Dunedin Diocese

Diocesan Liaison Officer’s, Mary Race, report for the end of 2017

It was with sadness that St Theresa’s Branch, Invercargill has closed as no one was prepared to take office. Members are looking at joining either Sacred Heart or St Patrick’s.

The following is a piece written by Fr Mark Chamberlain in honour of Port Chalmers CWL which also closed after fifty years.

Thank you to Port Chalmers CWL. We have received word from our Port Chalmers Branch of Catholic Women’s League, that due to no upcoming membership our league has needed to cease. I am sorry this situation has been confronting our League these past years. You have done a remarkable job in keeping on and supporting those communities needing you. The baking, jam, relish, stalls, the raffles and all the effort you have made in faith and service we give thanks. We are delighted that you could celebrate your Golden Jubilee in August, and at that time we gave thanks to God for each of you, past and present these fifty years. May you hear in moments of quiet, those words of Jesus to all who serve him “well done good and faithful servants…” Fr Mark.


Please, remember to advise CWL Diocesan Secretary, Joan Dickinson joand@xtra.co.nz of your updated office bearers following your AGM.

You will have received a flyer regarding the Dunedin Diocesan Conference that will be held in Oamaru 17th and 18th March 2018. More information will be available at the end of January 2018.

Branches will need to have a theme report and also a branch highlight to present at the conference. The Theme is CWLNZ; The Face of Mercy in Creation.

Names of deceased members need to be forwarded to Anne McRandle annebill@outlook.co.nz by the end of February 2018. Thanks.

From all of the Dunedin Catholic Women’s League Council members we wish you all a very holy Christmas and a safe holiday season. Enjoy time with family and friends, and we look forward to an exciting and challenging 2018.

Next council meeting is 27th January 2018 and I will need reports by 19th January please.

Liaison Officer report / Newsletter to the Dunedin Diocesan CWL Council Meeting 9th December 2017

North region: South Dunedin – October. The Annual General Meeting commenced with Mass, members did the readings, prayers of the Faithful, and the League hymn was sung. President Erin KereKere presented her very detailed Annual Report which covered all our activities for the year.   We had many interesting speakers, such as the President of Grey Power Otago, Presbyterian Support Otago explaining the Buddy System, Driving Miss Daisy, and a volunteer who explained the training procedures for helping refugees to settle in Dunedin. The highlight of the 2016 year was our 50th Jubilee, which was a great occasion commencing with Mass, followed by lunch and entertainment. Members have been most generous providing goods for refugees and St. Vincent de Paul.  November: At our last General Meeting for 2017 our guest speaker was a granddaughter of one of our members, who had spent 18months living in Canada.  Anna-Marie attended university for part of this time, and then visited parts of Canada.  Everywhere she travelled was well documented, and shown to us on the overhead. Anna-Marie stayed with people who had come from New Zealand, and joined the “Couche” system, where mainly young tourists can stay a few nights in people’s houses.  She found people very friendly and helpful.   Anna-Marie worked in cafes.  One with a fascinating name, Fat Fox Café, was in the town of Yellow Knife. The cold was very intense and she bought along her outdoor clothing to show us.  These garments were extremely thick with many woollen layers.   A trip to the Arctic Circle was a highlight.   Members really enjoyed her talk and asked many questions at the end. A week later found members attending our end of year Christmas Luncheon at the Forbury Park Raceway, where we all enjoyed relaxing over lunch, and plenty of time to catch up with our League friends.

Oamaru:    Our October social meeting preceded our AGM. Fourteen members were present and made for a very successful sales table auction.  Many thanks to all our members who support us in this way.  Sister Madeleine’s reflection challenged us to really think about the way in which Jesus told parables to get His message across to people.  They are fictional, imaginative and illustrate everyday life.  There are no spirits and angelic hosts in the stories.  They are illustrative of human activities, human emotions and frailties.  Members discussed the parables they identified with and how each parable links with our lives today. The Annual General Meeting followed. Coleen Blackmore read the President’s report for 2016/2017.  It has been a busy and giving year for our CWL.  Breda O’Brien thanked Coleen on our behalf amid much applause.  Judy Moffat talked on the yearly financial statement which had previously been distributed.  We do rely on the generosity of our members to keep our finances in good shape.  Subscriptions were set at the same amount as the previous year. Coleen presented flowers to Neroli Cottam who retired from the Secretary’s position and to Sister Madeleine who is retiring as Spiritual Advisor. We are grateful to Betty Jameson who willingly supplies us with floral tributes when they are needed.

