Communique #10 – Community Life

December 05, 2019

National Chairperson of Community Life Marie Rackley, December 5, 2019


RE: National theme, year two focus
CNEWA Project: Pieta Bhavan, support for a drinking water well
Location: Pothy, Kerala, India in the Archdiocese (Archeparchy) of Ernakulam

At the national executive/board meeting held in Winnipeg, November 1st and 2nd, much brainstorming and discussion took place regarding the focus for the second year of the national theme, Care for Our Common Home. Several excellent projects, both in Canada and abroad were presented. It was agreed the League would partner with Catholic Near East Welfare Association to support the Pieta Bhavan (House of Mercy) Project, with a need for a drinking water well.

Pieta Bhavan, located in Kerala, India, is a Christian home for more than 60 women with intellectual disabilities. Established by the congregation of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, the home provides food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment, and additional care for some residents unable to care for themselves. Some women receive skills training and make items such as rosaries and soap.

The state of Kerala has experienced severe flooding during the monsoon season for the past two years. The flooding, landslides and loss of crops have caused many deaths, becoming progressively worse due to the effect of climate change. In 2018, more than one million people were displaced or left homeless and 400 people died. The flooding has caused a significant water contamination problem.

It is vital to have suitable wells in Kerala to keep the water clean and drinkable for daily use. Currently, Pieta Bhavan has an open well in need of repair. The rusted cover fell into the well and needs replacing. As residents of Pieta Bhavan depend on this well for drinking water, it needs to be fixed to prevent any contamination from flooding official source.

As this is the second year focus for Care for Our Common Home, all councils are asked to take part in the Pieta Bhavan Project and donate to this worthy cause. Cheques should be made payable to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and sent directly to the attention of Melodie Gabriel, CNEWA Development Officer, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 6K9. Please ensure “CWL India” is written in the memo portion of the cheque, or the comment box if giving online at

Chairpersons are asked to obtain information from your diocesan counterparts as to the total number of and amount of donations submitted. Encourage members to report donations to the diocesan chairperson of community life. Each provincial president will inform the national chairperson of community life on the amount donated from her province by August 1, 2020.