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CANCELLED-Annual Pilgrimage to the Canadian Martyrs

The CWL and Knights of Columbus organizers have decided that with the impending Hurricane Fiona/post Tropical Storm which will be arriving in the Atlantic provinces Friday night and Saturday, that for SAFETY REASONS, the Annual Rosary and Pilgrimage at St. Peter’s Church, Seven Mile Bay scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2022  at 10am is CANCELLED. May God keep everyone safe during this storm and May Our Lady of Good Counsel continue to guide us.
Gay Garvey, CWL PEI Provincial President

Fall Conferences (Hold the Date)

October 15th 8:30-1:00 pm St. Joachim’s Church, Vernon River & October 29th 8:30-1:00 p.m. St. Paul’s Church, Summerside – stay tuned for more details to come!!

National CWL Convention 2022

The 102nd National CWL Convention was held at the Delta Hotels by Marriot Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC from August 14 to 18, 2022. What a convention it was! There were 3 of us representing PEI, President Gay Garvey, President-Elect Karen Rossiter, and Treasurer Cheryl Boom. There were 462 delegates and guests in attendance.

Sunday afternoon began with the Resolutions Dialogue followed by the Opening Mass at Immaculate Conception in the evening.

Monday was a business day and we listened to reports from each province, National Executive, and Committee Chairs. The instructed vote on the Per Capita Fee increase was adopted with 7 provinces in favor and 4 provinces against. The fee increases from $13 to $25 and will come into effect January 2023. There will be more information on the increase in the upcoming League Magazine and on the National Website. The afternoon ended with the commissioning of 9 new Life Members from years 2020 and 2021, including our very own Irene Gallant, Past PEI Provincial President.

Monday evening, we dressed up in our Flapper attire and enjoyed the Roaring 20’s Dinner & Dance.

Tuesday was a speaker day. Honorary Life Member Barbara Dowding gave a memorable presentation on “The Art of Accompaniment”. A relevant and inspiring talk which gave wonderful ideas on how we might accompany one another in the League and in our parishes. She reminded us of the many blessings we as Catholics have and that His Holiness asks us to help our parishes to be places of Holiness, welcoming and inclusive.

Elizabeth Tomlin, author of “Joyful Momentum” and “You are Now of God,” delivered a powerful speech about pastoral care, vocation, spiritual friendships, and the gift of women’s group ministry. What an incredible presentation! Tuesday evening was Provincial Dinners and PEI joined NB, NS and NFLD at the Soul de Cuba Cafe for a lovely meal and fellowship.

Wednesday was back to business, and we heard updates on the Strategic Plan from year 3 working groups. Resources are now available on the National Website.

One resolution was brought forward for approval and was adopted. “Enact Federal Legislation to Reduce Food Loss & Waste”. The instructed votes on the 8 proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws were all adopted except changing our patroness. 

The business session closed Wednesday afternoon and we joined together in gratitude for all the League is and does in the Closing Mass held at Immaculate Conception Church. National Officers reaffirmed their commitment for the upcoming year, and flags were processed out in silence.

The Convention wrapped up with a lovely banquet where we were treated to an amazing presentation of 100 years of the CWL by National Communications Chair Betty Coloneri!! We have so much to be proud of!!


The Catholic Women’s League on Prince Edward Island consists of 30 councils representing approximately 1700 members. This membership is part of a National membership of over 70,000 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 “Catholic & Living It!” which is lived out on Prince Edward Island.


Gay Garvey
Prince Edward Island Provincial President

I am very happy to be elected as your Provincial President for the years 2021-2023.  This past year and a half has been, as it is often referred to, “unprecedented”. I agree, COVID-19 has thrown us into uncertain and new ways of doing things.  At the same time, we have been called to be prudent, to pray and put our trust in God’s wisdom.

For those who don’t know me, I am usually called by my middle name, “Gay Garvey”. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario where I attended Catholic school and graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing with my RN Diploma. In 1971, my husband Tom and I moved to PEI, worked and raised our 5 children.  om passed away in 2015 and my oldest son Michael in 2019. I now have 11 grandchildren who are the joy of my life.

I have been a CWL Member for 37 years at St. Dunstan’s Basilica Parish, Charlottetown. I was on the PEI Provincial Council from 1998-2002 and 2016 to present. I have also been involved with the Canadian Youth Pro-Life Organization, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition/Palliative Care, PEI Right to Life Association, Ignatian Spirituality Exercises and Prayer Group plus parish involvement over the years and most recently COVID Ministry.

I worked for 22 years at the Dr. John Gillis Lodge in Eldon, PEI. During that time, I worked as the Director of Nursing for 12 years and then as staff RN up until I finally retired. I also obtained my RN Certification in Gerontology at the same time.

At the National AMM the new two-year theme, “Catholic and Living It!” was announced by our new National President, Fran Lucas.  It will run from January 1st, 2022 to December 31st, 2023. Fran hopes that building relationships as a ‘Catholic and Living It’ will make for stronger families, members, councils, parish communities, partner organizations and beyond.

God Bless You and Your Families and May Our Lady of Good Counsel Guide Us.


All Saints , Cardigan
Corpus Christi, Glenwood
Holy Redeemer, Charlottetown
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. 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. 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