About 900 women from across Canada participated in the annual Catholic Women's League convention in Edmonton Aug. 12-15.

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About 900 women from across Canada participated in the annual Catholic Women's League convention in Edmonton Aug. 12-15.

August 20, 2012
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

About 900 Catholic women from across Canada gathered at the Shaw Conference Centre Aug. 12-15 for the 92nd annual national convention of the Catholic Women's League of Canada.

Centred on Faith and Justice was the theme of the event, organized by the league's Edmonton Diocesan Council.

The convention was held in Edmonton because it was here that the Catholic Women's League was started a century ago, making the Edmonton council the oldest in the land.

Within two years of its formation in late 1912, the CWL had established a hostel for young women and became the driving force for the establishment of many of the city's social services.

The convention keynote speaker was Chantal Beauvais, the first female rector of Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

Carl Hetu, national director of the Ottawa-based Catholic Near East Welfare Association, spoke on the need to support Christians in the Middle East.

The convention opened Aug. 12 with Mass at St Joseph's Basilica followed by tours of the Muttart Conservatory and the newly-built St. Joseph Seminary and Newman Theological College.

A total of 39 exhibitors set up shop in the Hall D foyer, just outside the convention room. These included Development & Peace, Salt & Light and Catholic Missions in Canada. There were also the historical exhibit panels celebrating the centennial of the Edmonton CWL.

Looking at the exhibits was Marianne Kramchynsky, president of the Prince Albert Diocesan Council. She was impressed with how well the convention was organized.

"I think Edmonton (CWL) is doing a very good job," said Leone Duczek of Lloydminster.

Margaret Ann Jacobs, a national CWL officer, came from Elmvale, Ont., to the convention. "The convention team here is excellent; they are well prepared and most welcoming," she said. "I can't say enough good things about them."