Auckland Diocese




 These two Branches have closed down in the last year.  Both branches will keep their Mission Station (Northcote has a monthly parish morning tea to raise funds) but their members will join with Takapuna for the monthly meetings. This spreads the load, with most members being over 75 and not keeping the best of health. It also makes getting speakers easier; it can be embarassing if numbers are small when you ask someone to speak.


Our very own Janet Presland, who has held positions at  CWL Branch level, at Diocesan level and at National level, as well as doing lots of work in St Anthony’s Parish, was presented with a Benemerenti Papal Medal at Mass at St Anthony’s recently. Our congratulations go to Janet – a reward for all her hard work over many years.


A wonderful lunch at  Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club marked 60 years of CWL in Pukekohe. A delicious meal, great entertainment from a husband and wife duo, and friendly conversation with over 60 members, helped to make it a memorable occasion. Father Robert Steele, Pukekohe’s Parish Priest and Father James Mulligan, CWL Chaplain were present. Our new Diocesan President, Colleen Petricevich, spoke of her journey, which started with nine years schooling by Sisters of the Mission in Pukekohe!


L – R  Past Presidents Maria Van der Gulik, Colleen Earl, Irene Farrell, Faye McCrae, Jenny Surrey, Jenni Wullings, Margaret Hartland and Fleur de Farais. Cutting the cake are the two oldest members Noeline Fraser and Margaret Hartland.

The Catholic Women’s League began in New Zealand in 1931 in the Auckland Diocese, so Auckland has a proud place in the history of CWLNZ.  We have 19 branches spread across 4 regions – North, North Shore, East/West and South.  Regional meetings are held annually – travel in Auckland’s traffic makes more frequent meetings problematic but members enjoy the opportunity to meet face-to-face to plan future events and discuss concerns.  The Diocesan Council meets in Ponsonby at the Pompallier Centre

Mission communities are a priority for all branches and most regions also have their own mission community. In addition, for many years Auckland has raised funds for the Sisters of the St Thomas Apostle Carmelite Monastery with a levy on all members and an annual Mass and luncheon.