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Hamilton Diocese CWL
Our Lady of Good Counsel
Bursary for Seminarians


In 1998, the Hamilton Diocesan Council initiated the Pennies for Seminarian's Fund which began as a fun challenge between the Knights of Columbus and The Catholic Women's League in our diocese. The League had an overwhelming response to this as individual members and councils contributed their pennies and loose change in support of the seminarians of our diocese.

In the ensuing years, the money raised was given to the bishop at the annual convention closing banquet and then distributed by the bishop to seminaries for their use.

In 2012 the diocesan council refocused Pennies for Seminarian's and introduced Our Lady of Good Counsel Bursary for seminarians. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial assistance to a seminarian who is attending a local seminary:   St. Augustine, St. Peter or St. Philip Neri.

The bursary will continue to grow through the generous donations of the members of The Catholic Women's League throughout the diocese.

Each year at our Annual Vocations Mass the successful recipient will be announced.


  1. The applicant preferably will be the son or grandson of a Catholic Women's League member in the Hamilton Diocese.
  2. The applicant must be a seminarian who has been studying for at least 1 year in one of the previously mentioned seminaries.
  3. The applicant must return to the seminary for continuing studies in September.
  4. The applicant must apply to the Hamilton Diocesan Council of The Catholic Women's League by May 31st in the year in which the Bursary is to be awarded.
  5. The applicant must include a letter stating why they should be considered for this bursary as well as their application form.
  6. In consultation with the Diocesan Vocations Director and/or the Bishop of Hamilton, the applications will be reviewed and the candidate will be chosen.
  7. The successful applicant will be announced at the Annual Vocations Mass which takes place in September or October.


  1. Applications must be made on an official application form which may be downloaded from the Hamilton Diocesan Catholic Women's League website: [this website]
  2. Applications must be received no later than May 31st in the year in which the Bursary is to be awarded.
  3. Decisions of the bursary committee will be final.
  4. Send the completed application form with your letter to the address below.


For those who have Microsoft Word.
  1. Click HERE to download the application form.
  2. TYPE in the space provided.
  3. PRINT a copy of the application and send it to the address below.
  4. SAVE the completed application to your hard drive. (Somewhere where you can find it.) It will not save back to the Internet.

For those who DO NOT have Microsoft Word

  1. Click HERE for the application form in PDF format. The form prints on standard 8½x11 paper.
  2. PRINT a copy of the application.
  3. Complete the form by typing or PRINTING LEGIBLY in the space provided.

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Send completed application to:

The Diocesan Council of The Catholic Women's League
c/o The Diocese of Hamilton
700 King St. W.,
Hamilton, ON  L8P 1C7

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