Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Springfield-Cape Girardeau

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel

(Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women)

God of Heavenly Wisdom. You have given us Mary, Mother of Jesus, to be our guide and counselor. Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life and so enjoy her blessed presence in the life to come. O, Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women, intercede for us that we may be wise, courageous, and loving leaders of the Church. Help us Dear Mother, to know the mind of Jesus, your Son. May the Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God’s creation, and compassion for all God’s children. May our labors of love on earth enhance the reign of God and may God’s gifts of faith and living hope prepare us for the fullness of the world to come. Amen.

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Our Mission

Thank you so much for being interested in the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Springfield – Cape Girardeau, MO. We are a vibrant group of Catholic women ages 18+ and part of a larger membership of over four million Catholic women across the country.

We are mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, wives, widows, aunts, friends, nuns, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and homemakers from all levels of society. We are today’s women who are passionate about social justice, legislation, current events, spirituality, the plight of the poor, women’s issues, the dignity of the human being, and so much more.

The Council’s role is to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. Its programs respond with gospel values to the need of the Church and society in the modern world.

With its diocesan councils, the National Council is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO). The Holy See affirms WUCCWO as the “voice of women in the Church and as the voice of Church.” WUCCWO received from the Pontifical Council for the Laity the final decree of its canonical status as a public association of the faithful.

The objectives and purpose of DCCW shall be to unite the Catholic women’s organizations and individual Catholic women of this Diocese, develop their spiritual growth and leadership potential, and motivate and assist them to act upon current issues in the Church and society. DCCW shall be a medium through which the Catholic women of this Diocese may speak and act on matters of common interest. DCCW shall support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in Spirituality, Leadership, and Services. DCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world. DCCW shall unite with the Church and its teachings.

We are an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women.

NCCW 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.

Programs

The Mission of the NCCW and the DCCWSCGMO is carried out through the work of its commissions. Under the direction of a Commission Chair, each Commission works to educate about issues of concerns of Catholic women and empower women to respond in faith and with justice and compassion.

The Commission works to provide the opportunity for women without any prior organizational experience to develop confidence, organizational competence, sensitivity to the needs of others, and opportunities to know and use the resources of the Church and society.

Each year the Commissions provide an awareness workshop session for all Catholic women to learn about specific issues.


President Report

Welcome, Catholic Women, to the Diocese of Springfield/Cape Girardeau!

On behalf of DCCW, we are glad you are here!  Our catholic women are all a part of a bigger family.  Each one of us is a member of a parish/mission.  Each parish/mission is a member of a Deanery.  Each Deanery is a member of our Diocese.  And together, we are all members of the Catholic Church created to love and service God.  In the words of St. Teresa of Avila, “Christ has no body on earth but ours, no hands but ours, no feet but ours.  Ours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ looks out upon the world; ours are the feet with which he goes about doing good; ours are the hands with which he blesses his people.” We are called to be Christ to the world.  Let us begin with our own family and parish/mission.  Let us unite as an organized group of Catholic Women within our parishes/mission, our Deanery, and our Diocese. 

The theme for the 2023 Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) 64th Spring Assembly to be held at the DoubleTree in Springfield on April 21 & 22, 2023, is “We are the Body of Christ.”  Make plans to attend!  Please bring a friend or two and share in the gathering of Catholic Women from across our diocese.  May Our Lady of Good Counsel ask her Divine Son to bless you, your families, and our Councils of Catholic Women with wisdom, joy, and peace!  Together we can respond with Catholic teachings to the needs of the Church and our world.

— Deb Bader, DCCW President


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History

On a September evening in 1957, in the Sacred Heart parish hall, Willow Springs, at the organizational meeting, Msgr. Walter J. McGrane was appointed Diocesan Moderator to the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women by the Rt. Msgr. Clarence D. White, Moderator of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women of St. Louis.

