ABOUT US

A visible presence for Christ in military communities

ABOUT US

A Visible Presence for Christ in Military Communities

ABOUT US

A Visible Presence for Christ in Military Communities

Our Ministry

MCCW connects, unites, and inspires military women around the world to grow in their Catholic faith.

MCCW connects, unites, and inspires military women around the world to grow in their Catholic faith.

As the official women’s ministry of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, we welcome all U.S. military-affiliated women to be a part of our community. Whether you are active duty, a veteran, a military dependent, assigned to an embassy, DoD adjacent, or you love someone who is, you belong here.

  • Connect with MCCW globally, regionally, or locally

  • Worldwide Forum every two years in a regional rotation

  • Coordinated support for the AMS co-sponsored seminarians and all vocational awareness

  • Opportunities for leadership and faith formation

  • Online community groups

  • Regular prayer & devotional opportunities

  • Regional retreats

Bishop Muhm with European Regional MCCW Ladies
Bishop Muhm with European Regional MCCW Ladies

Our Ministry

MCCW connects, unites, and inspires military women around the world to grow in their Catholic faith.

As the official women’s ministry of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, we welcome all U.S. military-affiliated women to be a part of our community. Whether you are active duty, a veteran, a military dependent, assigned to an embassy, DoD adjacent, or you love someone who is, you belong here. 

  • Connect with MCCW globally, regionally, or locally

  • Worldwide Forum every two years in a regional rotation

  •  Coordinated support for the AMS co-sponsored seminarians and all vocational awareness

  • Opportunities for leadership and faith formation

  • Online community groups

  • Regular prayer & devotional opportunities

  • Regional retreats

Seven regions – five in the US, one in Europe, and one in Asia

Seven regions – five in the United States, one in Europe, and one in Asia

Your local military chapel, parish, or your group of friends can use MCCW programs, tools, and resources to grow women’s ministry programs that understand and support the unique needs of military women. 

Our History

MCCW has been connecting, uniting, and inspiring women for more than 65 years.

MCCW has been connecting, uniting, and inspiring women for more than 65 years.

Founded in Europe, the original mission then, which continues to be the mission today, is to support women on their faith journey by being a resource to Catholic military women worldwide. 

1,800,000

Catholics in military families supported by MCCW

3,700

Catholic women digitally joined by the MCCW network of support

Our History

MCCW has been connecting, uniting, and inspiring women for more than 65 years.

Founded in Europe, the original mission continues today –to support women on their faith journey by being a resource to Catholic military-affiliated women worldwide. 

Our Patroness

A powerful intercessor, and

mediator on our behalf

Composed by the Most Reverend Robert J. Dwyer, D.D. (1908-1976), then Bishop of Reno, for the 33rd national convention of the National Council of Catholic Women, one of the organizations that helped found MCCW in the 1950s.

Lord of heavenly wisdom, Who has given us your own Mother Mary to be our guide and Counselor in this our lives, Grant that in all things we may have the grace to seek maternal instruction and to profit by it in humility and love. O Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the Military Council of Catholic Women, help us to understand and fulfill the mind and will of your Divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Under the blessing of the Father, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may we be responsible and intelligent daughters of the Church. May we labor in the spirit of renewal to realize more perfectly the Kingdom of God here below, as the only true preparation for our share in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Amen.

Mary, under the title Our Lady of Good Counsel, is the Patroness of MCCW. In all our work, MCCW leaders look to the Mother of God for guidance and a better understanding of her Son’s will for our lives and our ministry. 

In this image, the figures represent Mother and Child after returning from the temple where Mary heard the sad prophecy of Simeon. Mary’s eyes are half-veiled as though she were lost in contemplation, taking counsel with her God. The little Child does not return the gaze of the beholder, as happens in so many pictures; instead, He draws our eyes upward to Mary as if to tell us to look for Counsel there, in the very Seat of Wisdom. If Our Blessed Mother is willing to ask her Son to work miracles to let us know of her motherly concern, Our Lady of Good Counsel is undoubtedly ready to speak words of advice and instruction to help us over the hurdles of our daily lives.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.

