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There are many options for women to be spiritually uplifted and renewed in the Diocese of Green Bay. There are events, retreats, social opportunities and seminars happening regularly at parishes throughout the Diocese. Below please find information related to women's ministry that you might find helpful.

The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

The Green Bay Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) was founded in 1924 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at the invitation of Bishop Paul Rhode, sixth bishop of Green Bay. 

Its purpose is to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service, consistent with the teachings and tradition of the Catholic Church.

The women do service projects in the areas of church, family, international, community, legislation, and organization.

The Green Bay Diocesan Council of Catholic Women sponsors Marian Day, Retreats, and the Lick Family Violence campaign to raise funds for local shelters.

There are Councils of Catholic Women at the parish, vicariate, diocesan and national levels.  The National Council of Catholic Women provides information on projects and activities that can be adapted for their parish and locality.

These include mini-retreats, awareness programs on domestic violence and human trafficking, the Respite Program where trained volunteers give family members a break from being caregivers 24/7, and Water for Life to provide clear water systems in impoverished areas.

In Mary's Footsteps Women's Conference

Creating a Culture of Justice, Love and Charity through Prayer, Communion and Missionary Discipleship  

image.png The goal of In Mary’s Footsteps Women’s Conference is for women of all ages – to know Mary so as to draw closer to her son, Jesus, and in doing so to inspire and rise up holy women of God who wish to live out their vocational call as Daughters of God and to serve within their state in life where God is calling each of them. The Women's Conference is held the second Saturday in March at Good Shepherd Parish in Chilton, Wis.

Elizabeth Ministry

Elizabeth Ministry LogoElizabeth Ministry is an international movement offering hope, encouragement, healing on issues related to childbearing, relationships, and sexuality. Elizabeth Ministry is committed to upholding the sanctity of life and the dignity of each woman and offers many opportunities for education, formation, support, and encouragement. To learn more about the work of Elizabeth Ministry visit their website.


Women Celebrate

Women Celebrate LogoThe mission of Women Celebrate is to gather women together to celebrate their relationship with God, encourage and support one another as women, and experience teachings and fun in our Christian life. Women Celebrate offers their annual popular retreat weekend in February. Learn more about the work of Women Celebrate on their website.


Girlfriends in God

Girlfriends in God Logo SquareGirlfriends in God brings together women of all ages from across the Diocese of Green Bay and pampers them physically and spiritually, encouraging them to share their own faith journeys and listen to the experience and wisdom gained from other women's experiences of faith. The Girlfriends in God events combine faith, good food and laughter, giving busy women the opportunity to find their common ground as Girlfriends in God. Events usually take the format of a half day or evening of reflection, leaving women motivated and re-energized to continue deepening their faith journey with Christ and with their local parish community. Learn more about Girlfriends in God on the web.


More information on Women's Ministry in the Diocese of Green Bay

For more information on the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women – DCCW:

  • Paula Freimuth | 920-860-6682 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ann Schmitz | 920-856-6251 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Barb Kimme | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.