How We Are Organized
The structure of The National Council of Catholic Women
follows the Provincial structure of the U.S. Bishops. An Ecclesiastical Province includes one archdiocese and all the dioceses under the leadership of the Metropolitan (Archbishop). Each province chooses a Director from its local CCW leadership to serve on the NCCW Board of Directors. Province Directors and the elected officers are the voting members of the National Board of Directors of NCCW.
National Board of Directors
(support and reporting only)
The National Council of Catholic Women elects its leadership (officers) through an electronic at-large vote of the membership. All members, both NCCW individual members and Affiliates are eligible to vote.
There are two types of membership; Affiliate members and Individual Members. Both join and pay dues to NCCW. Affiliates are any group of Catholic women in the parish, deanery/vicariate/district, Archdiocese/Diocese. An NCCW Individual Member is any Catholic woman in the United States. Often, individual members ALSO belong to a local parish affiliation, but this is not required---membership is open to any Catholic woman in the United States.
Each level of Council plays an important part in the mission of NCCW.
NCCW has a multi-leveled structure of communication which connects all levels and allows for information to flow in both directions. When all levels are active, the organizational structure is efficient and effective. (Please refer to the chart below.)
, a monthly electronic newsletter; the NCCW Website; our quarterly magazine, Catholic Woman
, and e-blasts are the primary way national leaders communicate with the membership. Affiliate Presidents and Individual NCCW members receive these publications as a benefit of membership dues. Some provinces and many Arch/Diocesan CCW Affiliates also have newsletters and websites to disseminate information.