Mission Secretary

Mission Secretaries have a very busy and important task to perform on behalf of Catholic Women’s League. Susan Lloyd (past), present secretary Jenny Muschamp and Coleen Blackmore (past) at the 2018 National Conference in Wellington.

All members of Catholic Women’s League are committed to improving the social fabric of their communities and the wider world.  Each Branch raises awareness of what is needed, works in a practical way towards improving situations and raises funds to be distributed to individuals, groups and formal charities with this mind.  Mission at home has always been considered the first beneficiaries of fund-raising and gathering of goods.

There is, also, national giving that the National Mission Secretary oversees. The allocation of South West Pacific mission communities to Branches works to ensure that CWL support is spread as widely and as equitably as possible.  Branches support their own mission community, usually through fund raising now as the shipping costs of goods is so prohibitive unless there is personal contact with someone able to ship goods to a specific destination.

The following are specific funds that all Branches contribute to once annually:-

National Mission Project

The annual amount raised by Branches is donated to a specific project in the Pacific.  The first donation was made in about 60 years ago and has continued every year since.  This money has been used for such projects as water tanks to ensure a constant supply of fresh water, to buy sewing machines so women can learn skills to be able to start small businesses to support their families, to buy a concrete mixer for a village to help build a school and a health clinic, to buy materials to build a toilet block at a school.

Mission Education Fund

The annual amount raised is distributed by the National Secretary in set amounts on written requests from Branches to further education in the Pacific.  This helps to buy teaching materials for schools, to pay for students’ school fees or uniforms or to assist adult learning.

Mission at Home Appeal

Instituted in 1990 as a means of extending CWL presence and work in the wider community, the funds raised are donated to a different non-church national organisation each year.  Members are encouraged to learn about the organisation by providing suitable speakers and distributing suitable material.  The most recent appeal has been the Motor Neurone Disease Association.  Among others has been the Sophie Elliott Trust, Prostate Cancer Research and Ovarian Cancer Research.

Jubilee Fund

The Jubilee Fund is an investment fund raised by members in 1974 and added to in 2000.  A percentage of the interest is added to the capital to offset inflation and the balance is donated to a church related social or charitable project in New Zealand each year.  These are on a smaller scale and mainly in one location.

Nathaniel Centre (NZ Catholic Bio-ethics Centre)

The primary task is to make the principle and processes of bio-ethics understandable in terms of Catholic teaching.  Branches support the Centre financially with an annual donation. nathaniel.org.nz