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Prince George Diocesan President Oral Report to 2017 Provincial Convention – Gemma Gillis

The Prince George diocese welcomed a new slate of officers at our recent annual convention.  This year we gathered in Kitimat with one hundred and nine CWL members and four members of the clergy in attendance. Our membership for the diocese is six hundred and seven so it is an accomplishment to have such good attendance.  Thirteen of our fifteen councils were represented.  The ladies enjoyed sharing, learning more about the League and socializing.  The oral reports showed just how much the ladies are able to accomplish and how much they enjoy doing it. A workshop on mental health issues and the League workshop “HMCS CWL Refit” were well received.

Prince George diocese has 15 councils but many of our councils have difficulty finding members willing to serve in leadership roles. A few smaller councils are struggling.  It is my hope that all 15 councils will remain active and functioning in their parishes. Education on the objectives and role of the League is so important. I feel that a better understanding of the work of the League will encourage the ladies to remain as CWL members. All members should experience the “fun, faith, and fulfillment” that the League offers.

It is my plan to visit all parish councils. I have already set dates with some councils. The geography of our diocese makes personal visits quite a challenge as it is a full two-day drive from one end of the diocese to the other but I will do my best.

Many of the parishes in the diocese were able to have adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as part of the 12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care in May.  Some councils prayed the Luminous mysteries of the Rosary as proposed by National. A few Councils also held an ecumenical prayer service. Six councils reported that the palliative care petition was signed and submitted. One council set aside time for a letter-writing blitz on May 16. Another council invited the leader of the local Hospice to speak to them on the difference between hospice and palliative care.  A few of our parishes have viewed and discussed the DVD The Euthanasia Deception.

Our mid-term meeting will be held in Prince George on September 22 and 23. I was able to meet in person with Bishop Stephen Jensen and discuss plans for the CWL in the diocese. He encouraged us to continue to work to improve the availability of hospice and palliative care. He has agreed to join us for a meal at the mid-term meeting.

Led by the Holy Spirit and under the guidance of Our Lady of Good Counsel it is my hope that by working together the ladies of the Prince George diocese will continue to do great things for God and Canada in the northern part of this province.

This concludes my report

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