The Most Reverend Charles H. Helming, first Bishop of Springfield – Cape Girardeau, addressed the delegates, giving an outline of the work of the diocesan Federation patterned after the National Council of Catholic Women and dedicated the fledgling organization to Our Lady of Good Counsel.  Mrs. Gorman Greeman of Mansfield was appointed temporary chairman to preside over the election of officers. Officers elected were Mrs. Henery Meeth of Springfield; Vice President, Mrs. George Dorr, of Dexter; Secretary, Mrs. Gorman Freeman, of Mansfield; Treasurer, Mrs. Con Eldringhoff, of Springfield, Pomane and Mrs. Leo Franken, of Springfield, Publicity Chairman.

At the first annual meeting in Willow Springs, September 1958, Bishop Leo C. Byrne, then Auxiliary Bishop of the St. Louis Archdiocese, spoke to the group, inspiring them anew with the zeal of the apostles to continue this good work. At the same convention, Ms. Dorothy Willman, National Committee Chairman of Adult Education of St. Louis, spoke on “Women as Lay Apostles and their Responsibilities.” The DCCW has continued through the years to have outstanding speakers to inspire its members at all the annual meetings.

In September 1958, at the annual meeting in Cape Girardeau, Bishop Helmsing was awarded the Pro Ecclesial Et.  Pontifices medal to two ladies in our Diocese for their service to the Church and community:  Mrs. Anna M. Hotze of Leopold and Mrs. Elizabeth Stenger of Glennonville.

In September 1961, the Diocesan Social Chairman, Mrs. Julia Opperman of Fredericktown, was appointed National Chairman of the Social Action Committee. This was a distinct honor to the Diocese, considering we were an “infant” council, having only four years in operation.

In March 1962, members of the Council were honored recipients of the St. Pius X medal. At St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield, this medal was presented to Mrs. henry Meeth of Springfield, the first president of the Council of Catholic Women. In the same week, in a ceremony in Cape Girardeau, this medal was presented to Mrs. Larry Nowak of Jackson, the second president of our Council; to Mrs. Teresa Gallaher of Hayti; the third president and Mrs. Julia Opperman of Fredericktown, National Chair of Social Action.

Bishop Helmsing expressed the appreciation of the Church and the Diocese to these women and commended them for their dedicated services.

In the spring of 1962, the Holy Father, Pope John XX111, announced the appointment of Bishop Helmsing to the Kansas City – St. Joseph Diocese. Shortly after that, Pope John designated Rt. Rev. Msgr. Ignatius Strecker becomes the new bishop of the Diocese. The new bishop became greatly interested in the work of the Council. He was aware of the growth and development of affiliates. (In 1987, there were 7,925 affiliates of the NCCW.)

On February 18, 1970, his Eminence William Bernard Cardinal Baum was appointed the Diocese’s third bishop.

October 22, 1973, His Eminence Bernard Cardinal Law was appointed our fourth bishop. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of becoming a diocese during his service with us. In August 1981, during the year of celebration, all the twelve past presidents of the DCCW were invited to a special dinner in their honor held in West Plains Holiday Inn. Nine of the twelve were able to be there to reminisce about their involvement in the Council of Catholic Women.

At the banquet, the then Bishop Bernard Law congratulated the DCCW and reminded those present, “God worked something new in the world, the creation of the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau.” You have done your part in developing a sense of community across the 26 thousand square miles of the Diocese. Your leadership, and God, working through you, has brought this about.

Our fifth bishop, John J. Leibrecht, was appointed on October 23, 1984. He continues in the footsteps of our past bishops in his support of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

James Johnston Jr., our sixth bishop, has been named bishop for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Johnston follows Bishop John Leibrecht, bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau since December 1984. Johnston was ordained and installed on March 31, 2008.

Our seventh and the present bishop, The Most Reverend Edward Rice. Pope Francis announced that Edward Rice, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, will take over as head of the Diocese covering southern Missouri. Rice has spent the last 29 years in St. Louis.

