“That’s a lesson we’re always learning, that God loves us just as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way.”
Scott Hahn – Taken from A Father who keeps his promises

I hope you had a great summer and are still enjoying this beautiful weather.  Welcome back refreshed and all fired up from the conventions.

Conventions
We certainly had a wonderful Provincial Convention in Nanaimo. Kudos to Christa Grillmair and her team for hosting this event.  The accommodations at the Bastion Hotel were excellent. The staff couldn’t do enough for us. Sylvia has captured some of the fun and reports in her trial “Summer  Communicator”, all 70 pages of it. You can check it out on the provincial website. https://www.bcyukoncwl.com .

I was pleased and honoured to represent you in Calgary at the National Convention. We had over 50 people at our Provincial Dinner, ably arranged by Sharon Geiger.  For those who could not attend the convention you can access reports, speaker’s power points and photos on the national website at Quick links.

New Diocesan Presidents
I would like to welcome our new diocesan presidents:

Diane Nadeau from Kamloops, Sylvia DeSousa from Prince George and Barbara Renaud from Vancouver.  Thank you for your service in the League for God and Canada.

Strategic Plan
By now the presidents-elect will have received the USB and workshop of the updated Strategic Plan.  We will discuss it further at our upcoming provincial meeting in Kelowna.

Elections 2020
Since 2020 is an election year for the Provincial Council I hope that enough retiring and retired diocesan presidents will let their names stand for a position at this level. I encourage all of us to affirm our preferred candidates ahead of the time that the nomination forms will be sent out. Past President Evelyn will shortly be contacting all those eligible.

Spiritual Advisors
In her latest communiqué Anne-Marie Gorman, our National President, encourages us to include our Spiritual Advisors and to keep them informed about our plans.  It is an integral part of the president’s role to foster open communication with the spiritual advisor because our success depends a lot on their prayerful and physical support. She further states: “The League is blessed with many wonderful women and men who are advisors.  Ensure all, from every corner of each province, know and celebrate the blessings of having The Catholic Women’s League of Canada in the parish.   Invite all, from every corner of the province to come and see – they will not be disappointed, it will help to set your parishes afire”.

Mary Wagner video on YouTube
We are happy to announce that the video commissioned by the Provincial Council is still available on YouTube.  You can show it at meetings and/or offer it to your parishioners to watch.  Duration is 30 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzisPyNpkh8&t=59s

To date we have had 710 hits.  Her message is getting out!

The BC Catholic (Sept. 16, 2019) has an article on Mary Wagner and her court hearing. She had been in prison longer than the maximum sentence for her “crime” and was set free the same day she was sentenced.  The judge stated that giving is in her DNA, he said: “You are not the sort of person we usually deal with in the courts”.  Thank you for all your prayers.

Dates to remember:
Provincial Convention June 11-13, 2020 at the Prestige Hotel in Vernon.

National Convention August 9-12, 2020 in Montreal, PQ

May the Holy Spirit guide us as we strive to fulfill our duties and witness to the truth.

Gisela Montague