The Catholic Womens League (CWL) of England and Wales


CWL is a worldwide organisation, united in friendship and love, where members use and develop their talents in projects for the world, the nation, the diocese and the parish.


Dear Members,

I am sure you are all deeply moved by the terrible situation in Ukraine and I know you will be supporting in various ways the plight of the many refugees fleeing their homes and country. Indeed, as soon as CAFOD in conjunction with the Disaster Emergency Committee launched their appeal, HQ sent £5000 which will of course be matched by Government funding.

The many trucks now setting off to countries supporting the refugees carry much-needed clothing and toiletries – but some medical items are not being allowed at the present time.

Last night, on the Living Rosary zoom, we learned from Fr Marcin about a contact he has established in Ukraine with a priest from the Orthodox Catholic Church. The priest is willing – and able – to meet Father Marcin on the Ukraine/Poland border to take much needed medicines to the soldiers and people in that country.

Fr Marcin is leaving on 1st May to take donated items across to the priest.  It is a long journey and a daunting task. Why the 1st May you may ask? Well, he has to pass the test for a minibus licence to drive the minibus before he can go.

I would very much like we CWL members  to support Fr Marcin on his journey and I would like to suggest that, where possible,  each Section gave a minimum donation of £10.

By doing that we could, at the very least, cover fuel costs which I estimate will be in the region of £1000. Some of you, I know, are arranging events to raise money for Ukraine and may like to donate some of the funds raised to assist Father. National Treasurer Christine will set up a separate fund so that she can account for the funds received. In view of the time please send in any money as soon as you can so that we can send it to Father Marcin before he leaves.

I am sure I can count on your support.

Thank you very much.

Jeanette, National President

A prayer for Ukraine from the Cafod website – if you would like to print it follow the link below
Loving God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.
We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.
We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.
May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.



The Catholic Women’s League was founded in 1906 by Miss Margaret Fletcher. Our Patroness is Saint Margaret Clitherow.

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Don’t forget our Facebook page is reaching out to you.  If you are able to log on you will find it very useful for live masses, rosary and divine office.

National Executive member, Elizabeth Upsher, is streaming live every day at 9.30am on the page singing a hymn (2 or 3 on special days, including Sunday at 8.45am). All hymns are your requests so join in, sing along or catch up later and request a hymn for you or a loved one. We continue until such time as we can return to church AND sing!! This is really reaching out across the world to help people keep in contact and support each other with prayer and encouragement in these very different times we are experiencing. Everyone is welcome to join in and sing along.

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(DAKAR 2018)

One of the resolutions we adopted at the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations General Assembly in Dakar.
In this year, 2022, the prayer focuses on resolution number 4:

LET US EDUCATE TO RESPOND TO THE CALL TO HOLINESS. In accordance with the whole magisterium and in particular with the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate.

WUCWO will encourage its organisations to live a spirituality of holiness, as proposed by the Holy Father in his recent Apostolic Exhortation.
It will organise sensitisation sessions to become aware that life is mission and that to be holy is not to be perfect, but to try and trust in God the Father’s help to achieve it.
WUCWO will promote the formation of all persons, especially young people, in the human, spiritual, religious, doctrinal, apostolic and professional fields, transmitting founding family values.
It will encourage the participation in politics of women with true Christian values, so as to generate healthy government policies for the good of citizens.

Full report on the World Assembly as given at our AGM in November is posted on the WUCWO page.

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