cwl - concern with care, working with love - in league with others

About Us

The Catholic Women’s League was founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher. The League encourages its members to work both in the parish and in the wider community. Members are also concerned with issues on a national and international level.

The National President and members of the National Executive

The National President and members of the National Executive

The Social Awareness Team ensures members’ voices are heard…

in Social Issues


Justice and Peace

Parliamentary Matters

Relief and Refugee

…in Ecumenism

at Local and National level

in Days of Recollection with women of other faiths

…on the National Stage

through the National Board of Catholic Women


through the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations

Another important aspect of our work is meeting in Conference and promoting the Work of the League

Members serve with cheerfulness and work together with a united voice that can really make a difference. Yes, this is the Catholic Women’s League.

Greetings from the new National President

margaret richardsAs your new National President I would like to thank all members for
their support in my election. I feel honoured and humbled to be able to lead us all for the next year.

We live in challenging times and so must be prepared to be alert to
whatever society demands. A very big thank you is due to Doreen who
has been a wonderful example to us all in the past three years. She has worked so hard in sometimes-difficult circumstances. Her chosen
charity, ‘Help for Heroes’ and the amount of money we raised demonstrated not only our enthusiasm for the cause but our love and respect for her.
Our National Conference and Annual General Meeting in Southport last October was one of the best we have had, and thank you to Doreen Pooley, Elizabeth Rodgers and everyone else who played a part in organising it.
So to the future! We are fortunate to have an enthusiastic National
Executive Committee so I will work with them closely. Encouraging new members is a priority, and also promoting our own charities. It would be good to become closer to the Union of Catholic Mothers and perhaps participate in joint projects.

 I look forward to visiting Branches and Sections and to hearing from
you, the members, with your thoughts on our future. With Faith,
Hope and Love let us all work and pray that the Holy Spirit will guide
us to be active members of our League.
Margaret Richards

Pictured Above: Mrs Margaret Richards, the New National President of the Catholic Women’s League

Ecclesiastical Adviser - Bishop Peter Doyle

CWL Contacts>
We are always ready to welcome new members.
To apply for membership and for further information please contact the National Secretary at the address below.

CWL National Secretary: Mrs Jean Clarke
Tel: (+44) 01684 540414 Fax: (+44) 01684 540414


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St Margaret Clitherow, Patron of the League...Learn more >
latest news

Faith in Prayer and Action  - Officers’ Annual Meeting 
February 2011
Well, what a busy weekend it turned out to be: ...Click for more >

future events
This year’s AGM will be at the Assembly Rooms
in Worthing. The Most Rev. Peter Smith,
Archbishop of Southwark, will be with the League
to celebrate the Mass of the AGM on Saturday 29th
at 12 noon .Click for more>
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