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Our History

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“In 1927 when Archbishop James Duhig approached the Ladies Committee of the Seamen’s Catholic Club and suggested the formation of a branch of the Catholic Daughters of Australia (CDA), he could hardly have imagined what lay ahead. Today, because of his initiative and the remarkable industry and imagination of the first group, the Catholic Women’s League has developed from its humble origins to become a truly significant organisation within the overall life of the Provincial Church of Queensland.”1

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Group of Delegates at "Wynberg" with Archbishop Duhig

“For the Honour and Glory of God” was the motto chosen by His Grace, Archbishop James Duhig for the Catholic Daughters of Australia (CDA) in Queensland.

“For the Honour and Glory of God,
Let kindness lead my way
To help the weary on life’s road
And share my joy where I may.
May no false word be said by my lips
Let peace be where I’ve trod
And all my life be lived with love
For the Honour and Glory of God,
For the Honour and Glory of God.”

Our CWL QLD anthem was written and composed by Sheila Lourigan and is sung or recited at our Branch, Diocesan and State Meetings after the CWL Prayers.

Members are mindful of the traditions built up over eighty-four years and, hopefully and prayerfully strive to carry our mission:

“To Love One Another”

“Be sensitive to the dignity of members and responsive to their needs. Live the Gospel by example and deed so, with God’s help, and as part of His plan, we can make a difference.”2


1 Most Reverend John Bathersby, Archbishop of Brisbane, Foreword of ‘The Essence of a Vision’ by Rita A. Daley, May 1997.
2 Rita A. Daley, ‘The Essence of a Vision’, 1997, p 62.