He filled the position vacated when James Johnston Jr. left in November 2010 to take over as bishop for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Rice was appointed auxiliary bishop in December 2010. Since his ordination in 1987, he has served as a pastor, director of Cardinal Glennon College Seminary, and other roles.

The Diocese supports the organization with funds for the annual meeting. Officers and moderator participation in national conferences and other administrative costs are also a part of the Council’s budget, as are the training sessions are given for the regional commission chairpersons.

Although every Catholic woman is potentially a member of the Council, individuals become active members through the affiliation of their local parish organization.


Board of Directors

DCCW Board Members

2021 – 2023

Bishop and Spiritual Advisors

The Most Rev. Edward Rice, Episcopal Chair

Fr. Joseph Kelly, Spiritual Advisor

Officers

Deb Bader, President

Elva Weber, President-Elect 

Rita Mclernon, Secretary

Nancy Slezak, Treasurer

Judy Carley, Director-at-Large

Rita Lueckenotte, Province Director, Province of St. Louis

Commissions and Standing Committees

Becca Kern, Spirituality Commission Chair

Donna Anderson, Service Commission Chair

Diane Hackmann, Leadership Commission Chair

Joyce Luten, Parliamentarian

Lydia Fellwock, Connections Editor, Website & Social Media Coordinator (ex-officio)

Deanery Members

2021 – 2123

Deanery 1 PresidentTina Giebel and Mary Poage

Deanery 2 PresidentLiz Renkoski

Deanery 3 & 4 President – Theresa Kral

Deanery 5 PresidentWaynita Cahoj

Deanery 6 PresidentRuth Ann Hester

Deanery 7 PresidentMary Ann Taylor

Commissions

SPIRITUALITY & LEGISLATIVE COMMISSION

SERVICE COMMISSION | LEADERSHIP COMMISSION

THE DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN SPRINGFIELD – CAPE GIRARDEAU, as a member of 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 Mission of the Council is carried out through the work of three commissions that reflect the mission statement: SPIRITUALITY, LEADERSHIP, and SERVICE. Each Commission works to support and enhance the activity of the Council, educates about issues of concern to Catholic women, and empowers women to respond in faith with justice and compassion.

Commission Structure:

Since 1995 NCCW’s program and advocacy initiatives have clustered around one or more of its six commissions. In 2009, the commission system was reorganized into three commissions to align more consistently with the mission statement of NCCW. The new commissions encompass the previous six. The following illustrates how the previous commissions “match up” with the current commissions:

SPIRITUALITY = Church and legislation

SERVICE = Family, Community, and international

LEADERSHIP = Organization

Commission Chairs are women knowledgeable in the specific program area of their particular Commission. Regardless of whether her commission position is in the national ring of Council, the arch/diocesan, or the local affiliate, each commission chair has the same general responsibilities:

  • To provide leadership in her specific commission focus
  • To continue to educate herself about the issues under her Commission
  • To monitor parish, community, state, or national developments that relate to her Commission’s focus
  • To stay informed about program activities on her ring of Council
  • To share information with others, including new resources.
  • Informational Resources for Commissions:
  • Information for commission chairs comes from three important NCCW sources:

Written materials from the national office, including Catholic Woman and Bulletin Board

Ideas are generated during special meetings convened by the DCCW chairs and vice-chairs with their deanery/district chairs.

Resolutions adopted at previous DCCW Assemblies and the NCCW National Conventions.

Communication through the Rings of Council. The National Chair sends materials – inspiration, “how-to” descriptions, and current media coverage – to the DCCW chairs, who send them to deanery/district chairs and local chairs. Each chair at each ring uses the materials appropriate to her organization: for information, programs, project development, for publicity.

Local chairs report to the deanery/district what materials were used, how and with what results, and if not, why.

Deanery/District chairs report likewise to their DCCW chairs.

DCCW chair report to the national chair of her Commission annually using the Annual Report Form sent from the National Office.

