I hope everyone is having a prayerful, restful summer. Here in the Okanagan we are reaping the benefits of the hot weather with all the flowers, fruits and vegetables. God is truly amazing!

Congratulations to our new Spiritual Development chairpersons.

Jeanette Melnuychuk, Kamloops,
Linda McClinton, Prince George,
Erin Merth, Vancouver.

Thank you for taking on this very important position.

Welcome back:
Yvette Despres, Nelson
Pat Darling Victoria,
Dawn Kobewka, Whitehorse.

Our national Spiritual Development chairperson is Shari Guinta.

This is my second year as Spiritual Development chairperson, a position I am enjoying. I have been an active member of the League for 25 years. My husband Art and I have been married for 46 years and we have been blessed with 5 children and 15 grandchildren, including a son who is a priest.


The following are some friendly reminders about communiques.

  1. You are to send your communiques to each other and myself.
  2. Your communique is your own work. You can briefly summarize something I have said however if you copy a statement, I have made you must put it in quotation marks. Please do not send either my communique or national communiques as an attachment to your own communique

Thank you.


National says:

  1. If parish councils are sending in notices on- line they do not need to inform anyone else, the system will take care of it for them.
  2. If they are sending it via email or regular mail, they will need to copy the diocesan and provincial chair of Spiritual Development.
  3. If they are calling it in by phone, they need to call their diocesan and provincial chair of spiritual development as well.

Please note you need to respond to me when I ask you to confirm quarterly deceased lists. Only 2 out of six dioceses responded to the second quarterly lists that I sent out. Thank you!


Jean Vanier affectionately known as the gentle giant died May 7, 2019

Fr. Raymond De Sousa said, “He was simply the greatest Canadian ever.”  Jean said his calling was to care for the developmentally challenged.

It all started at Trosly-Breuil and today there are 154 residential communities in 40 countries. with 29 communities in Canada. Vanier’s communities “reveal the gifts of these people.”

He tells us to find someone who is lonely and go visit them regularly. To them you will be the Messiah. It isn’t much but is a small thing just like Bethlehem.  May he rest in peace. Notes from National Post May 11, 2019


The main purpose of this standing committee is to promote personal and collective spiritual growth.

I suggest the following:

  • READ Matthew Kelly’s book “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic-How engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change the World”. His 4 suggestions are daily
  1. prayer
  2. study
  3. generosity
  4. evangelization
  • WATCH the movie Marie’s Story by Jean Pierre Ameris. It is the true story of a deaf-mute teenager and a young nun who vows” to bring the girl out of darkness.” It is a profound story of hope courage and perseverance.
  • READ the book “Rosa, What Is Your Secret?” by Rose

Pich-Scepter Publishers It is a true story about a mother with 18 children, works part time outside the home and is very successful in what she and her husband do. What is Rosa’s secret?

  • START your September parish League meeting with the short program in CWL Prays on page 21 titled “For God’s Blessing on Our Work.”
  • SAY the rosary during the month of October.
  • START a liturgy team in your parish with your parish priest’s permission of course.


In John Paul II’s The Splendor of the Truth he reminds us “truth shines forth in all the works of the Creator and in a special way in man, created in the image and likeness of God. Truth enlightens man’s intelligence and shapes his freedom, leading him to know and love the Lord.”

“What will convert X will be the sanctity of your own life.”
St. Jean Vianney

Catherine L’Heureux
Provincial Spiritual Development Chairperson