Who we are

The Military Council of Catholic Women reflects the visible presence of Christ in military communities by forming women in spirituality, leadership and service.  As a non-profit subsidiary of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), MCCW works with military chapels across the globe, and at nearly 220 U.S. military installations, to form women in our Catholic faith.

MCCW-Worldwide is recognized and endorsed as the official women’s organization within the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. MCCW women support their military parish communities in ministry and collaborate with the chaplains according to Vatican II document, Decree on Bridging of the Laity. In his message to women, Pope Paul VI, at the solemn ceremonies marking the end of the Second Vatican Council said

“…the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment, when the human race is going so deep in transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling. Women, you who know how to make the truth sweet, tender, and accessible, make it your task to bring the spirit of this council into institutions, schools, homes, and daily life.”

In response to the decree, MCCW- Worldwide strives to provide the processes and programs to put this message into effect.

They include:

  • Spiritual Enrichment

    Promote spiritual enrichment of Catholic women within the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

  • Bridging the Gap

    The organization of a communication network among military Catholic women, bridging the gap created by frequent moves.

  • Ministry

    Coordinate ministries of Catholic women on military installations within the Archdiocese.

  • Serve His People

    The opportunity for Catholic women to respond to their Baptismal commitment to serve the people of God in the spirit of the gospel and to promote the call of the laity as documented by Vatican II.

  • Leadership Development

    Develop leadership potential and skills through annual training conferences, workshops, and institutes.

  • Spiritual Goals

    The spiritual nature and goals of this organization will always take precedence over procedural and organization format.

About

You are not alone.  MCCW offers a unique network for Catholic military women.  From leader development and faith formation to exciting regional and worldwide events, MCCW walks beside women of faith as we start ministry groups, support seminarians and create lasting bonds of friendship. Together we allow God to grow in our hearts and direct the shared growth of our organization.

Events

MCCW is worldwide.  We offer events and programming in six regions and at military chapels across the globe.  From small local bible studies to larger regional retreats and training sessions, there are opportunities for you to meet with other Catholic women right in your area. Dynamic speakers, open sharing and acts of service unite us and renew our commitment to Catholic values.

Forum

Every other year, we join together for international conferences with women coming together from all points on the compass for a time of reunion and faith renewal.  In 2016, all roads led home to DC and in 2018 we will gather in San Diego to hear transformative speakers, participate in adoration and fellowship and partake of the Lord’s table in communion with our sisters of faith.

Formation

Discipleship is key to nourishing and growing women in their spirituality and leadership.  MCCW provides dynamic programs to meet the demands of modern Catholic women at all points of our faith formation. There are opportunities for leader development, ecclesial reflection, evangelization and prayer.

Resources

We are a resource for all women of the Archdiocese through online materials, on-site training, a bi-annual worldwide conference and bi-annual regional retreats  The conference and retreats provide leadership training and board training, spiritually enriching speakers, and opportunities to exchange ideas with women from other chapel MCCW/CWOC programs.

News

Catholic news you need to know, right at your fingertips.  MCCW is committed to aggregating the breaking news of today and bringing it to one site to make it easy for our members to stay abreast of what the Holy Father and other Catholic news sources are reporting, but also secular stories that influence or bear on our faith and religious liberties.  Check back often for up-to-date news stories of interest.