MCCW Names Endowed Scholarship

With a joyful heart, MCCW is pleased to announce the official name for its endowed scholarship:   

The Military Council of Catholic Women Endowed Co-Sponsored Seminarian Scholarship

This scholarship, which continues MCCW’s commitment to its perpetual charity – the support of AMS Co-Sponsored Seminarians – will allow every dollar donated to go even further toward helping our promised priests during seminary.

In order to establish the endowed scholarship, MCCW must raise a total of $50,000. Donations over the past two years have raised $37,000 and it is MCCW’s goal to raise the final $13,000 during the five Spring retreats.

We need your help! In keeping with MCCW tradition, a silent auction will be held at each regional retreat with all earnings being put toward reaching the $50,000 goal.  If you or your chapel are attending a retreat, consider contributing a basket or item for the auction. If you are attending the retreat, consider bidding on one of the wonderful items available.

Not attending a retreat? You can still help make a difference for our seminarians. You can send a cash or check donation to the retreat with someone attending or you can make your donation directly online at

MCCW is so excited about all its newly endowed scholarship will do. It will connect our members from around the globe to our effort to support seminarians, unite our financial contributions for even greater impact, and inspire future MCCW members to continue supporting our promised priests.

We kindly thank you for your financial contributions and, additionally, ask for your loving prayers for each of our AMS co-sponsored seminarians.  Together we can support our promised priests — those men called to serve both God and our military families.


Prayer for Co-Sponsored Seminarians

O Lord of the Harvest,

continue to sustain the generous response of the AMS co-sponsored seminarians.  

Enflame Your Spirit within them and guide their formation.

Enlarge their hearts to make them all things for all people,

because you are the Lord of all who lives and reigns forever and ever.


–Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio


Called to Serve

From its beginning, MCCW has been led by dedicated volunteers – caring, generous military-affiliated women who have given of their time, talent, and treasure in order to help their sisters in Christ grow in the Catholic faith. This continues today with talented teams working at the worldwide and regional levels to produce MCCW events and resources.

So that MCCW can continue to connect, unite, and inspire military women around the world in the very best way, MCCW has begun to stagger turnover on the worldwide board as well as the regional boards. All discerned leaders will continue to serve two-year terms – but some will transition in and out during even years, and others during odd years.

How Will This Work?

Discernment for many of the worldwide positions will continue to happen at Forum. The President, the Directors of Forum, Financial Stewardship, Communications, and one At-Large board member will discern during an in-person discernment process during Forum and will be installed that weekend.

The other worldwide board members – Directors of Regional Coordinators and Faith Formation Resources as well as the other two At-Large board members – will be discerned one year after Forum (April of odd years) during a telephonic or video-teleconference discernment process. They will assume their positions immediately, but will be formally installed at the next in-person board meeting.

Regional Coordinators, as well as Regional Communications Coordinators and Regional Liturgists, will be discerned during in-person discernment processes at each region’s retreat and will be installed at that retreat.

When Will This Start?

This process has already begun, but it will take a full two year-cycle (from Forum 2018 to Forum 2020) to be fully implemented.

The next step is holding regional discernments at each of the regional retreats this year. When you register for your regional retreat you will receive a discernment packet that will help you prayerfully decide if you are being called to a leadership role in your region. This packet is also available on the MCCW website.

In the coming weeks, a discernment packet for the worldwide board will also be available on the website for those interested in discerning to one of the worldwide positions available in the odd years.As we work through the kinks of implementing this process, the only position currently available is Director of Faith Formation Resources. Any changes to this will be promoted in upcoming issues of The Well and on social media. The date and time of that discernment process will also be announced in the coming weeks.

Preparing to Lead

In addition to staggering the board transitions, MCCW will invite anyone interested in discerning the role of Worldwide President to attend a regional retreat discernment and commit to a year of pre-discernment service. During this year, those interested will volunteer at the worldwide level in many parts of the organization as well as participate in regularly scheduled calls with the current President to learn about the role, responsibilities, and duties. This, along with prayerful personal discernment, will help prepare these committed women to discern the role of MCCW president at Forum.

How Else Can I Get Involved?

If you aren’t feeling called to a discerned position in MCCW’s leadership, there are still many ways to get involved. Each board member has a team who performs many tasks and functions related to her position. If a particular area is calling to you, reach out to the director of that area to find out how you can help.

You can also watch social media and The Well for announcements about specific positions that need to be filled. There is room at the table for all who are called to serve and MCCW will help you find the right seat.

Servant Leaders Needed

MCCW History Team – Help MCCW create a digital record of its 60+ year history! Join the team and use your archiving, writing, and digital organization skills to pull together pictures, articles, and interviews during this short-term project.

Policy and Procedures Writer – MCCW needs a strong, organized writer to document its standard operating procedures and processes. 5-10 hrs/month

Interested in any of the above positions? Email to learn more.

Finance/Stewardship Intern – Interested in gaining experience in finance and stewardship in a nonprofit setting (or have a college student who is?) This unpaid internship is a great opportunity to learn by doing — help the Director of Finance set up a contact management system and help manage MCCW’s annual designated offering campaign.

If interested, email resume to


Forum 2020 Location Announced

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Wow! I am just back from a long weekend in San Antonio with your MCCW board and all I can say is, “wow!”

Wow to the amazingly talented, dedicated servant leaders who put in countless volunteer hours to help MCCW connect, unite, and inspire each of you.

Wow to the fruit that comes from the grace of God and time together – time spent praying, learning, working, and even playing!

And the biggest wow to the amazing host city and host hotel for our 2020 Forum! We cannot wait to share all we have planned for the MCCW Faith Formation Forum 2020: Be It Done to Me According to Your Word.

In addition to inspirational speakers, beautiful opportunities for the sacraments, and a prayer-filled pilgrimage, we will have a front-row seat for San Antonio’s biggest annual celebration – Fiesta! This nearly 130-year-old tradition started as a way to honor the state’s earliest military heroes – those brave men who fought at the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. What a fitting time for the women of MCCW to gather and reflect on our shared sisterhood of faith and military service.

This issue is chock-full of details about that event so you and your chapels can start planning!

Before I sign off, I also want to plant a seed in each of your minds. So that we can continue to provide the very best opportunities, MCCW will begin this year staggering the succession of its board members. You can read more about this in Called to Serve, but I want to encourage each of you to begin praying about how you can serve MCCW and the women of the Archdiocese for the Military Services in the years to come. There is room at the table for each of you and I look forward to seeing many of you around the discernment table in the coming months.

Yours in Christ,



February Volunteer of the Month, Jackie Henderson

This month’s volunteer spotlight features Jackie Henderson. Jackie’s dedication to the devotions of the Catholic faith are evident to anyone who has the great fortune to spend time with her. The ladies who were able to attend the MCCW Forum 2018 in San Diego will remember her, as she brought a multitude of veils for anyone interested in veiling during Mass. She extended the same invitation (and veils) to the ladies attending the 2019 MCCW Pacific Regional Retreat along with a beautiful explanation of the veiling devotion. Mahalo, Jackie, for your willingness to share how this devotion is one way to bring us closer to Christ.