The National Council of Catholic Women

The National Council of Catholic Women consists of thousands of Catholic women and affiliated (group) Catholic women's organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States. 

- NCCW was founded by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

- NCCW is represented at the biannual meetings of the USCCB.

- NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organisations (WUCWO).

- NCCW has representation at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering which advocates Catholic views to Congress.

- NCCW is a founding member and participant with the Religious Alliance Against Pornography. 

We are participants in partnerships and collaborations with other Catholic groups such as Catholic Relief Services, Cross Catholic Outreach, Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Catholic Climate Covenant.

NCCW offers its members:
- Spirituality, Leadership and Service opportunities, programs and resources
- Annual subscription to the quarterly Catholic Woman Magazine
- Annual subscription to the monthly NCCW Connect e-newsletter
- Eligibility to vote in NCCW Elections and at the Annual Business meeting
- An annual Convention
- An avenue to network with Catholic women all over the United States
- Service on NCCW Commission Teams and Committees

Mission Statement:

The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its members to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.

NCCW is non-profit organization and is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


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97 Years ago NCCW was Born!

“By the first decade of the 20th century, a national organization was needed to play a more active role in U.S. Catholic life.” And so on March 4, 1920 the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) was founded by the US Bishops.

The purpose of the women's council was 
1. To give to the Catholic women of the country a common voice and an instrument for unified action in all matters affecting Catholic or national welfare.

2. To ensure proper Catholic representation on, and the proper recognition of Catholic principles in national committees and national movements affecting the religious, moral and material well-being of the country.

3. To stimulate the work of existing Catholic women’s organizations to greater service and usefulness in meeting the needs of our times.

“The Women's Council will not take the place of any existing Catholic society…its aim is to supply what we now lack and to keep and to aid every existing Catholic women's organization.”
From “The First 75 Years” by Ruth O’Halloran, pp 9-10

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More about NCCW

Brief History of NCCW 

Diagram of NCCW's Organizational Structure


NCCW's By Laws


We Are...

  • A voice for American Catholic women today
  • Transforming the world through prayer and action
  • Uniting affiliated Catholic women's groups, and individual Catholic women in the United States
  • Supporting social action through Gospel values
  • Training Catholic women to become leaders at the intersection of Church and society
  • Providing a forum for Catholic women to speak and act on matters of mutual interest
  • Representing U.S. Catholic women in the national and international arenas


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Spiritual Advisors Directory

Click below for a directory for our Spiritual Advisors. This document is a work in progress and is continually being updated. This list is generated real-time from our database and can be downloaded in any of several formats.  If there are any errors, or if your Spiritual Advisor is not listed, please notify the office

We advocate by uniting our members to work on the most important issues facing the Church and by speaking out on these same issues in the public square.  We advocate for social justice, for all issues regarding human life, the family, morality in the media, against pornography and human trafficking to list a few.  We stand in union with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.