Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Saint Peter Roman Catholic Parish

Catholic's Women's League

Saint Peter's Council, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Saint Peter’s Catholic Women’s League has been in existence since 1952. We are still an active group who meet every second Tuesday of the month from September to June.

Currently we have 30 members and new members are always welcome. 

See the weekly Bulletins for dates and times of Meetings

(Parish Office Meeting Room)




Spiritual Development

Chair Sister: 

Organization Chair: 

Christian Family Life Chair: 

Community Family Life Chair: 

Education and Health: 

Parish Activities: 

Communications Chair:

Legislation Chair: 

Resolutions Chair: 


September 16, 2012 Below is the report for the Catholic Women’s League from June, 2011 to June, 2012. The report is self explanatory and shows that our Council is very busy, continually serving Saint Peter’s community as the need arises.

We also play an important role in the functioning of the parish by assisting at masses, baptisms, senior’s group and parish office assistance when needed.

During the past year, our CWL Council provided financial assistance to many organizations and groups in the amount of $7,000. We were fortunate to be able to contribute to the repairs to stained glass windows in the latter part of 2011 and the accessible doors for the church in 2012.

Some of the other recipients were

Marguerite Centre,


Net program,

Mass for Shut-ins,

National Pro-Life,

Development and Peace,

Catholic Missions, to name a few.

We are one of the groups who consistently support Margaret’s House (FOOD) and are a member of the Christian Relief and Development Coalition group which is comprised of the downtown churches who meet monthly and discuss the needs of FOOD. For many years we have also provided stews every couple of months to Hope Cottage in Halifax. Our Council provides the funeral receptions for grieving families in our parish. To date, we have coordinated and catered to 23 funerals since January, 2012. In February, we hosted a lunch for the women of Saint Peter’s to show our appreciation for the help they have given to CWL over the years. This past year we participated in Atlantic Path Cancer Research, collected signatures for the White Ribbon Campaign against Pornography and once again provided baby items to Birthright. Thank you to those parishioners who helped make these programs successful. In closing, in order for our Council to continue to provide the services to the Parish and to the many other organizations which we currently support, we have to increase and strengthen our membership. We meet every second Tuesday of the month in the parish office meeting room at 7:00 p.m. and if you would like to find out more about the Catholic Women’s League, I would be happy to provide you with that information.

Tricia Vermeulen, President, Saint Peter’s Council, Dartmouth,




  • Saint Peter’s Council Education Session
  • Diocesan Council Meetings – usually 3 per year
  • Father Claude MacLean Education Day
  • Diocesan Convention
  • Provincial Convention
  • National Convention


  • Least Coin - Interfaith, Worldwide Organization supporting Peace and Justice
  • Collecting Stamps – Support for the Leprosy Mission of Canada
  • Birthright
  • FOOD Christmas Backpack Program
  • Automated Accessible Doors for Church - Bake Sales
  • Church Stained Glass Windows Repair
  • Margaret’s House (FOOD)
  • Hope Cottage – provide stews
  • White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign (CASE)
  • Mass for Shut-ins
  • Atlantic Path Cancer Research Program
  • Marguerite Centre – For women recovering from addictions and abuse
  • Chalice
  • Net Program
  • Alice Egan Hagen Bursary
  • National Voluntary Fund - provides financial support to Coady International Institute Fund; National Pro-Life Fund; Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace; Catholic Missions In Canada and World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations


  • Funeral Receptions – provided 23 receptions January to September, 2012
  • First Communion Reception
  • Confirmation Reception
  • Parish Annual General Meeting Reception
  • Father Craig Cameron’s First Mass Reception
  • Reception for Bishop Mancini's Visit
  • Appreciation Lunch for Parishioners
  • Farewell Reception for Sister Cecilia Sacca


  • World Day of Prayer
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel
  • Afternoon of Reflection – December
  • Healing Mass – February
  • Lenten Retreat (Sister Cecilia Sacca) – March
  • Father Craig Cameron’s Ordination
  • Father Charlie Burke’s Golden Anniversary
  • CWL Stole for Father Craig Cameron
  • Deacon Jack McNeil’s 25th Anniversary


  • Baptism Team Members
  • Mass Coordinator
  • Lectors
  • Eucharistic Ministers
  • Music Ministry/Choir
  • Senior’s Group Luncheons
  • Parish Office Assistance


  • Scholarship
  • Prayer Books to First Communion Class
  • Crosses for Confirmation Class
  • Steubenville Retreat
  • Edwards House (Males) – Maple Street
  • Brockwell House (Females) – Prince Albert Road


The following is a list of Presidents and Spiritual Advisors and their terms of office from March 24, 1952 to 2012:

Presidents  / Term of Office

1.Miss Nan DeVan 1952-1954

2. Mrs. J. Colin Dunn 1954-1956

3. Mrs. Joseph McGowan 1956-1958

4. Mrs. Edna Henderson 1958-1960

5. Miss Nellie DeVan 1960-1962

6. Mrs. Peg Meagher 1962-1964

7. Mrs. Dorothy Meaden 1964-1966

8. Miss Frances Dunn 1966-1967

9. Miss Doris Richards 1967-1969

10. Mrs. Marie Bowlby 1969-1971

11. Mrs. Betty Fougere 1971-1973

12. Mrs. Ruth Fraser 1973-1974

13. Mrs. Marilyn Chapman 1974-1975

14. Mrs. Peg Meagher 1975-1977

15. Mrs. Betty Fougere 1977-1979

16. Mrs. Shirley Horne 1979-1981

17. Mrs. Marie Bowlby 1981-1983

18. Mrs. Josephine Deeble 1983-1985 Council Inactive - October, 1985 to January, 1987

19. Mrs. Diane West 1987-1990

20. Mrs. Sharon Keddy 1990-1992

21. Mrs. Shirley Horne 1992-2006

22. Mrs. Betty Fougere and Mrs. Terry Wigle 2006-2008

23. Mrs. Terry Wigle 2008-2009

24. Mary MacLeod 2009-2010

25. Tricia Vermeulen 2011-2014

26. To be determined.......

Spiritual Advisors  / Term of Office

1. Father William Smith 1952 - 1954

2. Father Gerald Murphy 1954 - 1972

3. Monsignor John Campbell 1972 - 1982

4. Father Louie Caissie 1982 - 1987

5. Father Thomas White 1987 - 1999

6. Father Jack Hayes 1999 - 2003

7. Father Owen Connolly 2004 - 2007

8. Father James Richards 2007 - Present


Presentation prepared by Katherine DeVan Madam

President, Father, Guests and Ladies of the CWL:

The year 2002 marks a very important period in the history of St. Peter’s Council of the Catholic Women’s League. We are celebrating our fiftieth anniversary, or as we say Our Golden Jubilee.

In 1952, Reverend Father William Smith invited the ladies of St. Peter’s Parish to meet together to form a branch of the Catholic Women’s League. Our inauguration meeting was held on March 24, 1952. Two of the Diocesan members were present to help us organize. Approximately, one hundred members signed the membership list. Father Smith was so pleased with the response that he presented us with a gavel.

Our first Spiritual Advisor was Father Smith and the First President was Miss Nan DeVan. During the last fifty years, our Council has had the guidance of six Spiritual Advisors, Father William Smith, Monsignor John Campbell, Father Louis Caissie, Father Thomas White and Father Jack Hayes.

The CWL is a national organization of Catholic Women that was formed around 1920. The patroness is our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Good Counsel. The logo is For God and Canada. Perhaps it is fitting to review the arms of the Catholic Women’s League and we shall see how clearly our Council has followed, and still follows these aims, the aims are: to assist in promoting religious vocations to carry on social work to encourage good Christian family living.

So important has the League become in Canada that it has been given the privilege of presenting briefs and resolutions to the Federal Government, so as a member our local Council is quite important.

Our Council has seen many changes since that memorable day in 1952, but there is one characteristic that has not changed – the loyalty of the members to the church and Canada. Even though our membership has decreased in numbers we have taken part in many projects connected with the church and the community.

The Council sends a member to the FOOD organization and thus our parish is represented. Our members supervise the donations sent to Hope Cottage from the parish. Our League sends donations to Mass for Shut-ins. Each year our League sends representatives to the World Day of Prayer, and members attend the Lenten Service held in the downtown churches.

We also have a committee social action which cooperates with others in sending gifts to the Nova Scotia Hospital, and attends Cancer Clinics and Red Cross projects.

In past few years our Council has undertaken another great project – catering at funeral receptions. This is greatly appreciated by the members of deceased families and has proven to be a very commendable work for our Council.

Members of our Council volunteer as Ministers of the Eucharist and as a Lector. The Rosary is recited at the funeral home on the death of a member or her spouse. When the Parish suffered the loss of the old St. Peter’s Church, the CWL came forward immediately with offers of assistance. When the ruins were considered safe, the ladies were successful in salvaging some of the valuable linens.

When the present St. Peter’s Church was being built, our Council made many contributions towards the expenses of the building, among them being the payment for one of the large stained glass windows over the entrance of the church.

Presently we made a donation to the renovation of the kitchen in the school hall. On this occasion we have much to be thankful for. Our membership may be low in quantity, but high in quality.

We have our Spiritual Advisor, Father Jack Hayes who guides us on our plans, our President, Mrs. Shirley Horne who keeps us going, our Treasurer, Mrs. Betty Fougere, who always seems to have money in the bank, our Secretary, Chella Stephens who keeps us aware of our activities.

Some of the other ladies take part in other activities. We can look back with pride on our past endeavours, and look ahead with a good feeling as we work for God and Canada.