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

On behalf of your National officers I would like to assure all our members that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers in these strange and unprecedented times. I expect most of the Branches and Sections have understandably suspended meetings for the time being.

Stop Press—Good news  The AGM IS GOING AHEAD

AGM: 23rd—25th October 2020

We’ve been attending The Hayes Conference Centre for many years and know they are always committed to helping us feel safe, welcome and relaxed.

The Hayes Conference has updated us on important changes they are making to ensure your safety which I share with you here:

  • All staff will be thoroughly trained to be able to serve you in a safe and welcoming environment. They will be equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) and will follow strict guidelines for cleanliness.
  • The conference centre will be deep cleaned and sanitisation of public areas will be carried out at regular intervals throughout your stay.
  • Disposable key lanyards will be used, biodegradable bags will be placed in each room for towel disposal and guest to staff ratio will be increased to ensure constant cleaning.
  • Required social distancing will be implemented and a one-way system will be clearly marked to allow for separation as you move around.
  • Reconfigured meeting rooms, coffee points, lounges, and dining rooms will fully comply with social distancing guidelines.
  • On arrival you will be temperature checked with a simple non-contact thermometer and there will be a supply of PPE should you require gloves or a mask.
  • The Dining Room will still be serving up delicious meals but there will be no self-service; staff will plate up your choice of meal behind a Perspex screen and lunches, salads and desserts will be pre-packaged.

If you would like to attend it is not too late to make a decision and we will keep options open as news and circumstances evolve so if you are not able to make a decision now you may be able to apply at a later date. The current closing date is 15th September. All you need to do now is to email Jean at and request a booking form.

In the meantime, as lockdown starts to ease, please do keep safe and support one another especially those living alone.

God bless,



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

For photo’s and report of our National Pilgrimage to York held on 30th August 2019 see the latest news post or visit our Facebook page.


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.


(DAKAR 2018)

Each year WUCWO propose a prayer related to one of the resolutions we adopted at our General Assembly in Dakar.
In this year, 2020, the prayer focuses on resolution number 2:

Let us take care of the family in difficult situations.

We invite you to pray this prayer (click here to see it) prepared by the Regional Vice President of Asia Pacific, Catherine McGrath, and our Vice President General, Maribeth Stewart, whom we thank for their work in strengthening our spirituality.

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

For the latest newsletter from WUCWO please click on the link below

Latest News

Read the minutes of the recent National Executive and Trustees meetings to keep on top of the latest news from your National Officers

Upcoming Events

National AGM

23-25th OCTOBER 2020
Hayes Conference Centre