An Eye on PEI: Convention News for August 8, 2017
An Eye on PEI
Report from Guest Journalist Cecile Miller
Tuesday, August 8
The Eucharist with presider National Spiritual Advisor Bishop William McGrattan was celebrated on Tuesday morning. In his homily, Archbishop Albert LeGatt told how St. Dominic, whose feast day is August 8, taught his followers they needed to be fed by the Word of God before they could preach. Members of the League, too, need to let the Word of God nourish and strengthen them. Archbishop LeGatt highlighted the need for humility and discernment, and the importance of sharing the Word and our faith experiences with others.
Dr. Reginald Bibby, a sociologist from Lethbridge, AB and one of Canada’s leading experts on religious and social trends, shared with us some of the results from a cross-Canada survey of 3 000 Catholics. He expressed optimism for the future of the Catholic Church in Canada. More and more people are rejecting religion, but there is still a solid core which continues to value faith. People give their lives and resources to the kinds of things they define as significant. He challenged League members to reach out when people need someone to be with them. “You have much to bring. You need to bring it!”
A town hall conversation with facilitator Donna French Dunn, “Building on Foundation, the League of the Future” followed with the delegates and members from across Canada joining the conversation online. Six questions were discussed at each table and answers were recorded. These will be collated and a report will be given before the end of the convention.
Before lunch, eight of the nine new life members were commissioned in a ceremony led by President-Elect and Organization Chairperson Anne-Marie Gorman. Assisting in the ceremony were President Margaret Ann Jacobs and National Spiritual Advisor Bishop William McGrattan who made the sign of the cross on their hands and gave them a blessing. Then, with a hand extended, all the delegates sang a blessing for the new life members.
Business sessions resumed with reports from the secretary-treasurer and the executive director. Resolutions chairperson Joan Bona presented a review of the resolutions process. Reports from the chairpersons of seven of the standing committees were given.
Four resolutions were brought to the floor, and two were tabled until Wednesday.
Rita Janes gave an encouraging report on the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation. The capital campaign to raise funds is proceeding well with fundraising on-going. Rita expressed her gratitude to all who have worked to make the campaign a success. The Leadership Program is expected to begin in 2018 with fourteen candidates.
Members of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada continue to be generous in their support of the League’s voluntary funds. Beneficiaries of this generosity were: Catholic Missions in Canada, Coady International Institute, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA).
Tuesday evening ended for the members, spiritual advisors and bishops with the traditional “provincial night” outings to various restaurants and other eating places for an evening of fellowship and camaraderie with members of their respective provinces.