NCCW & WUCWO Affiliation

The National Council of Catholic Women unites more than  3,000 affiliated Catholic women’s groups and nearly 4,000 individual Catholic women in the United States.    One way of giving to NCCW is to go through and selecting NCCW as your charity.  Amazon will give a percentage of your purchase to NCCW!

The NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) and is recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  We are active participants in partnership with other Catholic groups.

Who We Are

  • † A voice for American Catholic Women today
  • † Transforms the world through prayer and action
  • † 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

What We Do

  • †Unite Catholic women’s organizations and individual Catholic women throughout the United States
  • †Provide a medium for Catholic women to speak and act upon matters of mutual interest and train them to become leaders in many areas of life
  • †Collaborate with other national and international organizations and agencies on issues of common concern
  • †Assist Catholic women to act upon current issues in the Church and society
  • †Publish a bimonthly magazine, Catholic Woman, newsletters, and updates on specific programs, and a variety of resources to assist women in the areas of planning, service and education.
  • †Visit NCCW’s website for information regarding membership and enrollment:

The National Council of Catholic Women, established by the U.S. Catholic Bishops, will celebrate its 97th year of serving the Church and communities since its founding March 4, 1920.

Historic milestones in the NCCW history include: a White House reception for delegates from the first NCCW Convention in 1921, address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the 1954 Convention in Boston, Mother Teresa’s first trip to the United States to speak at the 1960 NCCW Convention in Las Vegas and NCCW’s presence at the historic signing of the Equal Pay for Equal Work Bill in 1963 with President John F. Kennedy.

Today, NCCW continues its long-standing tradition as Catholic leaders at the intersection of Church and society by providing resources that answer the most pressing issues facing society today— human trafficking, domestic violence, pornography, evangelization, and temporary care giving through the Respite program. In response to the increase in numbers of women seeking to enter religious orders, a Vocation Purse Club was established to provide financial aid to women seeking this vocation. “During our 97 years of existence, NCCW has promoted solutions to current societal concerns by developing programs or volunteering to serve those with needs,” said Sheila Hopkins, NCCW President.

The U.S. Catholic bishops created the National Council of Catholic Women to give women a unified voice, a program of service and a vehicle for collaboration. NCCW’s mission is to act through its members to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. For more information on resources or membership, go to the website at

WUCWO Mission Statement
The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization’s aim is
to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of
Catholic women in society and the Church in order to enable
them to fulfill their mission of evangelization and to work for
human development.

“Be a Voice of Catholic Women”