The Catholic Women's League was founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher. The League encourages its members to work both in the parish and in the wider community. Members are also concerned with issues on a national and international level. To help keep members up to date on events the Health and Family Officer and the International Officer give reports at meetings and in CWL News.
The League is involved in charitable work of all kinds. Members endevour to exert influence in those issues rooted in social justice and peace, and particularly seek to make the voice of Catholic women heard in the legislative system on issues of the Family. The League offers members the opportunity to develop and learn news skills, enabling them to fulfil their mission of service to one another, to their parish and to the church.
The League ensures members’ voices are heard in important social matters, particularly where the Bishops call for the support of the laity. CWL Officers keep members informed on Health & Family Concerns, on Justice and Peace Issues through our links with the National Board of Catholic Women and on issues affecting the marginalised in society at home and on the international scene, through membership of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations.
Our work with The National Board of Catholic Women helps in promoting the presence, participation and responsibilities of Catholic women in the Church and in society.League members are particularly committed to:
Catechetical work through Our Lady's Catechists.
Support for refugees and asylum seekers through Relief and Refugee
Assisting past and present Services personnel through Services.
There is CWL representation in over 200 parishes in the Dioceses across England and Wales.