National chairs report to the national president and board of directors about implementing their program suggestions and the results and significant programs developed by the affiliates. They also recommend future action.

SPIRITUALITY & LEGISLATION COMMISSION CHAIR

The Spirituality Commission aims to create a community that is educated and dynamic. Catholic women called to discipleship and holiness respond with personal witness and service to the Church and the world. The commission work reinforces faith and assists in meaningful ecumenical dialogue. It serves as a conduit for helping councils focus on the spiritual aspects of our faith and how we can act on our convictions in the public sphere through daily Mass attendance and praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church that unifies us with women and men throughout the world in giving glory to God; promotion of Eucharistic Adoration, the personal connection we have with our Savior here on earth; praying other favorite devotionals which keep us connected to God; and providing support materials. The Commission also provides information and materials from the United States bishops on Catholic social justice principles and issues that form legislative advocacy.

This Commission provides information on both state and federal legislation that requires a response from the Catholic Community. (USCCB advocacy) The Legislative Subcommittee of the Spiritual Commission works to inform our members of pending legislation and legislative issues related to the dignity of human life, the common good, care of the environment, human rights, and other matters related to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church.

Diocesan Spirituality Commission Chair:

Spirituality Commission Objectives:

  • Opening and closing prayers for all meetings and CCW events
  • Prayer services
  • Days of reflection
  • Living Rosaries
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Encourage members to participate in regional or diocesan retreats and days of reflection.
  • Visit the USCCB website for updates on social justice issues that are central to our Catholic faith.
  • Encourage members to attend legislative days and sign up for alerts from their state’s Catholic conferences.
  • Read Catholic Woman, NCCW Connect, Action Alerts, and Bulletin Board for information on current issues and programs.
  • Utilize and promote the use of Spirituality Resources available from NCCW:
  • A Spirituality Monograph: Reading Scripture, Church Documents
  • Enhancing Our Spirituality: A collection of prayers and readings for personal or group reflection
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel Prayer Card
  • Prayer Card for the Membership of the National Council of Catholic Women
  • Spirituality Summary (NCCW Guidance and Resource Manual p.89-90)
  • Opening/Closing prayers at meetings
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Study of Theology of the Body
  • Memorial Mass
  • Legislative updates
  • Living Rosaries

RESOURCE DOCUMENTS: (all PDFs will be available soon.)

10 Things that the Spirituality Commission Can Do:

  1. Set goals for the two years – long and short.
  2. A sponsored program from NCCW on inter-religious dialogue that could be carried out on a parish level.
  3. Offer education on social justice teaching of the Church and how to correlate it with everyday life
  4. Share anything you find on the spirituality of women with your councils.
  5. Encourage your board to have a small retreat (scheduled before fall activities begin).
  6. Be knowledgeable about diocesan vocation programs and offer support whenever possible.
  7. Develop an article on a pro-life issue, building on the belief that all life is precious from conception to natural death.
  8. Secure a copy of the USCCBN Publications Catalogue. Call 1‑800‑235‑8722 or visit the internet at www.usccb.org.
  9. PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!

SERVICE COMMISSION CHAIR

Three commissions, Family, Community, and International, are now grouped under the Service Commission. The aim of this Commission is, therefore, threefold:

Support and enhance the importance of family life within the Church and society. The Commission works to assist families in achieving a truly Christian life and to carry out their responsibilities within the Church, the civic community, and the world.

Engage the members of NCCW and all people in working to address the needs and concerns of their communities. It focuses on the action that affects the life, growth, productivity, and well-being of all people, especially women and children, and the communities in which they live.

Promote global solidarity and the conviction that our wealth and resources must be shared with all people. The Commission creates awareness and educates about the needs of women and children throughout the world. The Commission encourages NCCW members to support generously the Works of Peace and the Works of reconciliation implemented in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and other programs through Catholic Charities and other similar groups.

