Peak Catholic Women’s organisation gathers in Parramatta
Photo: Adrian Middeldorp
Women from around Australia gathered at the Novotel Parramatta for the 47th Biennial National Conference of the Catholic Women’s League Australia (CWLA). The conference explored the theme of “Listen with the Heart” and included discussion around contemporary issues impacting women such as domestic violence and sex slavery.
|His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) opens the conference Photo: Adrian Middeldorp|
Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), opened the conference as St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, commending the league and stating that the issues that were within their mission were issues “close to his heart”.
Diocesan Administrator, Fr Peter Williams, celebrated the Opening Mass and challenged the League to be open to the Word of God and that by doing so they would be able to achieve their mission:
“Through an openness at all times to the Word of God, to challenge, to probe, to unsettle and also to comfort and inspire, as we all seek to live out our baptismal dignity as the daughters and sons of God.”
Diocesan Administrator - Very Rev Fr Peter Williams Photo: Adrian Middeldorp
Officially formed in 1975, the CWLA traces its roots back to conferences that began early twentieth century. What began as a charity and an opportunity for women to network, transformed into a body to assist and influence public opinion and legislation to promote the dignity of the human person.
Read Fr Peter’s Homily here
Read more about the mission of the Catholic Women’s League Australia
To see a photo album from the opening Mass: https://www.flickr.com/photos/parracatholic/albums/72157658962259126
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