The 2018 Regina Archdiocesan CWL Convention took place at St. Gerard’s Parish in Yorkton on Apr 29-30th with over 200 in attendance including members, dignitaries and guests.
The convention began on Sunday at 2 pm with registration and refreshments, rosary in the Church and the Opening Mass at 4:30 pm.Our celebrant was Archbishop Donald Bolen, with our Spiritual Advisor Rev. Ed Hengen and attending priests concelebrating.
Following mass, the banquet was held in the parish hall.Guest Speaker was Rev. Rene Mangahas on the topic of “Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call” which is our current CWL theme. Rev. Rene used his love of music to get his message across starting with an Amen Clap to music from Sister Act, Sound of Music and ABBA.His energetic speech had everyone captivated until his final bible quote of the evening.Matthew 28: 18 to 20.
The entertainment for the evening was the quartet singing group called BAABA.They entertained the crowd with music from ABBA.Their costumes and lip syncing were a wonderful continuation from the earlier speaker and had everyone from young to old singing along with them.
Monday morning began with a morning devotion, followed by the Presentation of Colours, Notice of Calling of Convention which commenced the business sessions of the day.
Margaret Schwab our Provincial President, Shirley Lamoureux, Prince Albert Diocesan President and Marlene VanDresar (on behalf of Ingrid Eggerman), Saskatoon Diocesan President all brought greetings.
Dr. Mary Deutscher provided our members with her talk on “Protection of Conscience for Health Care Professionals.Mary took us through the Canadian Landscape of what is happening in the courts, understanding what conscience means (Legal or Philosophical) and what are the next steps.
Margaret Ann Jacobs our CWL National President brought greetings from National and conducted a workshop with all members present allowing members to voice their opinions on the future of our CWL in Canada.The topics ranged from how to increase membership, lack of engagement, marketing of the League, use of technology just to name a few.
The diocesan executive presented their oral reports with diverse topics such as palliative care, future of our CWL, Theodore School Board decision, Pornography Hurts and other areas of concerns.
The Executive for 2018-2019 were reaffirmed as follows:
President – Marilyn Schuck
Past President & Archivist – Lynn Rogers
President Elect & Organization Chair – Yvonne Bachelu
First Vice-President & Resolutions/Legislation Chair – Janette Rieger
Recording Secretary – Marilyn Mudry Lautsch
Corresponding Secretary – Wendy Pitre
Treasurer – Donna Seebach
Spiritual Development – Denise Soroka
Christian Family Life – Bernice Gobeil
Communications – Lynn Jones
Community Life – Marjorie Butel
Education & Health – Sharon Mayer
Rev. Ed Hengen – Spiritual Advisor
Following tradition, the Travelling Madonna was passed on from the Southwest Regional Councils to Yorkton/Melville Regional Councils.
The convention ended with the retiring of colours and a closing mass celebrated by Rev Ed. Hengen with other priests in attendance concelebrating.Reaffirmation of the executive was done at the closing mass.