In 125th year, Catholic Women’s League called ‘an example to the entire diocese’

Representing the organizations benefiting from grants given by the Catholic Women's League are seated, from left, Susie Cicciarelli, Peoria Notre Dame High School; Pamela Perrilles, CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit; Therese Peck, Christ Child Society of Central Illinois; Nora Kinney, Missionaries of Charity; Carol Sleeth, Common Place; and Christine Dennis, Women's Care Center; and standing from left, Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, OSF; Paul Barker, St. Augustine Manor; Tim Wiley, St. Joseph's Home of Lacon; Claire Crone, Sophia's Kitchen; Sandra Dudley, Renaissance Stand; Lynn VanDyke, Phoenix Community Development Services; and Sister Ana Pia Cordua, SCTJM, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Members of the Catholic Women’s League celebrated their 125th anniversary by doing what they do best — helping others. At its annual Allocation Luncheon, the league gave $17,000 in grants to 14 organizations that serve people who would benefit from tuition assistance, are homeless and hungry, newborn or elderly, and those living with special circumstances […]

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Catholic Women’s League marking 125 years of spreading charity, serving Christ

Sister Lea Stefancova, FSJB, an archivist for the Diocese of Peoria, and Gail Kruse (right), secretary for the Catholic Women's League, accept CWL files that had been stored at Bradley University from Linda Aylward, special collections assistant. The Peoria Historical Society had taken the materials in 1996 and stored them as part of Bradley's collection. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

Tracing the history of the Catholic Women’s League is like getting a glimpse of the last 125 years in central Illinois — and the United States. It started with a small group of women who came together on Feb. 20, 1894, “to sew and see what could be done for those who needed help in […]

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Catholic Women’s League allocates $16,500 in grants to assist 13 organizations

Catholic Women's League officers for the next two years are (from left) Joan Manning, Eileen Hahn, Mary Ann Asciutto (seated), Angie Metz, Jeanette Borsberry, Beth Bussan, Joan Cheatham (seated), and Gail Kruse. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

Thirteen organizations that serve the elderly, the homeless, at-risk babies and those in need in the Peoria area recently received $16,500 in grants from the Catholic Women’s League to continue their work. During the 2016 Allocation Luncheon, which was held May 10 at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria, the Catholic Women’s League also installed […]

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