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Back in 2001, CWL Victoria & Wagga Wagga together with the Mercy Congregation purchased a home, Santa Casa, in the seaside town of Point Lonsdale. Managed by the MacKillop Family Services, Santa Casa has been used as a respite house for young mothers and their children. Sister Noelle Farrell ran Santa Casa with the assistance of volunteers from the local area and it proved to be very popular.  Indeed, it was a wonderful haven for stressed mums to have some quiet time away with people to care for their young ones. Sadly, ill health forced Sr Noelle to leave her work at Santa Casa and Sr Cathy Garner took over for a couple of years. Due to a range of circumstances, Sr Cathy’s service at Santa Casa ceased last year and MacKillop Family Services advised that it was no longer a viable situation.  Thankfully for us, the Mercy Congregation offered to purchase our half share of the home as they have another property in the area. We were sad to see this happen as over the years, members have supported the project financially and we were also welcome to visit at any time. But of course, the financial gain to the League at this time is very beneficial.

At the Governing Body’s meeting in November, we were all on quite a high as we were able to confirm plans for major improvements to be undertaken at our headquarters at Mary Glowrey House. These include painting of the interior, new carpet throughout, replacing beds and bed spreads, and installing a new air conditioner.

Leon Helen 10270 0069 350Sadly as I write this report, Leon Farrell (Leon and his wife, Helen, have been our caretakers at Mary Glowrey House since 2003) is very ill in St. Vincent’s Hospital. With many prayers being said, it does appear that the outlook is a little better than at first thought, but the suddenness of his illness has been a big shock for everyone and so we have all gone from our high to a rather numb feeling.  

This period had also been a learning curve for our Governing Body and Mary Glowrey House Committee as we have the task of replacing a couple who have run Mary Glowrey House with great integrity and compassion. They are and will continue to be our true friends and, they are in our prayers during this difficult time.

All our branches have now held their annual meetings, new committees are in place and we are looking forward to 2012.  We hope to encourage women from our own Parishes and beyond to join us although, we acknowledge the challenges inherent in growing our membership.

I have now completed my 3 year term as the General President and Jewell Start from the Ballarat Diocese will take over in 2012. I believe it is a privilege to hold this position. I am sure Jewell will receive the support and friendship that I have experienced during my term. Our final meeting for 2011 will be held on 14th December and will be followed by Mass and luncheon.

On behalf of the members of CWL Victoria & Wagga, I extend our best wishes to everyone for a joyous and peaceful Christmas and may 2012 be an encouraging year for the Catholic Women’s League.

Jeanette Sheahan
General President, Victoria & Wagga Wagga

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