Communique #14 – Communications

June 24, 2020

National Chairperson of Communications Doreen Gowans, June 24, 2020.


Dear sisters in the League and Bishop Jensen,

The Catholic Women’s League Online Speakers Series – August 10-14, 2020
It has been brought to my attention that many members are unaware that National President Anne-Marie Gorman has arranged an online Summer Speakers Series, a focus on Care for Our Common Home, Women in the Church, and the League of the Future. Therefore, I request help from each of you to spread the word. Actions speak louder than words, so please hurry and share the information on this series with diocesan and parish councils to encourage members to register online. Be creative in getting this message out!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members do not have the privilege to meet in convention to listen to excellent speakers and be educated, enlightened and inspired. However, the five presenters have kindly agreed to live stream their presentations. The presentations are free; however, please encourage members to donate to the League’s National Bursary Fund if they find the presentations valuable.

Please advise members that to take part, they must register by going to the national website, and click on “Summer Speaker Series Registration,” found under “Quick Links.” Each speaker and presentation is listed by date and time. Underneath the speaker’s information, members should click on the word “Registration” (in bold text) and fill in their information Once completed and submitted, the member will receive a confirmation of their registration via e-mail. Those wishing to attend must register for each speaker separately. Spaces are going fast, so please ensure all your members are made aware of this awesome opportunity.

Keeping in mind social distancing and the preferred number of registrants, some councils may wish to have a coffee party in their parish community. If your parish priest and provincial health guidelines allow for this type of gathering, I think it would be nice to get together with a few League sisters to watch one or more presentations. However, each person can also take advantage by watching in the comfort of her own home. If you have a newer television (including an HDMI output and an HDMI cable), you may be able to display the presentation from a laptop onto a widescreen television. That might be fun!

The speakers are:

  1. Dr. Cory Andrew Labrecque, Associate Professor (bioethics and theological ethics), University of Laval.
    Topic: “Speak to the Earth and it Shall Teach You: On the Christian Vocation to Tend, Guard, and Heal”
    Date: Monday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT)*
  2. Dr. Donna Orsuto, Co-Founder and Director of the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, Rome
    Topic: “Women Together Caring for our Common Home”
    Date: Tuesday, August 11th at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CDT
  3. Sr. Nuala Kenny, OC, MD, FRCP (C)
    Topic: “Women and Healing Our Wounded Church”
    Date: Wednesday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. CDT
  4. Fran Lucas, National President-Elect and Chairperson of Organization
    Topic: “The League of the Future: Part lll”
    Date: Thursday, August 13th at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CDT
  5. Anne-Marie Gorman, National President and Chairperson of International Relations
    Topic: “The League in 2020”
    Date: Friday, August 14th at 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CDT

*11:00 a.m. Manitoba, 9:00 a.m. British Columbia and Yukon, 10:00 a.m. Alberta, Northwest Territories and Saskatchewan, 12:00 p.m. Ontario and Quebec, 1:00 p.m. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, 1:30 p.m. Newfoundland and Labrador.

Pictures of the respective speakers are posted on the national website under “Summer Speaker Series Registration.”

I pray you have a wonderful summer, stay healthy and away from COVID-19. May Our Lady of Good Counsel guide us always, as together we work “For God and Canada.”

Love and prayers,

Doreen Gowans
National Communications Chairperson