July message from National President, Margaret Ann Jacobs

June 30, 2017

“On the road again…” My convention travels in June took me to Mount Pearl, Newfoundland; North Battleford, Saskatchewan; Quispamsis, New Brunswick; Kelowna, British Columbia; and Granby, Quebec with only the provincial convention in Thunder Bay upcoming in July.

Every convention was an unique opportunity for members to gather in celebration of their faith and the many most worthwhile projects undertaken. Your support of the palliative care initiative is commendable. Thank you for allowing me to share in your joys and sorrows. The scope and depth of the dedicated efforts by members across this great country is certainly cause for renewed enthusiasm. Continue to embrace and support each other. Make each community a welcome haven embracing all.

I am very encouraged by the response members are expressing concerning the CWL Nationwide Townhall being held at the convention in Charlottetown. Each council across the country is challenged to participate in this interactive on-line forum to plan the future of the CWL. Don’t forget that you need to register ahead of time by email to executivedirector@cwl.ca. Check the website for specific dates and times.

I was privileged to represent you at a reception hosted by the Apostolic Nuncio at his residence in Rockcliffe. This special celebration was in honour of the Fourth Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis. In his address Msgr. Luigi Bonazzi spoke of the many times the doors of the Vatican have been opened to welcome Canada in their Ad Limina Visit”. He said “all came back renewed and enthusiastic as a result of the welcome and time and attention Pope Francis gave them.

Congratulations to Jean Mahoney HLM, Regina, the third recipient of the St. Edmund Campion Medal awarded to an individual whose life and activities have exemplified in an outstanding way the service of faith and promotion of justice ideals. You are a most worthy recipient Jean!

Canada is being consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary during celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of confederation. Look for a ceremony in your individual diocese.

I am looking forward to sharing time with you in Charlottetown August 6-9. I know the convention committee has been very busy preparing for us. Imagine our national annual meeting in the birthplace of confederation!

Happy 150 Birthday Canada!

God bless,

Margaret Ann