South Region: Gore: August 2017. After our meeting in August we went to our wonderful Art Gallery where Jim Geddes gave a very interesting talk on the two new exhibitions on show.  We then went over the road to The Thomas Green for tea, coffee and scones.  September 2017.  We had our annual bus trip which is funded from a Lotto grant to Te Anau and had a lovely lunch at a place called the Ranch.  After a wander round the town our bus driver drove us  to a museum at Gorge Hill. What an amazing place.  It is a war museum run by a married couple and such a collection of American and English machinery. They then gave us a lovely afternoon tea, hot scones and pikelets and cream. The trip was organised by Cath Bennett.  Thank you Cath for a wonderful day out. October 2017. Our speaker was a member of our parish and a very good photographer.  She was a delightful speaker and had lots of albums and photos to show us. November 2017. This meeting was a Mass held by Father Damien who celebrated a very lovely Mass for our deceased members. We invited any members of their families who wished to attend. We then had a social time and afternoon tea. December 2017. We are going to a pre – Christmas lunch at Croyden Lodge Hotel.

St Patrick’s Branch Invercargill: October: Some members assisted with the morning tea following the parish first communion Mass. The branch has assisted a young girl who has just been accepted into Verdon College by contributing towards her school uniform following a request from Fr Hook. Officer Bearers: Chris Te Moananui President; Anne McRandle Vice President;  Elizabeth Maere Treasurer Fay Forde Spiritual Director  Tracey Cole Secretary  November 2017:  A Mass for Deceased Members of the Mission Shop was held at the Basilica on Thursday the 9th of November at 9am and was followed by a cup of tea. CWL take over the running of the St Vincent De Paul Pomona Street Shop for the week of the 11th to the 15th of December 9am to 4pm.  We hosted a Christmas Party for residents at Calvary on Saturday the 25th of November at 2pm.  Chris Te Moananui welcomed everyone and handed over to Fr Hook who entertained us with some beautiful songs and then led everyone in Christmas Carols. Members supplied the eats, Christmas cake, juice and sherry; which was enjoyed by everyone.

Pat Stewart and Leonie Booth at Christmas Party.

Waikiwi: Our October Meeting was held in the Presbytery where we had a lovely Chinese Takeaway Meal.  This was followed by our AGM where Joy McCabe was re-elected as President, Pat Tippen was re-elected as Treasurer and Ann McCloy was re-elected as Secretary.  After we had our normal meeting we were entertained by our Guest Speaker Denise Poole who showed us the beautiful needlework including Patchwork and Christmas novelties she had made.  The afternoon concluded with Afternoon Tea.

On Saturday the 18th of November we finished up our year by going to a Restaurant called “First on Windsor” for a delicious lunch which was enjoyed by all.  This concluded a very successful year and it was nice being able to share it with two of our Members who both work and were able to join us.


Central region: Queenstown: We have postponed our treat to Mt Nicholas as only 4 ladies could go.  It will now be late January or early February.  We are spring cleaning the church 15th Dec. Father Damian’s housekeeper found us some altar cloths for the church from churches that have closed which was great. We have funds to send to Tonga.  However, we have had no response from Sister Kilistina.  Does anyone have a new contact for them, please?  The Mission Convenor has made contact and passed the information back to Fae.


Newsletter / Liaison report

Dunedin Diocesan Council meeting held on Saturday 14th October.

Tui has attended her first CWL National board meeting in July. Below is a some of her report following this meeting. National President Kay Blackburn gave a very detailed report to the Board. She started her report with a quote from Pope Francis:  “Pastoral ministry seeks to abandon the complacent attitude that says,  “We have always done it this way.” Kay invites everyone  to be bold and creative in this task of rethinking the goals, structures, styles and methods of evangelisation in their respective communities.”  Kay said. “We are evangelists in our communities. We are ‘out there’ in our communities. We are leaders in our communities.”             It is most important when organising a speaker for a Conference that you know exactly what is needed for a successful presentation.  (power point projector, screen, microphone, extension cords,) All the things that help things run smoothly.  Communication is very important in a group such as ours.     There were a number of nominations for the theme for the next two years. This will be launched at the National Conference in Wellington next July.

There have been two Regional meetings held in the Diocese this year. I was unable to attend the one in Invercargill as I was unwell but I asked Anne McRandle to attend in my place and I received a full and comprehensive report about the meeting.  Anne and I attended the meeting held in South Dunedin. A lively discussion was held concerning the raising of the levies.   In Faith and Service, Tui Pasco Dunedin Diocesan President.


