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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

Spiritual Development Communique 1 – Agnes Geiger  August 12, 2016.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier” quote from Blessed Mother Teresa

BLESSED MOTHER TERESA: On September 5, 2016, Blessed Mother Teresa will be canonized! “Blessed Mother Teresa (1910-1997) was not a physically imposing figure. Standing just over 5 feet, she was slight in stature, yet her arms seemed endless. And she put them to use: Often she was seen cradling sick newborns or embracing the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. To those who loved this holy woman of God, her road to sainthood was unsurprising. But her upcoming canonization has put the “saint of the gutters” back into the international spotlight.” From the Franciscan Media website

ABOUT ME: I was surprised and now challenged by being selected as the Provincial Spiritual Development Chairperson. In my 43 years as a Catholic Women’s League member I have never been the Spiritual Development Chairperson! I now have a sharp “learning curve”! At the Diocesan Convention in May I was honoured with my Life Membership!

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT DUTIES: The duties of the chairperson are: spiritual growth of members, study of Catholic teachings, role of women in the church, evangelization and mission assistance, lay ministries, ecumenism and interfaith endeavors.  Our CWL meetings are to be composed of 1/3 Spiritual, 1/3 Business and 1/3 Social.  So I know that every Council does some Spiritual program at each meeting, our Spiritual component is what sets us apart from any other women’s group.

So I am looking forward to having 100% reporting from all the Parish Councils.


Kamloops: Mary Morin

Nelson: Caroline Ann-Alter

Prince George: Barbara Marwood

Vancouver: Barb Renaud

Victoria: Pat Carew

Whitehorse: President Carol Vanderbyl

I ask that when you write a communique for your Diocesan chairpersons you also share it with the other Diocesan Spiritual Development Chairpersons and me.


I have received the quarterly list of deceased members from National and am working on updating the diocesan lists.

Remember when you are reporting deceased members, please fill in the information on the form carefully and correctly while printing neatly and checking the spelling. There are 48 dioceses in Canada and the National office cannot be expected to know the names of every place in each diocese. There are only 6 dioceses in British Columbia and the Yukon.

It is important that the forms for the diseased members be completed and sent in as soon as possible after you receive their information.


I have personally been sending all my Mass intentions to the Catholic Missions in Canada, now with Prov. Pres. Evelyn Rigby permission I will also send the Prov. Mass intentions to The Catholic Missions in Canada.

“Not all missions are foreign missions. It may surprise many Canadian Catholics, but they don’t have to look far: some of the poorest and neediest missions served by the Church can be found here in Canada. Sometimes missionaries have to travel more than 100 km each way to celebrate the Eucharist or to preside at a funeral service. Most often, there are too few missionaries available to bring the Good News of the Lord to the small mission communities. Catholic Missions in Canada supports more than 600 missionaries, as they selflessly serve in isolated home mission communities across 26 Canadian mission dioceses.” Taken from website                                                                       

“May Blessed Mother Teresa’s life inspire you and may her canonization inspire us all to seek God’s grace in our own ways”                                                                                       

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