Adopt As Your Patroness

The feast day for Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 26th.  We invite you to pray the novena with us starting April 17.  However, this prayer can be started anytime and for any reason. Our Lady of Good Counsel is always watching over and interceding on our behalf.

Pray The Novena

Our Patroness

A powerful intercessor, and mediator on our behalf

Composed by the Most Reverend Robert J. Dwyer, D.D. (1908-1976), then Bishop of Reno, for the 33rd national convention of the National Council of Catholic Women, one of the organizations that helped found MCCW in the 1950s.

Lord of heavenly wisdom, Who has given us your own Mother Mary to be our guide and Counselor in this our lives, Grant that in all things we may have the grace to seek maternal instruction and to profit by it in humility and love. O Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the Military Council of Catholic Women, help us to understand and fulfill the mind and will of your Divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Under the blessing of the Father, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may we be responsible and intelligent daughters of the Church. May we labor in the spirit of renewal to realize more perfectly the Kingdom of God here below, as the only true preparation for our share in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Amen.

Mary, under the title Our Lady of Good Counsel, is the Patroness of MCCW. In all our work, MCCW leaders look to the Mother of God for guidance and a better understanding of her Son’s will for our lives and our ministry. 

In this image, the figures represent Mother and Child after returning from the temple where Mary heard the sad prophecy of Simeon. Mary’s eyes are half-veiled as though she were lost in contemplation, taking counsel with her God. The little Child does not return the gaze of the beholder, as happens in so many pictures; instead, He draws our eyes upward to Mary as if to tell us to look for Counsel there, in the very Seat of Wisdom. If our Blessed Mother is willing to ask her Son to work miracles to let us know of her motherly concern, Our Lady of Good Counsel is undoubtedly ready to speak words of advice and instruction to help us over the hurdles of our daily lives.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.

Adopt As Your Patroness

The feast day for Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 26th.  We invite you to pray the novena with us starting April 17.  However, this prayer can be started anytime and for any reason. Our Lady of Good Counsel is always watching over and interceding on our behalf.

Pray The Novena

The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) was created by Pope John Paul II in 1985 to provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. 

As the officially recognized and endorsed women’s organization of the AMS, MCCW-Worldwide remains committed to upholding the values, standards, and expectations of our Archdiocese. We maintain a close relationship with Archbishop Broglio, and our four AMS Auxiliary Bishops, Bishop Spencer, Bishop Buckon, Bishop Muhm, and Bishop Coffey. Each Auxiliary Bishop has a designated area of responsibility which seamlessly integrates into our MCCW regions. In addition, Bishop Buckon serves as our Episcopal Moderator and Father Eric Albertson serves as our Spiritual Moderator. We are grateful for their extra efforts as we grow in faith and outreach.

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The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) was created by Pope John Paul II in 1985 to provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. 

As the officially recognized and endorsed women’s organization of AMS, MCCW-Worldwide remains committed to upholding the values, standards, and expectations of our archdiocese. We maintain a close relationship with Archbishop Broglio, and our AMS Auxiliary Bishops, Bishop Spencer, Bishop Buckon, Bishop Muhm, and Bishop Coffey. Each Auxiliary Bishop has a designated area of responsibility which seamlessly integrates into our MCCW regions.

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Our Team

MCCW is blessed to have a team of dedicated volunteers around the world united by their shared Catholic faith and their connection to the U.S. military.

The worldwide board oversees the daily operations of MCCW. From planning events to serving our women, creating resources to provide our local community groups, and managing expenses for the organization’s operations, this team of women volunteers their time to serve each other and the military community.

Our Team

MCCW is blessed to have a team of dedicated volunteers around the world united by their shared Catholic faith and their connection to the U.S. military.

The worldwide board oversees the daily operations of MCCW. From planning events to serve our women, creating resources to provide to our local community groups, and managing expenses for the organization’s operations, this team of women volunteer their time to serve each other and the military community.