Diocesan Service Commission Chair:

Service Commission Objectives (NCCW Guidance and Resource Manual p.88) Review your affiliation’s current service programs and determine how the Commission will facilitate the programs. Consider partnering with other organizations in your parishes, such as the respect life and youth groups.

Utilize information received from regional and diocesan service commissions.

Learn about resources available from NCCW such as:

  • Campaign for Human Dignity Resource Packet
  • Make the CASE for Children’s Health Resource Packet
  • Respite Manual, 2nd Edition
  • Mothers Outreach to Mothers Resource Manual
  • Women Healing the Wounds brochure
  • Domestic Violence Resource Packet
  • Educate members about the NCCW – Catholic Relief Services partnership programs and support these programs. 
  • Read Catholic Woman, NCCW Connect, and Bulletin Board for information on current issues and programs.
  • Service Summary (Guidance and Resource manual p.90)
  • Family Awareness programs on wireless technology and family values
  • Community assistance to domestic abuse shelters
  • International NCCW Day of Prayer and Fasting to End World Hunger
  • CRS Programs

RESOURCE DOCUMENTS AND WEBSITES: (all PDFs and Links will be available soon.)

10 Things that the Service Commission Can Do:

  1. Have a program on mental health for an affiliation meeting, concentrating on its effects on women and children. Be sure to have handouts listing local agencies which can assist. If there is a residential treatment center or hospital for the mentally ill in your area, arrange for your group to visit and host a party for the residents.
  2. Sponsor, or co-sponsor, with your parish family ministry, a program on domestic violence. Ask those attending to bring in clothing for women and children, used cell phones, bedding, and used suitcases for a shelter or safe house. Make sure your parish office staff knows the number for a shelter for women in need.
  3. Have a food drive for an affiliation meeting in the spring and arrange to collect canned goods and paper products during the summer. Thanksgiving and Christmas collections will not last the year.
  4. Contact your local parks and recreation agency to see if there is a “Park Cleanup Day” in which your affiliation can participate. Supply sunscreen and bottled water to members.
  5. Sponsor a “Back to School” safety day for your parish in mid-summer. Have a qualified person check car seat installations and handouts on vaccinations, nutrition, and household safety tips.
  6. Have seasonally appropriate clothing drives for underprivileged children. “Back to School” in August, winter coats, hats, and gloves in November, and summer clothing in May.
  7. Arrange for members of your affiliation to regularly visit a nursing home, assisted living facility, or adult daycare center. Take time to talk with residents but remember to ask them questions. You can learn much from their life experiences.
  8. Plan a program on “Preparing for Life Alone” for women in your parish. Invite speakers to address topics such as health issues and insurance, getting a will, financial planning, and avoiding scams. Provide a list of resources and persons willing to assist on a sliding fee basis.
  9. Co-sponsor, along with your youth or life teen group, a program on safety and social issues for teenagers. Topics should include alcohol and drugs, dating relationships, managing money, applying for a job, and preparing for life after high school.
  10. Begin or join your parish’s prison ministry program. Contact local authorities to see how you can help women in prison and those coming out to halfway houses. Consider having mothers in prison record children’s books on tape, which can be given to their children, or sponsor an NCCW book collection for a prison children’s visiting room.

LEADERSHIP COMMISSION CHAIR

The Leadership Commission provides organizational development, leadership training, public relations resources, and publications to ensure the successful organization and management of the Council and its programs. A further aim of the Leadership Commission is to establish our organization as a leader in the Catholic Church and our local, state, national, and world communities. The National Council of Catholic Women has led the way with programs that recognize the basic human dignity of all persons, such as those on domestic violence and human trafficking. We must continue to take a leadership role in protecting the dignity of life and respect for life from conception to natural death. (p.87 NCCW Resource Manual)

Diocesan Leadership Commission Chair:

Promote and facilitate activities to increase membership, such as Council Sunday and other forms of membership drives. Implement ways to communicate with members and non-members, for example, bulletin announcements, new releases, affiliation newsletters, and flyers (emails, Facebook).

