National President, Barbara Dowding to Attend World Meeting of Families

September 21, 2015

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Kim Scammell
Executive Director
C-702 Scotland Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3M 1X5


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—September 21, 2015—National President Barbara Dowding will represent the more than 85,000 members of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada at the eighth World Meeting of Families, September 22 – 25, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Many members from across Canada plan to attend as well on behalf of their dioceses for themselves.

The League recognizes the importance of family and seeks to unite Catholic women in Canada in exemplifying Christian ideals in home and family life. This year’s theme for the World Meeting of Families is Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. Held every three years since its inception by Saint John Paul II in 1994, the international event seeks to “strengthen the bonds between families and to witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society.”

The World Meeting of Families presents a theological adult congress and a youth congress as well as The Festival of Families. Six keynote presentations are scheduled, with engaging and internationally known speakers such as Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and Dr. Scott Hahn. The Holy Father, Pope Francis, on his three stop tour of the United States, is scheduled to participate in the closing events, with Papal Mass held on Sunday, September 27.

About the Catholic Women’s League of Canada

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, founded in 1920, is one of the largest organizations of women in Canada with in excess of 85,000 members represented in every province and territory and the military. The League is organized and pledged to serve all citizens and has often received the commendation and a keen appreciation of federal, provincial and municipal authorities for the voluntary services ably performed by its nationwide membership.


For further information or interview requests, please contact Kim Scammell, executive director, at (204) 927-2310 or e-mail