Bevin Landrum
Bevin LandrumPresident
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Becca Lockhart
Becca LockhartDirector of Forum
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Kitty Eisenbeil
Kitty EisenbeilDirector of Formation
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Joan LaPore
Joan LaPoreDirector of Finance
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Muffy Patterson
Muffy PattersonDirector of Regional Coordinators
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Anni Harry
Anni HarryDirector of Communications
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Josephine Trejo
Josephine TrejoDirector of Stewardship
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Madeline Stockman
Madeline StockmanDirector At-Large
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Bernadette Kovalsick
Bernadette Kovalsick Director At-large
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Bevin Landrum
Bevin LandrumPresident
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Becca Lockhart
Becca LockhartDirector of Forum
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Kitty Eisenbeil
Kitty EisenbeilDirector of Formation
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Joan LaPore
Joan LaPoreDirector of Finance
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Muffy Patterson
Muffy PattersonDirector of Regional Coordinators
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Anni Harry
Anni HarryDirector of Communications
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Josephine Trejo
Josephine TrejoDirector of Stewardship
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Madeline Stockman
Madeline StockmanDirector At-Large
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Bernadette Kovalsick
Bernadette Kovalsick Director At-large
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A group of dedicated volunteers supports the worldwide leadership team in their work. These volunteer teams focus on particular areas of our ministry and make it possible to connect, unite, and inspire women worldwide. 

  • Anne Argenziano Gutowski, Graphic Designer
  • Mariana Dionne, Merchandise Manager
  • Eleanor Gentilini, Historian
  • Rosemary Eldridge, Webmaster
  • Katherine Lockhart, The Well Editor
  • Brenda Nonnweiler, Policies and Procedures
  • Sue Parker, Registrar
  • Ciara Holt, Digital Resource Manager
  • Lisa Donahue, Discernment
  • Denise Hummel, Awards & Recognition

For more than 60 years, MCCW has been led by dedicated volunteers – caring, generous military-affiliated women who have given their time, talent, and treasure to help their sisters in Christ grow in their Catholic faith. This continues today with talented teams working at the worldwide and regional levels to build and deliver MCCW’s ministry programs, events, and resources.

If you feel called to serve our worldwide or regional communities through a role with MCCW, please contact our President. We have the following positions available:

  • Instagram Channel Manager – Showcase your social media brand strategy while building the MCCW Instagram channel to reach a broader demographic of Catholic women. Curate content, guide strategy, and reach a growing audience with optimized worldwide engagement.
  • 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.
  • 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 an excellent opportunity to learn by doing — help the Director of Finance set up a contact management system and help manage MCCW’s annual fundraising.
  • Grant Writer– Access to Catholic Funding Guide to research new grant opportunities for our evangelization outreach and military faith community support. The ideal candidate has experience writing, reporting, and stewarding grants in the $10K-$100K range.

MCCW uses discernment, a prayerful way of making decisions, to select many of its new leaders.

MCCW discernment is done in two parts: a personal discernment process that gives a possible servant leader a guide to praying and talking with God about the decision; and a group prayer service during which potential leaders share their gifts and talents and new leaders are selected.

So that MCCW can continue to connect, unite, and inspire military women worldwide in the best way, MCCW discernment happens on a rolling, staggered schedule. There is always an opportunity to answer the call to serve! Learn more here.

Worldwide Positions Available Spring 2023

  • Director of Finance
  • Director of Formation
  • Director of Regional Coordinators
  • Director at Large for Evangelization
  • Director at Large

Worldwide Positions Being Discerned April 2024

  • President
  • Direct of Forum
  • Director of Communications
  • Director of Stewardship
  • Director at Large for Vocational Support

Regional Positions Available in 2023

All of MCCW’s regional teams will be discerned in 2023 to better align our rotation and training.  We will discern new Regional, Communications, and Liturgical Coordinators for all seven regions, including three OCONUS (European, Asian, and Pacific) and four CONUS regions (Northeastern, Southeastern, Central, and Western).