The next report is my Liaison Officer report to the council meeting held on 14th October 2017.

North Region: Oamaru July: Sister Madeleine read as her reflection an article from the Far East magazine.  It was written by Fr Francis Keen and told the story of Columban missionary Fr Francis Vernon Douglas who was tortured and killed during World War 2, in 1943 in the occupied Philippines. Guest speaker was a speaker from the  Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society.(PARS) An action that the branch would like to take to assist the Oamaru PARS workers is to acquire some car seats to lend to families who visit the prisons. Some families do not have a car and thus do not own or have car seats.  Pars workers can offer some help with transportation but need car seats for children accompanying parents or care givers.  August: three members were represented Oamaru at the Port Chalmers 50th Jubilee Celebrations. Sister Madeleine’s reflection was centred around the Feast Days for Religious Orders which occur in August.  Feast Days occasion many family memories too.  Sister Madeleine opened the doors of some of her wonderful memories to allow members a look inside. Some members were encouraged to share their own special memories. Discussion about a survey being distributed by Age Concern and Grey Power, entitled ‘Safer Waitaki’.  Survey forms were distributed to members and they were encouraged to take them away to fill in.

South Dunedin:  April:  Our guest speaker was Jo Miller the President of Grey Power Otago, who gave an extensive coverage of this very active organisation.   Grey Power is an advocacy group promoting the welfare and well being of all those citizens in the 50 plus age group. Jo is a very enthusiastic person, her main concern at the time of her visit was the bus service, which had recently been reorganised, with change of routes and times, with the result some elderly folk have to walk much further to catch a bus to the City.   May:    During this month we ran a raffle for funds for our Mission Community, members were most generous with goods for the raffles, tickets were sold after Mass, and Parishioners were equally as generous buying tickets, $620 was raised.   WUCWO Day commenced with Father Suni saying Mass for us on this important day when we remember all those women and families who are struggling for survival without the necessities of life, such as clean water, adequate food, and health care. June:    The guest speaker for this meeting was  Larissa Pearce from the Presbyterian Support Otago.  Larissa is the co-ordinator for the Buddy Programme, which matches young children with adult buddies. This is a very in  depth process, and involves an initial interview, application form, and Police checking.  There is a minimum of 12 month commitment required, however many matches continue over many years.  The whole aim is to boost children’s lives with friendship, fun, encouragement and positive attitudes. July:   a social event at Robbies.  August:  The Branch hosted the Regional Meeting, which was well attended, Oamaru and Port Chalmers joined us.   We commenced with lunch, followed by Deb Gilling from the Presbyterian Support who told us about the “Out of Gate” system they use for women prisoners who are released from prison.   Deb was a great speaker, and told us how hard it is to integrate these women back into society, she spoke on building strong families, negotiating the minefield of parenting teenagers, preparing youth to be life ready and work ready, and help finding your place in your community. At  our General Meeting we had a member of the Police Department, who spoke on safety, this was a really thought provoking talk,  she was able to involve members, who gave their experiences, and were able to talk freely with her.  We all gained knowledge of how to keep our houses safe, and especially ourselves. The September meeting was replaced with a Bus Trip, financed by a Lotteries Grant. Members and guests from Port Chalmers Branch and Mercy Parish saw 30 happy faces on the bus at 10.30am heading for Middlemarch. The weather beamed upon us and the bus driver shared his wide knowledge of the area throughout the day. Lunch at the Strath Taieri Hotel was much enjoyed and some also enjoyed a short stroll in the area. We then proceeded to the Lookout at McRaes Flat, where the tiered mining crater was vast! It was not surprising to learn that it is visible from Outer Space. Random quiz questions from the driver kept us alert as we arrived in Palmerston for a quick look around and an ice cream where required! We arrived back in Dunedin after 4.00pm with a bus load of happy tired people, all having had a lovely day out.                                                                       Port Chalmers: June/ July:  Several of our members have been unwell during this  time we wish them a speedy recovery. Our WUCWO donation of $25 was collected at our WUCWO  reflection using prayers  from the information given. August 2017: A very full muster (6 in all) attended our August meeting. Donations to our Mission Station on Nassau was sent along  with donations to 5 other charities we have been sending to over the years as well as the At Home Appeal. Some NCW Remits were discussed and voted  on some we felt were not for us to discuss. September:  A very successful 5oth Jubilee was held in the Port Chalmers Town hall on 24th August Mass  was concelebrated by Fathers Mark, Aidan, Michael and Father Dan Cummings who is the resident Priest here at Port Chalmers. Our President Joan Burgess presented Natalie Smith with a Life Membership. The following service bars were also presented: 50yrs Maureen Meehan, Pauline Lysaght, Natalie Smith. 40yrs Joan Burgess. We enjoyed the company of our many past and present members sharing their memories and photos of their time spent at league.

