Catholic Women’s League marks 100 years

Catholic Women’s League marks 100 years

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cotabato, delivers the homily during Mass to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Catholic Women’s League at the PICC Reception Hall in Pasay City on May 25. COURTESY OF FR. PROSPERO TENORIO

By CBCP News

May 27, 2019

Manila, Philippines

For 100 years, charity work and loyalty have been the cornerstone of the Catholic Women’s League (CWL).

“This centennial celebration is a pledge and an assurance that we will serve the church and the country for many years,” said CWL National President Dr. Rosa Rita Mariano.

The CWL was formed in 1919 by Archbishop Michael O’Doherty with a group of prominent Catholic women.

The charitable spirit spread like a wildfire, and before long the CWL was the country’s largest Catholic women organization.

To date, CWL has around 250,000 members from 84 dioceses across the country with a mission to entrench spiritual and moral values of Filipino women.

“Throughout its 100-year history, the CWL in the Philippines has been the glue that continues to bind the church,” Mariano said.

She said that the CWL advocacies on family, women, children and environment remain their key priorities.

The milestone was highlighted with a Mass presided over by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the Archbishop Emeritus of Cotabato, at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City on March 25.

Also present were Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan de Oro, Bishop Mel Rey Uy of Lucena and Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican Grace Relucio Princesa, who was the keynote speaker.

Dubbed as “100 Years of Grace,” the event showcased the organization’s contributions to the Church and society.

The gathering also paid tribute to its members who have performed well through the years and those who have nurtured their sons and daughters to the consecrated life— the CWL mothers of nuns, priests and bishops.

Mariano said their inspiring servant leadership “made CWL what it is today”.

Among the group’s pioneering apostolate were catechetical works for public school children and easing welfare cases such as unemployment and family problems.

During World War II, the CWL assisted wounded Filipinos in an emergency hospital setup in Ermita, Manila.