President’s Annual Report
2017 began with Mary Smith, Diocesan Secretary and myself attending the CWLA-NSW Inc. State Council Meeting at Wauchope. This was the first State meeting for State President Ann Pereira and Secretary Irene O’Grady. All 8 Dioceses in NSW were represented and gave Ann and Irene their support to steer our organisation into the future.
Socially we have had a great year. Beginning with lunch on St Patrick’s Day, Soup & Slice day at Corrimal and the Friendship Day at Bowral. These functions were all well attended and enjoyed by all.
Spiritually – Branches attended the World Day of Prayer in their own area. This is a great way of Praying with the members of other denominations. WUCWO Mass was held at Port Kembla and was very well attended and was hosted by Port Kembla Branch of CWL. St Maria Goretti Mass was celebrated during the Diocesan Conference and was celebrated by Bishop Peter Ingham with Father Patrick Vaughan, our CWL Chaplain concelebrating. The Diocesan Retreat Day was conducted by Father Patrick at Gerringong, “Mary of the Gospels” was the theme. Kiama CWL Branch hosted the day. Mass for the Unborn was celebrated by Father Ron Peters, Dean of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. A shared lunch was held in the Xavier Centre following the Mass and Wollongong Branch were the hosts. The Consoling Mass was held at the Mater Delorosa Church Balgownie and was celebrated by Father Ron Peters, and lunch followed Mass and was hosted by Fairy Meadow CWL Branch. St. Mary of the Cross Mackillop Nass was held at Oran Park. Bishop Peter Ingham was celebrant assisted by Father David Catterall Parish Priest of Oran Park, Father Patrick Vaughan CWL Chaplain and Father Joseph of Macquarie Fields…. All commented on what a Spiritual day it was. I expressed my gratitude to all CWL Branches and the Ladies of Oran Park Parish for their generous hospitality shown on these special days.
On 7th July we held the Wollongong Diocesan CWL Triennial Conference in the Xavier Centre Wollongong. The Conference was very well attended. The National President, Ann Marie Clark, State President, Ann Pereira and State Secretary, Irene O’Grady along with visitors from the Sydney Archdiocese and Broken Bay Diocese were all present. The speakers on the day were Father David Orr OSB Prior, Benedictine Monastery, Acadia and Mr Michael Moran, Honorary Archivist of the National Council of St Vincent de Paul Society< Canberra. During the day the Wollongong Diocesan CWL History Book was launched and was very well received.
During the year many branches of CWL suffered loss of cherished members. My sympathy to the families of these members. May they rest in peace.
I take this opportunity to congratulate our Branch Presidents on their Annual Reports. Every branch and its members have been very busy during this year and I thank them for the work they have carried out during 2017. My hope for you all is that you continue to support each other with your friendship.
The Diocesan Executive have had a very heavy workload this year and I thank them all for their continued friendship and support. Many thanks to Diocesan Secretary, Mary, and Diocesan Treasurer, Isabel for their huge workload, friendship and support.
I wish you and your families Peace and Joy this Christmas.
“Be a gift of Love and Compassion for one another”. (St John Paul 11 – at the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop)