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.

Founded in 1920 by the U.S. Catholic bishops to provide all Catholic women a common voice and an instrument of unified action

2018 -2019 Theme: NCCW Reflecting God's Joy: Caring for God's Creation

Ignite Our Mission With These Current Events

NCCW Novena Prayer for the February 21-24 Vatican Meeting on Clergy Sex Abuse

To be recited once daily for the nine days preceding the meetings February 12-20, 2020

Our Lady of Good Counsel, spread your mantle of wisdom and love over those meeting with Pope Francis to address the clergy sex abuse scandal.  May the Holy Spirit enlighten their minds, make free their hearts, and inspire in them the words and actions needed as they take this step along the path to face the actions of the past, compassionately encounter the innocent victims, and accept the need to achieve a complete global reform that ensures the safety of all children and vulnerable persons  going forward in our beloved Church.  We ask this in the name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen

Please recite the Doxology (Glory Be prayer) x 3.


NCCW Statement on Late Term Abortion

It is with profound sadness that the National Council of Catholic Women contemplates the passage of the late term abortion legislation in New York now being promoted in other states of our country.   The act of killing a child at any stage of life is unconscionable but killing a baby about to be born into the world that could even be in the birth canal or partially delivered can be considered as nothing more than a barbaric act unworthy of this great nation; a nation that noted the right to life in our Declaration of Independence.  We pray that our legislators will understand the sacredness and extraordinary gift of life and that abortion is not a political issue but that there is a moral imperative to preserve and cherish life at all stages.

We believe that there is always forgiveness for those who have chosen abortion and we know that God loves them as He does all His children and hope they find the healing they will come to need.  There are wonderful options for those who carry a child but do not feel they can parent a child.  With medical advances, there are few cases where the choice must be made of one life over another.

The National Council of Catholic Women, deeply shocked and saddened by abortion legislation and by late term abortion, wishes to register our opposition to these laws that destroy rather than preserve that most precious gift, life itself.

Access the PDF of the statement by clicking here.

We are now accepting submissions for the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award! Please click here to access the submission packet.

2019 Call for Resolutions

Call for 2019 Resolutions

NCCW Bylaws require that any resolutions offered by members for consideration at the Annual Business Meeting must be submitted six (6) months prior to the opening date of the Annual Meeting. This year that date is February 23, 2019. Please submit resolutions to yvonne.pygatt@aol.com to arrive by the submission deadline of February 23, 2019.

2019 Resolution Form and instructions please click here

Monthly Member and Rosary Calls

Next Monthly Member Call: February 20, 2019

February's Call Topic:

"History of the Associates of NCCW" Learn about the history of the Associates organization, what they are about, and how to get involved.

Monthly Rosary Call - 13th of each month
Call in number for all calls: (515) 739 - 1261 - Pin 703993#
Times are 5 pm (PT), 6 pm (MT), 7 pm (CT), and 8 pm (ET)
1. If you join the call after the start time, please do not announce yourself despite the instruction to do so.
2. When you join the call, please mute your phone by pressing *6. You can take the phone off mute if you wish to speak by pressing *6 again.
Click here to access recordings of past "Member Calls"

Click here to learn about the Holy Land Pen Pal Exchange program!


Click here to see some example letters from students!

USCCB Fall 2018 General Assembly

USCCB General Assembly Fall 2018 recap, please click here.

Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love - A Pastoral Letter Against Racism was developed by the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), please click here

Summary of WUCWO General Assembly 2018

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Praying with the NCCW

NCCW Prayer Requests

Have your prayer request displayed on the NCCW website for other members to pray for!

Submit your prayer request to nccw01@nccw.org (request must be no longer than 10 words to be included on the site).
Your prayer request will remain online for 30 days.

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