More than 800 Catholic women of faith are expected to gather at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton from August 12-15, 2012, for The Catholic Women’s League of Canada 92nd annual national convention on the theme Centred on Faith & Justice.

The convention opens on Sunday, August 12, with a 7 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph's Basilica, presided by Archbishop Richard Smith.
Keynote speakers include Chantal Beauvais, the first female rector of Saint Paul University, Ottawa. She is also the first rector who is neither a priest nor a religious. She will speak on the prevalence of spiritual poverty and empowerment of women leaders.
Also speaking at the convention is Carl Hétu, the first National Director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) Canada. For over 85 years, CNEWA has provided humanitarian assistance and supported pastoral missions throughout the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe. The convention presentation will focus on the urgent need for support for Christians in the Holy Land.
The 92nd annual national convention celebrates the 100th anniversary of the formation of a group of determined and faith-filled women in Edmonton in November 1912 who took the name the Catholic Women’s League after an organization in England. Within two years the group had established a hostel for young women and became a driving force for the establishment of many of Edmonton’s social services.

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada, incorporated nationally in 1920, has consistently pursued social justice initiatives with similar zeal. One of the largest organizations of women in Canada, the CWL now has more than 92,000 members in every province and territory and in the military. The League is organized and pledged to serve all citizens and has often received the commendation and keen appreciation of federal, provincial and municipal authorities for the voluntary services ably performed by its nationwide membership.
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