Central Region: Queenstown: Have had our first meeting in recent times as the roads as now safer. Discussed the At Home Appeal Pillars and also had a good look at The Face of Mercy in Creation. Have set up a weekly notice for the Church Bulletin with one point a week to consider and at the end of 12 weeks we will print and hand out the entire list.

South Region: St Patrick’s Invercargill. July: Mission shop continues to function although the shop manager has been unwell, an on leave, volunteers have been called for to assist.  Social meeting gathered on a Saturday afternoon to view the work from the craft group that meets in the Parish centre each week. August: The Regional meeting was held at St. Patrick’s on the 12th of August.  Guest speaker was Lynda Harding from PILLARS.  Lynda was supported by Shelli.  September: There was some interest from the appeal for volunteers for the Mission shop.  Leonie Booth celebrated her 90th birthday recently and a group of league members enjoyed a lovely lunch out a local café with her.  Rita Dowling celebrated her 89th birthday on the 5th of September and members enjoyed a cup of tea and cake after the monthly meeting.  Congratulations Rita! Several members assisted with the morning tea following the First Communion recently.




Waikiwi: July: Joy McCabe’s daughter gave an interesting talk on her recent trip to the world Brass Band championships which were held in the Netherlands, her daughter Megan was chosen to attend this very prestigious event. She also talked about London and Paris. In August we had a most interesting talk by Steve Boyle about a recent trip he and his wife Joanne had to Ireland.  He bought some interesting souvenirs which were enjoyed by all. In September Valda Kilkelly one of our Members and our gardening Guru entertained us and answered lots of questions, She used to work at Young’s Garden Shop now Nichols Garden Centre.  We also discussed the upcoming Annual General Meeting. Each year we put in $10 per Member and have a very delicious Chinese Meal beforehand.

  • 2018 Conference 17th & 18th March in Oamaru. We will be finishing off the theme of The Face of Mercy in Creation, so all branches will need to have a summary of what they have done concerning this topic in the last two years.
  • Branches are reminded to have Women’s Voice orders to Anne Lumb by 28th February 2018.
  • At home appeal Pillars.  How can we help with the situation in NZ as it applies to abused children and adults, homeless, clean water, food and healthcare, survival, immigration, minorities, trafficking?
  • Mission Education Fund only 4 branches applied for this money to assist their mission community.
  • It was with regret that the Council accepted the closing of the Port Chalmers CWL branch after 50 yrs of Faith and Service.
  • National CWL conference 2018, 25 – 28th July in Wellington.
  • Branch reports needed to be forwarded to me by 1st December as our next meeting is 9th

Mary Fensom Liaison Officer CWL

Tui Pasco Dunedin Diocesan President 2017.

I am married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Our second daughter died of cancer in 2013. My husband is a retired painter and non- sworn police  person. We live in the St. Patrick’s Parish in South Invercargill. We are both very involved with Parish work, Parish Council, Liturgy preparation, Ministers of liturgy.

I am a semi retired school teacher. I have not worked full time in the classroom for some time but I have been involved with some relieving positions. The majority of my teaching has been in the Catholic school system where I have held the role of DRS and also Associate Principal. I have completed all my teaching in Invercargill and surrounding areas.  At the present time I am the Religious Education Advisor for the Southland Catholic Schools.  Until recently, I have also been employed by the Diocese as the Special Character Reviewer for the Diocese. I am the Chairperson of the Diocesan Council called the Faith and Service Council, and the chairperson of the committee steering the transition to one Parish in Invercargill.

I first became interested in Catholic Women’s league in 1974 when the Invercargill Central branch de centralised to enable the outlying parishes to have a branch of their own. I was a founding member of the St. Patrick’s Branch. We have always been a branch of strong minded women and some of the ladies I have been privileged to work with have been an inspiration to me. I have great memories of the years when we entertained the ladies from other Church groups in the city. This was the highlight of the year for us as we practised our items for the entertainment. Sadly, even though we still have this afternoon, now we call on others, often children from the local school, to do the entertaining. A sign of the times, alas.

