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

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.

PRESIDENT’S PROFILE

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”.

PARISHES

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