It’s been 40 years since the Holy Redeemer Guild decided it wanted to expand its horizon and join the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.
Freida Faour is a charter member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Women’s League (CWL). After an illness prevented original president Theresa Smith from carrying on, Faour served as the first official president of the league. As a guild the group had upwards of 50 members and Faour said it was quite active in the Holy Redeemer community.
“We did projects for the local parish only. We worked for the Holy Redeemer Parish here in Corner Brook.”
But the members knew they could do more being a part of the CWL.
“We wanted to go national,” said Faour. She said at the time the national body had chapters in pretty well every province in the country. “So we thought it would be to our benefit to join with the national group and then, of course, we would have access to all information and whatever projects they were embarking on.”
She said in joining the national group the local one had access to broader interests and policies that it could set up.
“And we could petition the government for anything that we thought should be brought about and corrected. So it gave us a national scope.”
The national body also provided them with support and resources.
Faour said in a way the work and interests of the local body carried more weight by having that national connection. It’s a been a long time, but Faour remembers the group taking stands on the abortion issue and human rights for people in Third World Countries.
“Things were opening up in the church at the time, and we were sort of more at liberty to speak about different issues that we felt very strongly about,” she said. “It was a time of more openness within the church.”
Forty years later, Faour said not much has changed for the group, it still enjoys a strong membership and is still very active in the parish.
The group will mark its 40th anniversary as the Holy Redeemer Catholic Women’s League with a church service at Holy Redeemer Cathedral on Wednesday at 5 p.m. That will be followed by a banquet at Jennifer’s at 6 p.m.
Faour is looking forward to getting together with everyone and sharing experiences of the past 40 years.