I have held the role of Branch President, Secretary, Treasurer, not all at the same time. Diocesan President and Secretary, National President and now I am recycled as Diocesan President again.

I acknowledge that our numbers are dwindling but I am still a firm believer in our aims and I am ever hopeful that we can still turn it around. I have great Faith that Service will prevail.

Dunedin Council Meeting Regional Reports

Council Meeting June 2017                                    Liaison Officer Mary Race

Southern Region

Waikiwi: Feb:  Sprays presented to Kath Scott and Rena Calvert who were both 90 years old.       March: they had a Show and Tell. Members also helped with Hospice Appeal.      April: Fr Tony Harrison gave a a talk with slides of his trip to McMurdo Sound. May: a bus trip with lottery grant to Wyndham looking around the museum, then on to Fortrose for lunch at Stirling Tides café. On the 18th May the branch met for lunch at the home of Pat and Roger Tippen who were celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary. Before the lunch Kath Scott and Rena Calvert were presented with Life members badges and embossed candles and thanked for their support over many years to league. Anne McCloy.

Gore:     April.   Speaker was Kate Nicholson the Principal of St Peters College who spoke on recruitment of Overseas Students, this began in2010 continuing and ongoing  reasons being Financial resources and global awareness.  Still continue to send  on a monthly basis parcels to a local patient in Balclutha whom we have been supporting for many years.    May: We held the WUCWO Liturgy in the Chapel, all members took an active part in the service  the collection was $78 -00.  A very enjoyable social quiz was prepared and organised by Brenda McLay. It is challenging time with our 3 rolling presidents but they do not want the branch to fold. Margaret Wilson.

Central Region

Roxburgh: May: Margaret Card welcomed a small number of members for their very last meeting. We are all elderly ladies but have enjoyed our monthly meetings and working for our two charities over the years. The branch has had a long history with first meeting on the 16th April 1953 mainly due to the wives of the large workforce working on the Roxburgh dam. Donations have been sent to monte Cecilia Housing trust and Little Sister. Plan to wind-up with a meal together next month with Fr Pat McGettigan as our guest. Averill McElligot.

Northern Region:

Port Chalmers: Feb: members gathered to share fun and fellowship that they shared with family and friends over the Christmas and holiday season. 2 members attended the opening Mass held in Mercy parish south Dunedin.         March: hosted the World Day of Prayer. A good attendance of members from our local churches gathered with us.          April: planning is underway for our street stall which will be held in May. The celebration of our 50th Anniversary is to be held on the 24th August this year.         May: Successful street was held raising $1000.00 to distribute to our Mission community. 2 members made sprays that were given to all Mothers on Mother’s day.

South Dunedin: November: Our 50th Jubilee commenced with Mass. During Mass a candle was lit to remember our deceased members. Finger food for lunch.  During the afternoon there was entertainment, the committee recited an amusing poem and sang a song pertaining to the League.   The Archivists gave a fun demonstration on how methods have changed over the years, and demonstrated some of the up-to-date equipment.  We had a great sing-a-long, prior to cutting the special cake, which was beautifully decorated with our League Logo.          February: The Branch hosted the Regional Meeting, Mass was held in St. Patrick’s Basilica, Father Gerard Aynsley reminded us to be true to our Motto of Faith and Service. The general meeting commenced with a reflection on friendships – real friendships a  gift and remain with us throughout our lives.  We discussed helping our Mission Community, and arranging guest speakers.       March: The March meeting commenced with a reflection on Listening, do we really listen to one another? This month we received a Lottery Grant, and we are making plans for a bus trip in the Spring. Our delegate Pearl McCabe gave a very comprehensive report on the Diocesan Conference, and members discussed many of the points bought in the report.           April: The guest speaker  was Jo Miller President of Grey Power Otago (inc), Jo gave us an extensive coverage of this very active organisation.   Grey Power is an advocacy group promoting the welfare of all those citizens in the 50 plus age group.   They also have input to the Dunedin City Council on matters connected to the new bus routes, and crossings for pedestrians.  The branch is organising a Mission Raffle for funds to send to our Mission Community,   Our members have been most generous providing items for a three draw raffle.          May:  Father Suni said Mass for the WUCWO Prayer of  Day, we remembered all those women and families who are struggling for survival, who do not have the necessities of life,  and we prayed for the refugees who have had to flee their countries.   Shirley Curran was thanked for organising the prayers and readings pertaining to the theme for this special day.   The Mission Raffle was drawn, which has been a great success, and three people were the recipients of these well present baskets.   Submitted by June McAtamney

