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The Catholic Women’s League of Canada BC & Yukon Provincial Council National theme: One Heart, One Voice, One Mission Provincial theme: Joyfully Serving the Lord

Kamloops Diocesan President Oral Report to Provincial Convention 2016 – Sheila Doherty

We were asked to speak on something that we are proud of achieving in the last few months. This had to be the planning and facilitating (most of!) my first diocesan convention. It was in a beautiful setting, had over 100 delegates, had engaging guest speakers, wonderful reports, we were blessed to have our BC and Yukon president-elect and our National president in attendance AND we passed two very important resolutions that will come to the floor of this convention.

The Leadership Workshop presented at our convention gave the qualities of a good leader that I constantly strive for, especially being in the leadership position that I hold.  They include: being a good delegator, staying organized, being attentive, credible, loyal, respectful, helpful, authentic, having a welcoming personality, admitting mistakes, having a sense of humour. I loved the definition that Evelyn gave us of true humility, ‘Not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less!’


What keeps me going? Very simply, ALL OF YOU!  I could not have gotten through the last few months in this leadership position without the CWL. I feel so privileged and honoured to belong to such a strong, supportive organization. I want you to go back to your councils and encourage every woman 16 years of age and over to join because of the greatest benefit I’ve received of late; SPIRITUAL! I truly believe that the power of prayer from members and Spiritual Advisors plus the intercession of the Holy Spirit and Mary, hovered over me as I convened my convention after learning of the death of my sister, Donna, just 3 days prior to the opening day. The prayers, cards, masses, love, support, emails, spiritual bouquets and especially all the hugs sustained me and gave me the strength to chair the convention and then continued during my week in Ontario. One member offered her ‘plenary indulgence’ for the soul of my sister, as we went through the Holy Door during our convention. I indulge you all again as I cannot be here because I need to be in Calgary for my son’s surgery.

This beautiful prayer was sent to me a few weeks ago by a member when she learned of this news, ‘God go before you to lead you, God go behind you to protect you, God go beneath you to support you, God go beside you to befriend you. Do not be afraid.’ Mark Mallett’s song, Let Mercy Flow, spoke deeply to me recently and especially in this Year of Mercy, ‘Let mercy flow, help me let go, Your love must flow, I need you Lord’. Sending love, hugs and thanks to all of you.                                                                                     

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