The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)


The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) 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.


  • Established in 1920 by the U.S. Catholic bishops, NCCW offers a voice for Catholic women by uniting affiliated Catholic women’s groups and individual Catholic women across the United States.
  • NCCW provides resources to address some of the most pressing issues of our time—pornography, human trafficking, domestic violence, evangelization, caregiving and providing financial aid to young women entering the religious life and leadership training programs to help women become leaders at the intersection of Church and society.
  • NCCW is represented at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ General Assembly, the United Nations, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO), Catholic Social Ministry Gathering and Religious Alliance Against Pornography.
  • NCCW shares in partnerships and collaborations with Catholic Relief Services, Cross Catholic Outreach, Catholic Charities, National Center for Sexual Exploitation, Catholic Climate Covenant, Catholic Women’s Forum and others.

Visit the NCCW website at where you can find numerous resources—from Prayer Services for Vocations to Women Healing the Wounds, a domestic violence resource.

The 2017 NCCW Convention will be held in Dallas, Texas with Catholic women leaders from around the country participating in liturgy and learning from nationally known speakers such as Mary Rice Hasson, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., former FOCUS missionary Stacy Tomlison and Catholic lay prison chaplain to death row inmates Dale Recinella.

Visit NCCW’s Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @NCCW1920 and Instagram at NCCW01.