In today’s gospel reading from Luke (6.27-38), Jesus reminds us to give generously.  His final statement of this passage goes:  Give and it will be given to you; a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. This goes for everything in our lives—our families, our friends, and all those we don’t know.  We need to give out of love for everyone.  Only then will we be rewarded with abundance.


Welcome to the new and returning Diocesan Treasurers:

Kamloops                  Anna Gilbert
Nelson                       Marion Nygren
Prince George          Pauline Gerwien
Vancouver                Karanda Tong
Victoria                       Renee Johnson
Whitehorse               Lidwien Hanrath

Just a short introduction:  I obtained my CGA designation almost 40 years ago and have worked as an accountant ever since.  Along the way, I have raised three children who are now adults, and I have served at parish and diocesan levels as treasurer.  I’m an active member of my parish choir as well as of the parish CWL council.  My friends also know that I am a “Convention Junkie”! I’ll do my best to answer any questions you may have regarding your duties as treasurer.


The current Guidelines for Treasurers available through the National website ( are a good, simple set of advice for new treasurers.  At National Convention this year, Janet Maclean, the National Secretary-Treasurer advised that these will be updated, hopefully this fall. I do recommend that every council have a copy and USE it.


Fall is budget time.  I remember the first time I had to do a diocesan budget & how stressed I was.  Take a deep breath and look at what your predecessor did.  Remember that the budget is simply an estimate of what you expect to have coming in and going out.  It gets easier as you do more.  But yes, it is still stressful!

Wishing you all God’s blessings this fall.

May Our Lady of Good Counsel bless us all.

Suzanne Eng