to any CWL member and has not been utilized by CWL members.

  1. The applicant must be an active CWL member in good standing
  2. A letter to the scholarship committee shall be submitted on behalf of the applicant and signed by the council president.
  3. This scholarship was set up to help CWL members further her knowledge of the Catholic faith which in turn will enhance her ability to participate in and be of tangible benefit to the League.
  4. Deadline is May 31. A member may apply for funds for a course taken in the year preceding or for a course to be taken in the year following that May 31 deadline.

Think about taking a course at St. Mary’s University, the FCJ Center of Newman College

National Bursary Fund

The bursary fund is used to provide financial assistance to members needing it to pursue studies, courses, seminars, workshops and diploma/degree programs in areas of

  • spiritual growth
  • adult faith formation
  • youth ministry
  • ministry to patients in palliative care
  • ministry to shut-ins
  • parliamentary procedure
  • literacy tutoring

Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation

This new leadership program began its inaugural year in May 2018 and the inaugural class had 13 outstanding Catholic women.  2019 Applications are open – deadline November 9, 2018

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The League’s initial mandate was to help new citizens of Canada – a country that is honoured as one of the best countries in which to live.
Health care and education are but two of the reasons Canada is held in such high regard.

Education and Health memo (2017): Fran Lucas, 1st vice-president and national chairperson of education and health

The duties of the chairperson are:
• Catholic education
(i) Catholic schools and catechesis
(ii) rites of Christian initiation
• literacy and continuing education
• scholarships and bursaries
• wellness and sickness/disease
• environment
• genetics

The chairperson should:
• refer to communiqués and/or annual reports from all levels
• study and act on League resolutions adopted at each level pertaining to this standing committee
• file with the recording secretary a copy of monthly and annual reports


The following are available from national office:
• National Manual of Policy and Procedure
• Constitution & Bylaws
• Personal Letter Writing Guide
• Resource List

Catholic Health Alliance of Canada (CHAC)
CHAC Phone: (613) 562-6262 (ext. 2164)
Annex C, St-Vincent Hospital Fax: (613) 782-2857
60 Cambridge St. N
Ottawa, ON K1R 7A5
Web site:

Coady International Institute
Coady International Institute Telephone Toll-free: (866) 820-7835
St. Francis Xavier University Fax: (902) 867-3907
P.O. Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
Web site: