Catholic Women’s League

CWL 2016

Mrs Gillian Snaith and Mrs Anne Beattie : Co-Chairmen
Ms G Davison: Treasurer
Mrs Gail Swift: Secretary




We are part of the Hexham and Newcastle(Roman Catholic Diocese Branch
which was founded in 1911.
Our Section here at St. Robert’s Morpeth was formed and founded in 1962.

We meet fortnightly on a Monday evening at 7:00 pm and usually we are very fortunate to have Holy Mass before our first meeting of the month.
Locally, members attend the quarterly Branch Meetings, the Branch Social and Spiritual activities and more widely the National AGM.
We take an active role in parish life and are involved in Lay Reading, Eucharistic Ministry, sick visiting, church cleaning, breakfast for the First Holy Communion children, plus refreshment for many and varied Parish events by invitation of Father Peter Stott, our Parish Priest.

Here in Morpeth we are very much part of the International and Local aspect of the Catholic Women’s League and we have representatives on many other organisations such as Age Concern, Lepra and Fair Trade.
We also support the League charities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers, the Armed Services and Our Lady’s Catechists. This year 2010 we have been asked by our National President to support  “HELP FOR HEROES”.

If you are interested in finding out more please go to the Catholic Women’s League website: –

Concern with care

Working with love

in League with other

Promoting Educational, Religious and Social Concerns

The C.W.L. was founded in 1906 by Margaret Fletcher.  She was the daughter of an Anglican Clergyman but was received into the Catholic Church in 1897. In a period of struggle for better and equal opportunities for women she looked for members who would support the League’s work at local, diocesan, national and international levels.

We are an organisation of women who seek to promote Christian values within our families and the community at large.  We work alongside many different charities helping where we can, following the example of our Patron St Margaret Clitherow.  Some of us work within our Parish Churches teaching the faith to young and old, others work with the homeless, the immigrant communities, visiting hospitals and prisons, providing  food and clothing to the needy and companionship to the elderly.

The League works nationally, too, having a highly respected voice on the NBCW (National Board of Catholic Women), the Consultative Body to the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Our endeavour is to make our voice heard internationally also and this has been achieved by the League’s Founding Membership of the World Union of Catholic Women Organisations.  In this way we are affiliated to over 100 women’s organisations in five continents. The aim for us all is to promote the advancement of women globally and to protect the interests of women and children, especially in the Developing World.