Sault Ste. Marie welcomes delegates for the 99th Annual Sault Ste. Marie Diocesan convention of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada
“Care for Our Common Home”
Women from across the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie will be welcomed to Sault Ste. Marie April 26-28th 2019 for the 99th Annual Diocesan Convention of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, being held at the Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre.
More than 150 women will descend upon the city of Sault Ste. Marie for a weekend of convention business including Mass celebrations, reconciliation exercises and the election of officers to serve the Diocesan Council for the next two years. The convention will include a focus on our theme of “Care for Our Common Home”, which guides the work of almost 80,000 members nationally over the next two years.
Linda Squarzolo, First Vice President of the Ontario Provincial Council brings greetings and reports from the Provincial President, Anne Madden and Provincial Spiritual Advisor, Most Reverend Archbishop Brendan O’Brien.
Our keynote speaker is Paul Baines, Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Great Lakes Commons initiative – a bioregional effort working across boundaries, cultures, and issues protecting the waters as a shared and sacred commons.
The afternoon reflection will be a “Blanket Exercise”, a very poignant and emotional awakening to get us, for a time at least, walking in the shoes of our indigenous brothers and sisters.
99th Annual Convention Highlights:
Monday, April 15, 2019 Official Proclamation signing at City Hall; Mayor Christian Provenzano signs the official proclamation of CWL Week from April 21 to April 28, 2019.
Friday, April 26, 2019 Opening Mass 7:00 p.m. St. Jerome Church – Carmel Road
Father Trevor Scarfone and local dignitaries welcome convention delegates; there will be three special award presentations.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Keynote Speaker, Paul Baines, will present “Becoming a Blue Community Through Spirit and Action” about protection of our environment with a focus on water protection, preservation and conservation.
The afternoon program will include a “Blanket Exercise” facilitated by the blanket exercise team from the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board which includes Indigenous community partners and elders from Garden River and Batchewana First Nations. This exercise takes participants on a journey of the history of Turtle Island, known as North America, through the eyes of Indigenous people.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Closing Mass 11:00 a.m. at St. Gregory, Estelle Street closes with the installation of the newly elected executive officers.