Thursday, September 10, 2020

Call to Convention!


You are Invited!

Peoria Diocesan Council of

Catholic Women 

Biennial Convention

NCCW:  100 Years and Counting! 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

We are excited to invite all Catholic women of our diocese to participate in our first ever Virtual Convention!  Because of social distancing concerns, we are hosting 3 separate Zoom video sessions.  For security reasons, Zoom invitations will only be sent to people who register by requesting via email at or calling PDCCW President Kim Padan.  


Each session will have its own Zoom login.  When you request Zoom invitations, you will receive one for each session.

10:30 – 12:00 Welcome; Opening Prayer, introductions

        Commission projects

        Business Meeting: Bylaws, Installation of Officers***

        Special Project:  Women Connect with April Adams, PDCCW 

                                Chair of Evangelization


1:00 – 2:00 Keynote Speaker:  Judy Hehr

Judy is a dynamic Catholic speaker, radio host, author, and development coach. She believes in the godliness and grace that lies with each of us. She dispels lies and uncovers TRUTH while empowering listeners to get past the past and receive the love and mercy God has in abundance for all of us. She wants for all to believe in the resurrection power of Jesus. Her style has been described as enlightening, engaging, entertaining, edifying and heartbreaking. She uses her sense of humor and real struggles from her personal life to connect theology to daily reality. The power behind her life journey will expand your self-awareness, remind you of Gods infinite love for you, helping her audiences rekindle their love for Christ and his mother while encouraging a personal relationship with God.  Judy was a Keynote Speaker at the 2016 NCCW National Convention in Indianapolis.



2:30 – 3:30 NCCW Centennial Prayer Service

                Closing announcements, Final Blessing

*** Each parish should select 2 delegates before October 10 to vote on officers and bylaws.  When registering, be sure to indicate if you are an assigned delegate.  Women who are paid individual members of NCCW also have voting privileges.  Voting will be done via the Chat feature on Zoom so we have an official record.  

Non-voting members are still encouraged to attend.  The more, the merrier!

Download Convention Flyer: HERE

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Our New Province Director!

 Congratulations to Nympha White, longtime PDCCW board member, Past President, member of various national committees and commissions, current diocesan Chair of International Concerns and Prison ministry, AND 2018 winner of the "Our Lady of Good Counsel Award," who was installed as Province Director this morning! Province Directors make up most of the National Board of Directors. Nympha will serve a two year term for the Chicago Province, which is all 6 dioceses of Illinois.

Thursday, June 4, 2020


The National Council of Catholic Women mourns the death of George Floyd and the long list of victims that have gone before him. Racism takes many forms and can happen in many places. It includes prejudice, discrimination or hatred directed at someone because of their color, ethnicity, or national origin.

We ask our members to read the USCCB pastoral letter against racism "Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love," (please click here) and engage each other in dialogue and reflection during this time of unrest and sadness. This could be a daunting task, one that will bring a feeling of discomfort and anxiety and because of this we are suggesting several tools that may assist you. The pastoral letter above as well as a study guide to this letter is available by clicking here. In addition, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has created a web portal “Talking About Race” with many free resources and reflections for you to use in this process of discernment and reflection. It can be easily accessed by clicking here.
Racism is alive in our country, although many would like to think that it is a thing of the past, events of this past month have proved it is not. We are all created in the image and likeness of God bringing to light that no one person regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin is better than another.
We remain in prayer for the victims of racism and violence and continue to reflect on aspects of peace and justice.
Jean Kelly
NCCW President

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Volunteer Appreciation Event CANCELED

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 Hello Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

It is with sadness that I announce formally the cancellation of the annual DCCW Volunteer Appreciation Mass & Luncheon that had been scheduled for April 30th.  Our board of directors convened via conference call last night to discuss this issue at length.  While the idea of postponing the event also came up, there is simply too much uncertainty as to when activities in our parishes and diocese will return to normal.  Any parish that has already sent in registration will have their payments returned, when we can access the mail at Spalding Pastoral Center.  We plan to hold our regular event in April of NEXT year, and we hope to make up for lost time! 

My heart breaks, because this is the Centennial year of the National Council of Catholic Women.  Please know that we are exploring ways to still commemorate this special year.  We will put out a spring newsletter in early May, and our Biennial Diocesan Convention is still on the calendar for Saturday October 10th, at St. Louis Church in Princeton.  More details will come out in the coming months.

As members of the Body of Christ, we remain connected in spirit.  Our prayers are with everyone across the Diocese of Peoria in these final days of Lent, and we will be rejoicing with you throughout the Easter season.

Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.

Kim Padan, President

and all members of the Peoria Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

Board of Directors