  • Plan programs for monthly meetings.
  • Handle protocol issues.
  • Facilitate hospitality.
  • Encourage members to attend regional and diocesan training days, workshops, and conventions.
  • Promote the use of NCCW materials such as:
  • Membership materials from the NCCW website
  • Catholic Woman magazine
  • Bulletin Board
  • NCCW Connect newsletter
  • WE ARE CALLED TO WITNESS
  • FOLLOW ME, Called to Serve, Chosen to Lead
  • Conference Calls
  • Leadership Role Summary
  • Programs
  • Publicity
  • Protocol
  • Hospitality
  • Communication
  • Membership Recruitment

RESOURCE DOCUMENTS: (these PDFs will be available soon.)

  • ABCs OF LEADERSHIP ARTICLE
  • FINANCE A CUSTOMIZED LTD PROGRAM
  • NEW EVANGELIZATION PROGRAM
  • WE ARE CALLED TO WITNESS BROCHURE
  • EIGHT WAYS YOU LIVE OUT YOUR CALL TO SERVE
  • “WE ARE CALLED TO WITNESS” TIPS FOR PRESIDENTS
  • MAKE TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR YOU

10 Things that the Leadership Commission Can Do:

  1. Obtain a copy of the NCCW Guidance and Resources Manual and become familiar with the contents.
  2. Be organized and plan ahead. Comply with deadlines.
  3. Prepare a directory. This directory should include a calendar for the current year, a copy of the NCCW bylaws, a copy of the local organization’s bylaws, Standing Rules, job descriptions, and any other pertinent information for your CCW organization.
  4. Be a team player! Support, affirm, and converse with the other Commission Chairs as frequently as possible. Keep up with the actions of these commissions to be current and knowledgeable to the members of your CCW.
  5. Contact diocesan offices and introduce yourself to your diocesan news editor and other diocesan staff members. Request information about upcoming events, speakers, or programs your Council of Catholic Women members might be of interest to.
  6. Provide training for parish leaders, deanery officers, and Commission chairs to explain the goals of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and the program of the National Council of Catholic Women.
  7. Promote Council of Catholic Women Sunday in your parishes. This will inform parish members about the Council and the advantages of being a member of the National Council of Catholic Women.
  8. Delegate responsibility. This creates an opportunity for other women to become involved and may motivate them to take leadership roles in the future.
  9. Listen to the members of your Council. Welcome new members with a smile and a listening ear.
  10. Take time to enjoy your term as chairperson. Have an enjoyable time – this will show in the work you do.

Events

64th DCCW Spring Assembly

April 21  22, 2023

DoubleTree Hotel, Springfield, MO

Download: Registration Form

2022 Spring Assembly

The 63rd Annual Spring Assembly is titled “We are the Light of the World”


2022 Service Project

Mother’s House with Sister Sharon Miller in Hayti, MO.
Such a giving Catholic community across the Diocese of Springfield – Cape Girardeau.
Many thanks from Sister Sharon at Mother’s House.

“Our Lady of Good Counsel” Award

2023 Our Lady of Good Counsel Award

September 15, 2022 – March 30, 2023 Application PDF

2022 Our Lady of Good Counsel Award

2022 DCCW 63rd Spring Assembly Our Lady of Good Counsel Award recipient

Theresa Elfrink from St. Vincent Church, Cape Girardeau.

Past Recipients

2022, Theresa Elfrink

2021, Helen Sanders

2020, Norma Parker

2019, Rose Pobst



Nominations

Positions Open: President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer

These days women are working from home, and many are homeschooling kids too. We all have careers, jobs, or two and much work already to do. Think of a way to serve your Church and your community:  Serve with us for two years; we, the nominating committee, are asking all of you to join us in directing the DCCW in the years to come and give of your time, talents, and treasure to make our organization grow. Assist the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) in pursuing the different programs that support women’s needs around the country. The gift of your time and talents is invaluable to us all. Prayerfully consider this volunteer position and contact us for more information. Download the PDF application form below, fill out and return it to:

Judy Carley – nine4nana@hotmail.com

Norma Parker – NormaParker57@gmail.com

We are here to serve. Thank you, and God be with you.

