For Immediate Release  
Washington, D.C., March 16, 2015—National Council of Catholic Women celebrates 95 years of service to the Catholic Church and to society; women’s councils across the country celebrate  

On March 4, 1920—the same year women won the right to vote—women representing parishes and women’s organizations from all across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., to create a national women’s council. The National Council of Catholic Women was founded by the U.S. Catholic bishops to give Catholic women a common voice and an instrument for unified action, to ensure Catholic representation on national issues, and to stimulate and encourage every existing women’s organization.
Dr. Rebecca Woodhull, President of NCCW, commented, "The National Council of Catholic Women works to fulfill not only the U.S. Bishops’ purposes for us but also to fulfill the message of the Second Vatican Council's closing statement on women: ‘[A]t this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.’”  

NCCW consists of thousands of Catholic women and affiliated Catholic women's organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States. Some quick facts about the National Council of Catholic Women: 
  • NCCW is represented at the biannual meetings of the USCCB, the United Nations, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, and other prominent Catholic organizations.
  • NCCW is a founding member and participant with the Religious Alliance against Pornography.  
  • NCCW partners and collaborates 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 such as We Are Called to Witness, an aid to the New Evangelization for women (available in both English and Spanish) and Women Healing the Wounds, a resource to prevent domestic violence; annual subscription to the quarterly Catholic Woman magazine and the monthly Connect e-newsletter; annual convention; an avenue to network with Catholic women across the country and abroad; and more. 
Past President, Patty Johnson, who is currently Chair of the Spirituality Commission, stated, “For over 50 years the National Council of Catholic Women has been, for me, a pathway to strengthen my faith and answer my baptismal call to serve. The sisterhood formed with Catholic women united in purpose has enhanced my love for all God's people. I believe the future of NCCW is bright as we continue to act with the Joy of the Gospel.” 

The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its membership 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.   

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95th Birthday Press Release
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