What is National Catholic Sisters Week?
March 8, 2019
- National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic sisters’ vital contributions to society, both past and present.
- NCSW kicks off on International Women’s Day, March 8 and runs through March 14.
- Molly Murphy MacGregor, who was educated and deeply influenced by Catholic sisters, co-founded the National Women’s History Project that evolved into Women’s History Week. In 1987, U.S. Congress formally expanded it to the entire month of March. NCSW debuted in March 2014 as a component of Women’s History Month.
- NCSW is designed to raise awareness of Catholic sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes. Many NCSW events across the U.S. are supported by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
- The hope is that as people learn more about women religious, they’ll be inspired to engage in self-reflection, service and simple acts of kindness modeled by Catholic sisters.
- NCSW also hopes to inspire young women to consider religious life by coming to know Catholic sisters personally.
Remember, any time you tell the story or share the good work of a Catholic sister− whether through a one-one conversation, a blog post or a tweet−you are celebrating NCSW.