Training is the Key

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Wow! Time just flies by and here we are with less than a year until Forum 2020.  Plans are well underway, but so much will happen between now and when we welcome you all to San Antonio next April.

One of the things that has to happen in advance is preparation for discernment of new leaders for the MCCW Worldwide Board. As part of our new staggered leadership plan, we will discern five of the nine board positions at Forum: President, Director of Forum, Director of Communications, Director of Financial Stewardship and one At-large Director position.

In order to fully prepare those women who might be prayerfully considering the role of MCCW President, we are asking anyone who feels a call to this position to self-identify by the end of the summer. You can do this by emailing me at and letting me know that you are thinking about it.

Once you do, you will be part of our board-shadowing program. You will listen in during board meetings, participate in planning activities, and have opportunities to visit with me and other board members about this job. It is our hope that giving you this preparation time will help our next president step confidently into her role immediately following discernment.

If you want to learn more about the role of MCCW President, or any of the other positions we will be discerning at Forum, you can visit for full job descriptions, expectations, and other important information.

And speaking of Forum, check out the rest of this issue and follow us on social media for new and exciting details about this exciting event in 2020. We can’t wait to welcome you all to San Antonio in just ten short months.

Yours in Christ,


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