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National Council of Catholic Women at 200 North Glebe Road, Suite 725, Arlington, VA 22203 US - ABOUT US...



The National Council of Catholic Women consists of more than 3,000 affiliated Catholic women's organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the U.S., representing hundreds of thousands of Catholic women, and almost 3,000 individual Catholic women.

  • We are Catholic women's groups (called affiliates) at the parish, deanery/vicariate and Arch/diocesan Council levels.
  • We are Catholic women who hold Individual Membership with NCCW.
  • NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO).
  • We are recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
  • We are active participants in partnerships with other Catholic groups.

Click here for a diagram of the NCCW Organizational Structure.

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.


Two months after the hierarchy's December decision to form an organization of Catholic women, (Fr.)Burke was instructed to write to the 114 bishops and archbishops of the United states requesting that they send at least one but not more than three women as diocesan representatives to an initial meeting on March 4, 1920, in Washington, D.C. He also invited each national women's group to send two delegates.

In his letter, Fr. Burke outlined the purpose of the proposed women's council....

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


For a brief history of NCCW, click here

Who We Are...

  • A voice for American Catholic women today
  • Transforms the world through prayer and action
  • Unites more than 3,000 affiliated Catholic women's groups, and nearly 3,000 individual Catholic women in the United States
  • Supports social action through Gospel values
  • Trains Catholic women to become leaders at the intersection of Church and society
  • Provides a forum for Catholic women to speak and act on matters of mutual interest
  • Represents U.S. Catholic women in the national and international arenas



Click Here for a Copy of NCCW's Current Bylaws



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