Press Release — 96th annual national convention

July 24, 2016

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HALIFAX, NS, July 25, 2016 (originally released April 8, 2015) — Over 600 Catholic women of faith will gather at the World Trade and Convention Centre August 14-17, 2016, for The Catholic Women’s League of Canada’s 96th annual national convention with the theme One Heart, One Voice, One MissionHospice and Palliative Care. Keynote speaker Sr. John Mary, Sisters of Life, will speak Monday, August 15th on women of mercy united in One Heart, One Voice, One Mission. Fr. James Mallon (Halifax-Yarmouth) will share his expertise Tuesday afternoon about our mission on this earth. Wednesday’s speakers will continue with Dr. Nuala Kenny, emeritus professor of bioethics at Dalhousie University and ethics and health policy advisor to the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, who will raise awareness about palliative care. Attendees will be given ample time to reflect on the League’s theme One Heart, One Voice, One Mission through the celebration of daily mass, prayer services and encounters with sister delegates. Updates throughout the convention will be available on the League’s national website (, Facebook page and Twitter (@CWLNational).

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is one of the largest organizations of women in Canada with over 83,000 members represented in every province and territory and in the military. With a membership representing a wide cross-section of Canadian society, the League has received the commendation and keen appreciation of federal, provincial and municipal authorities for the voluntary services ably performed by its nationwide membership.

National President Barbara Dowding of Port Moody, British Columbia, will be available for interviews prior to and during the convention.