National Council & Ohio Conference

National Council of Catholic Women

The National Council of Catholic Women consists of thousand of Catholic women and affiliated (group) Catholic women's organizations in parishes and dioceses through the United States.

The NCCW was founded by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and is represented at the biannual meetings of the USCCB. NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women's Organizations (WUCWO). NCCW is a founding member and participant with the Religious Alliance Against Pornography and collaborates with Catholic Relief Services and Cross Catholic Outreach.

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.

We are..

  • A voice for American Catholic women today.
  • Transforming the world through prayer and action.
  • Uniting affiliated Catholic women's groups and individual Catholic women in the U.S.
  • Supporting social action through Gospel values.
  • Training Catholic women to become leaders at the intersection of Church and Society.
  • Providing a forum for Catholic women to speak and act on matter of mutual interest.

Catholic Conference of Ohio

The Catholic Conference of Ohio represents the point of view of the Church on questions affecting the Church and public interests.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio was organized in 1945 by the late Archbishop John McNichols of Cincinnati. It is the second oldest State Bishops’ Conference in the United States (New York was the first). Originally known as the Ohio Catholic Welfare Conference, the name was changed by the Bishops of Ohio in 1967 to the Catholic Conference of Ohio.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio is the forum for the Bishops of Ohio to serve the Church, the state and people of Ohio by participating in the planning, promotion, conduct and supervision of activities which are sponsored by the Catholic Church in areas of community relationships. Of particular concern are areas of education, health and social issues and administrative services.