WUCWO (World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations)
The WUCWO Asia Pacific Conference was held at the Novotel Convention Centre, Lami Suva, Fiji from 1 – 6 May, 2016. The theme was “In Hope and Mercy we meet in God’s love”.
Member nations attending were Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji. WUCWO President General, Maria Giovanna Ruggieri, delivered the Opening Address thanking the Fijians for a moving welcome ceremony
Representatives from Australia included Catherine McGrath, Vice President Asia Pacific Region, Mary Smith, Margaret Frew and Peg McEntee. As well as country reports, topics include for discussion were: “Dialogue and Family”, “Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation”, “Substance Abuse” and “Theology of the Body”. Recommendations and Resolutions will be available at a later date.
Diocesan WUCWO Day – 13th May 2016 was held at St Patrick’s Church Port Kembla. The liturgy was prepared by the Women of Europe. Diocesan Chaplain, Father Patrick Vaughan, celebrated Mass and in his homily he spoke of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. After Mass we gathered in a beautifully prepared hall to share fellowship. Mary Smith and Margaret Frew gave a short presentation on the Fiji Conference.
Thank you to those Branches who were able to hold their own WUCWO liturgy