National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)

Mission of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)

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

The National Council of Catholic Women is a nationwide Council of Catholic women and their organizations operating as a federation.

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NCCW was founded by 200 concerned women in 1920 at the call of the Bishops of the United States.

We are affiliated local, parish, diocesan, state and national organizations with vast individual memberships. It is Archdiocesan and Diocesan Councils of Catholic Women spanning the United States.

NCCW is the representative voice of millions of women; it is concerned women working together through national Program Commissions which reflect current issues in the Church and society.

NCCW is...

Affiliated with the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and United States Catholic Conference;

Affiliated with the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations, which unites Catholic organizations of women globally

A member of the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) of the United Nations, an advisory body to the United Nations.

A founding member of Women in Community Service uniting NCCW with National Council of Negro Women, National Council of Jewish Women, Church Women United, and The GI Forum Auxiliary in local communities to help disadvantaged youth gain a new start in life.

NCCW – What it does. . .

  • Unites Catholic organizations and individual Catholic women of the United States
  • Develops their leadership potential.
  • Assists them in acting upon current issues in the Church and Society.
  • Provides a medium through which Catholic women may speak and act upon matters of common interest.
  • Relates to other national and international organizations in the solution of present day problems.