Application for Office PDF down


Resources

DCCW 2023 DIOCESAN DUES AFFILIATION NOTICE

Download PDF 2023 letter

NCCW Membership

How can I join the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women as an individual member?

Log in to nccw.org, click Join Us, and complete the registration form to become an individual member.

The $50.00 registration fee for an individual of 12- months makes you a member of the National Council of Catholic Women and an affiliate of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization (WUCWO). Membership helps you: Download: The membership Brochure

  • Grow spiritually
  • Understand Catholic Social Teaching
  • Advocate for a culture of life
  • Promote moral solutions to societal ills
  • Nurture family, faith, and values
  • Receive a copy of the bi/monthly magazine Catholic Woman

By-laws & Standing Rules

Download: DCCW Standing Rules

Download: DCCW By-laws

Province By-laws

Download: Province By-laws


Newsletters

Connections Newsletter

THE DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN SPRINGFIELD – CAPE GIRARDEAU NEWSLETTER is issued quarterly. Each issue is packed with essential information about upcoming events at both the diocesan and national levels. The Spring issue has information on the annual Spring Assembly. Including registration information and detailed information on the workshops and speakers. Reports from our Commission’s chairs on issues relevant to our membership are in every issue.

“Connections”

Download: Fall 2022

Download: Summer 2022

Download: Spring 2022

Download: Winter 2021

Download: Fall 2021

Province Director’s “Sowing Hope”

Download: Summer 2022

Download: Fall 2021

Download: Spring 2021

Download: Winter 2020

Download: Fall 2020


DCCW Photo Library

Information coming soon


DCCW Spring Assembly Video Archives

Find us at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKWqnr3QwarnJiXhMegw2Dw


Past DCCW Presidents

Irene Meeth†     Springfield  1957 – 1958

Mable Nowak† Jackson 1958 – 1960

Teresa Gallaher† Haiti 1960 – 1962

Vivian Edgeller† West Plains 1962 – 1964

Ruth Maunch†      Monett 1964 – 1966

Mary Ann McEwing† Scott City 1966 – 1968

Nancy McGregor† Springfield 1968 – 1970

Teresa Gallaher Haiti 1970 – 1972

Edith Dale† Caruthersville 1972 – 1974

Regina Yaeger† Cape Girardeau 1974 – 1976

Olive White† Springfield 1976 – 1978

Theresa Weber† Scott City 1978 – 1980

Jackie Gahm† Everton 1980 – 1982

Mary Ann Stratman† Malden 1982 – 1984

Marilyn Bolin Nixa 1984 – 1986

Norma Parker Cape Girardeau 1986 – 1988

Nancy Lindesmith† Lebanon 1988 – 1990

Judy Volk† Marionville 1990 – 1992

Judy Stricker Cape Girardeau 1992 – 1994

Doris Eftink Oran 1994 – 1996

Elizabeth Esther Lebanon 1996 – 1997

Bengie Gray Springfield 1997 – 1999

Tess Sable† Rogersville 1999 – 2001

Noreen Penn Springfield 2001 – 2003

Virginia Bingle Kimberling City 2003 – 2005

Joan Eggimann† Cape Girardeau 2005 – 2007

Jackie Schmidt† Rogersville 2007 – 2009

Beverly Swihart Bolivar 2009 – 2011

Evelyn Byrd Poplar Bluff 2011 – 2013

Mary Rowley Bolivar 2013 – 2015

Joyce Luten Scott City 2015 – 2017

Rita Lueckenotte Kimberling City 2017 – 2019

Judy Carley Nixa 2019 – 2021

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