National Council of Catholic Women address trafficking, life issues at meeting

By Record Staff Report

Members of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) from close to 40 provinces across the country met in Washington, D.C., in mid January for the council’s board of directors meeting and the annual March for Life.

The women discussed new national initiatives, such as NCCW’s collaboration with the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking to provide mentoring and support to victims of human trafficking, according to a press release from NCCW.

The gathering also talked about the efforts of a new education committee to share Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium with Catholic women councils across the country, said the statement.

On the council’s agenda, too, was the creation of new Councils of Catholic Women for high school-aged youth and young adults. During the meeting, the board also unveiled a new program that will connect students in the U.S. with their peers in the Holy Land.

Maribeth Stewart, president of the NCCW, said in the release that “It’s always so wonderful for our board to gather as it highlights the dedication to and work for our mission of spirituality, leadership service for all Catholic women. We were excited to explore our new initiatives and to mark the progress of all our programs.”

The women participated in the Pro-Life Leadership Mass and the Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Jan. 18. On Jan. 19, the group took part in the 45th annual March for Life which marked the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the U.S.

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