Oamaru: Feb: 12 present 5 apologies. Sister Madeline gave a thoughtful reflection on the many and sudden changes since Vatican II. She cited the changes for religious living out in the community which was a huge challenge for them. The Hot Topic was Our Parish – are we a welcoming community? Two members attended the regional Mass in February. Two long term members are moving Dorothy Stratford to Somerset House in Dunedin and Marianne Mierniki to Christchurch to be near family.         March: 13 present 5 apologies. Sales table auction and morning tea well enjoyed. Coleen tested our I.Q’s with the MacAleese trophy questions. Well done to Kate Brunton who answered nearly every question.  Coleen gave a report on the Alexandra conference. Coleen felt the venue, food and general organisation were all first class with interesting highlights, reflection and charismatic speakers. Members who went to Teschemakers retreat agreed that it was a wonderful experience, broadening and awakening hope and faith in God and creation. Plans for bus trip were out lined.          April: 16 members present and 2 visitors. Coleen read a reflection by Sister John Boscoe regarding the way we perceive the Resurrection. Members were urged to attend the next committee meeting in May as the Mayor will meet with us regarding our concerns about increased traffic flow on Reed Street. Sending $2500.00 to the Solomon Islands to help build a new priest’s house and Community centre. Thanks to a generous parishioner who donated $2000.00 of this. Nicola Mountain gave a lively and interesting talk about her trip to Bangladesh.  Submitted by Neroli Cottam


Oamaru Branch Dunedin Diocese Lotto Grant Bus Trip


Our bus trip to Timaru and Geraldine was on a sunny, clear May day, just right for travelling.   Upon boarding we were given a goodie bag of chocolates, lotto scratchy, handy tissues and a small cup.   The cup was to replenish thirst (water and orange juice available.)  Sister Madeleine said a prayer for our safety and Joan McMullan welcomed us all to the festivities of the day.  We picked up passengers at Iona and at the Kurow turnoff further along the route.  It was lovely to welcome Jo Aartes and friends into our midst from Whalen Lodge in Kurow.

We were challenged by a quiz. Writing isn’t easy on a bus but happily most of us managed.  

Timaru seemed to be reached in a short time such was the talking and quiz concentration.

Our helpful bus driver took us for a short tour around the Timaru Gardens before driving us to St Mary’s Anglican Church. St Mary’s is an authentic example of English Gothic revival, the interior is stunningly beautiful with oak carvings and stained-glass picture windows.  We were encouraged to look around before listening to a wonderfully played musical recital by our own Peter McMullan. Betty Jameson, Gwen Dodd and Sr Madeleine were among those enjoying the mini-concert. St Mary’s has the longest piano ever built,

measuring 5.7 metres called the The Alexander Piano.  It was built by a young teenager, Adrian Mann in a farm shed in South Canterbury. (for more detail Google Alexander Piano)  Our bus trip contingent joined voice for the final piece, Let There Be Peace on Earth.  This set us up well for the next stop, the Timaru RSA for a very satisfying lunch and relaxation.

We had time for a 20-minute stopover at the Aigantighe Art Gallery, to view a special exhibition and /or walk about the gardens to inspect the interesting statues.

Geraldine was our next port of call, with time here for leisurely shopping, museum visiting or just strolling about in the late sunshine eating an ice-cream. Some of us had a close look at some paua pearls – the rarest pearls in the world.

Our cheerful bus driver was ever mindful of our safety and quick to help some of the less spry passengers in and out of the bus.

Our bus trip organisers Joan McMullan and Mary Dwyer are to be congratulated for an informative, cultural, pleasantly, fun filled outing with thanks to the Lotteries Board for allowing us the chance to provide an outing for our less able community members.


Dunedin Council Meeting Regional Report:

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Liaison Officers report and Newsletter following the Dunedin CWL Council Meeting held in Balclutha on 9th December 2017


Catholic Women’s League in Dunedin Diocese began in Invercargill in1952.  Spread now throughout Otago and Southland there are 15 branches spread across four regions:  Southland, Dunedin CIty, North Otago and Central Otago.

All Branches have a mission community in the Pacific that they minister to, both financially and spiritually.

The Diocesan Council consists of; President, Secretary, Treasurer, 2 Vice Presidents, a Spiritual Director, a Representative from each Region plus a person responsible for each of the following portfolios:  Social Concerns, Missions, WUCWO, National Council of Women, Promotions and Lone Leaguers.