Welcome to the Prince Edward Island Catholic Women’s League Website

Today, September 21st,  is the International Day of Peace and the National Day of Prayer for Christians in the Holy Land, we are being asked to say this prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters in that part of the world.

CWL Celebrates 100 Years!

Happy anniversary to all CWL members. The Catholic Women’s League of Canada was nationally organized on June 17, 1920 and today, members across the nation celebrate 100 years of service, ” For God and Canada”.

See our national website for  best wishes from the National Board:


Congratulations to the CWL Members of the Pastoral Unit as you celebrate 100 Years Strong as a League. Our parishes are so much stronger because of the MANY good works you provide to the Parishes and Community at large.

Thank-you to St. Francis of Assisi CWL League who donated and planted a tree to commemorate this milestone event in your league’s life. As the tree grows and gives shade and beauty to the property, so may it be a reminder to us all, of the growth and beauty that the CWL has and continues to provide to our Churches.

Fr. Doug MacDonald
The Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit
Prince Edward Island 

The Catholic Women’s League on Prince Edward Island consists of 33 councils representing approximately 1850 members. This membership is part of a National membership of over 78,000 members all working “For God and Canada.”

The first council to be organized on PEI was the Charlottetown Council (then called sub-division) in the summer of 1921 with 107 charter members. From this early beginning, interest in this organization of Catholic women blossomed into what it is today.

Our National Theme is “Care for Our Common Home” which is lived out on Prince Edward Island.


Shirley Pierce
Prince Edward Island Provincial President

I grew up on a rural farm in Prince Edward Island with my eleven siblings in a home blessed with hard working parents who had high expectations for their children. Religion played a big role in our home life as we prayed the Rosary every day, the Stations of the Cross during Lent and Night Adoration once a month. My Mom took an active role in the church and taught religion classes for about 50 years and was often the President of the local CWL (because no one else would take the job) when she had a baby and many young children at home. Those roles influenced me when I became an adult. My mother asked me once when I was working and
raising my family if I had joined the CWL. I told her I hadn’t because I didn’t have the time. She told me I was missing the “plenary indulgences’’. I said, “I guess I will have to wing it without them for a while”. I did join the CWL in Summerside 25 years ago and I served as Secretary and coordinator of a few church dinners. I transferred my membership to St. Francis of Assisi in Cornwall when I moved there 16 years ago and served as President, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Chair. On the Provincial Council I
served as Treasurer and President Elect/ Organization Chair. Last year I chaired the Special Events Committee which organized many fun events for the National Convention hosted on PEI. I am very grateful for all the wonderful friends I have made during my CWL roles. I put much emphasis on enjoying fellowship and having a good time.

My husband Bob and I have four wonderful adult children who with their lovely spouses have given us ten darling grandchildren. We spend many hours supporting their sports and school activities. My working career consisted of roles within the education system, provincial and federal government: six years teaching high and elementary school, day program coordinator at a manor, and program officer, counsellor, supervisor, manager and I retired in 2008 as the Director of Communications with
Service Canada.

I have volunteered for many organizations over the years and now concentrate my volunteer time to the CWL, National Association of Federal Retirees and the PEI Seniors Secretariat.

I enjoy quilting, cross stitch, playing cards, decorating, travelling and gardening. I look forward to meeting many CWL ladies and working “for God and country”.


All Saints , Cardigan
Corpus Christi, Glenwood
Holy Redeemer, Charlottetown
Saint John Paul II Pastoral Unit (North Rustico, South Rustico, Hope River)
Immaculate Conception, Palmer Road
Our Lady of the Assumption, Stratford
Sacred Heart, Alberton
St. Ann’s, Emyvale
St. Anthony’s, Bloomfield
St. Brigid, Foxley River
St. Columba, East Point
St. Cuthbert’s, St. Teresa’s
St. Dunstan’s Basilica, Charlottetown
St. Felix, Tignish
St. Francis of Assisi, Cornwall
St. Georges, St. Georges
St. James, Summerfield
St. Joachim’s, Vernon River
St. John the Baptist, Miscouche
St. Joseph’s, Kelly’s Cross
St. Malachy’s, Kinkora
St. Martin’s, Cumberland
St. Mary’s Holy Family, Kensington/Indian River
St. Mary’s, Souris
St. Michael’s, Corran Ban
St. Michael’s, Iona
St. Patrick’s, Ft. Augustus
St. Paul’s, Summerside
St. Peter’s, St. Peter’s Bay
St. Peter’s, Seven Mile Bay
St. Pius X, Charlottetown
St. Simon & St. Jude, Tignish
St. Lawrence / St. Theresa, Morell