Friday, 03 August 2018 02:15

Catholic Women’s League Launches its Centennial Year, Jubilate! 100 Years of Grace

The Catholic Women’s League, the largest Catholic women’s organization will launch its Centennial year in 2019, on August 4, 2018, at the Manila Cathedral with a concelebrated mass to be officiated by His Excellency Bishops Teodoro Bacani, D.D. together with Msgr. Hernando Coronel, National Asst. Spiritual Director and CWL Manila Spiritual Director, Msgr. Roberto Canlas.

All 84 CWL Dioceses and around 250,000 women across the country will celebrate the occasion simultaneously.

The launching is timed with the Feast Day of St. John Ma. Vianney, Patron saint of priests; also in honor of the CWL founder, His Excellency Michael O’ Doherty, Archbishop of Manila. Flower arrangement will be offered by the National Officers and Junior CWL on his tomb in the crypt below the Cathedral, following the mass.

The National Board led by Dr. Rosa Rita Mariano, president has planned a year-long set of activities highlighting its various programs. Hope… H for Holiness, O for Outreach, P for Pastoral Involvement and E for Empowerment focusing on the sanctification of its members, families, and communities in their outreach and pastoral evangelization programs. They have an active advocacy for family and life and a special program for the care of creation (Environment) Laudato Si and Youth. 

Among the highlights of the celebration are the Book Launching – Jubilate, One Hundred Years of grace CWL’s History Book and a Video Presentation. Planting of 100 trees per Diocese, coupled with a MOA agreement for tree planting in the Marikina Watershed. A Memorial Mass for deceased founders and members in November and a Centennial Assembly and Gala dinner dance in May 2019. 

The Jubilee Executive Committee is headed by CWL President Dr. Rosa Rita Mariano and Amparo Lim, Executive Director and National Consultants Melissa Macapanpan, Dra. Amelita Dayrit-Go, Joy Gaviola, and Atty. Alice Ganzon and National Board Members.

The CWL was formed in 1919 by His Excellency Michael O’ Doherty with a group of prominent Catholic civic women among them, Annie Macleod Kingcome, Maria Villamor, Aurora Aragon Quezon and Margarita Ansaldo who saw the need of an organization to take care of the spiritual and moral, at times temporal concerns of young women, students and young professionals area. Their initial apostolate was a dormitory for them in the Ermita – Malate District which still exists and where the National Office stands. Their apostolic work then included Catechetical work especially with public school children, free night school, adult education and welfare cases such as broken homes, unemployment and family problems. All through-out the years including World War II they were at work this time also tending wounds and caring for the sick, operating in an emergency hospital set up in Ermita and soup kitchens.

Other women leaders in the organization were Ms. Aurora Aquino, Justice Ines Luciano, Aurora Aquino, Justice Ines Luciano, Imelda Katigbak-Dayrit, Remedios Rodrigo, Annie Bagatsing, Atty. Carolina Basa, Susan Africa, and Dr. Zeny Rotea.

Thus, in war and peace, the CWL has made significant contributions to the country and continues to move forward. (CWL)



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