Communique #5 – Past President

August 30, 2022

National Past President and Chairperson of Laws Anne-Marie Gorman, August 29, 2022.



Oral Report to 102nd Annual National Convention


On Wednesday, August 17th of the 102nd annual national convention’s business, the instructed voting on the eight amendments, by the eleven (11) provincial presidents, took place. To review, each parish council in Canada received the eight amendments on which they voted in the winter or spring of 2022. The results were forwarded to the respective diocesan presidents (or provincial presidents if no more than one diocesan council), and to national office.


At the 2022 diocesan/provincial conventions, the voting delegates registered the votes of their parish councils when called upon by their respective presidents. This continued until all provincial councils had received the instructed votes of the levels below them.


At the national convention, the voting delegates – the provincial presidents – recorded the votes orally of their provincial councils at the national convention. The results were as follows:


Amendment I (Annual Meetings of Members): Adopted

Amendment II (Patroness): Lost

Amendment III(Officers): Adopted

Amendment IV(Duties of Officers): Adopted

Amendment V(Standing Committees): Adopted

Amendment VI (Meetings and Quorums): Adopted

Amendment VII (Term of Office): Adopted

Amendment VIII (Election of Officers): Adopted


A new publication of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada Constitution & Bylaws will be published once the voted-upon changes have been reviewed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, which will be by December 2022. Each parish council president and secretary will receive a complimentary copy. They are encouraged to purchase copies for their executives from national office at a minimal price. The National Manual of Policy and Procedure will also be updated to reflect the changes.


Because the COVID-19 pandemic prolonged the amendments process, it is with deep gratitude that members found safe and creative ways to exercise their voting rights and to complete the instructed vote in time for the 102nd annual national convention in Kelowna, British Columbia, August 14-17,2022.


Your Sister in the League,

Anne-M Gorman

National Past President and Chairperson of Laws