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CWL still serving others, shining light on one of Queensland’s longest-running groups

Past in pictures: Margaret Begg with the pictoral display.

CATHOLIC Women’s League has been busy – and has been for decades.

The state council of Catholic Women’s League State of Queensland met in Mackay for their Annual General Meeting followed by their Council Meeting. 

Catholic Women’s League Queensland president Veronica Box said with almost 700 members CWL Queensland was a force for good in the Church and in society. 

“In 2018, a very successful conference on Catholic Identity, attended by 200 members, was held in Ayr in the Townsville Diocese,” she said.

“A project for 2017/18, supported by all branches, gave assistance to homeless mothers and children. 

“The project proposed for 2019/20 to assist those in drought stricken areas has now been changed to flood and drought affected areas.”

CWL Queensland was key in last year’s political debates.

“In 2018, two submissions were written to the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry against the Termination of Pregnancy Bill and a submission to support the Human Rights Bill,” Mrs Box said.

“Submissions as part of CWL Australia to the Federal Parliament regarding the Family Law Amendment (Family Violence and Cross-Examination of Parties) Bill 2018, and the Future Drought Fund Bill 2018.”

Mrs Box said euthanasia would be the issue in the coming year and CWL would continue to give support to agencies who support pregnant women.

She also said pill-testing was being discussed.

The work done by CWL has echoed the work done by the organisation throughout its history – including a gem in the heart of the city.

The year was 1927, the place was Adelaide Street, and the Catholic Daughters of Australia needed a place in the heart of Brisbane City to catch-up and drink good coffee.

It has had many names over the years, but most know it today as The Cathedral Coffee Lounge, located on the lower-ground floor of the Cathedral Centre on Edward Street.

Catholic Women’s League Brisbane archdiocesan patroness Margaret Begg said the organisation was 92 years in existence on September 10 this year.

“The Cathedral Coffee Lounge has a long history of hospitality and reaching out to all who discover this little gem of a place right in the heart of the city,” Mrs Begg said.

“There you can while away a couple of hours with friends and enjoy the refreshments and hospitality of the association.”

Pointing to the pictures of the history of the association, and the café, Mrs Begg said it had taken a while to work out the history of the organisation what with floods, missing photographs and no other resource to go by except family members.

“Come, enjoy, visit for a morning tea or light lunch,” Mrs Begg said.

“You may even find a past relative or friend as you gaze down Memory Lane.”

The café is operated by CWL volunteers.

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