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About Us

The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) established May 11, 1933 by Archbishop John G. Murray, and is a volunteer organization inviting members to respond to Christ’s call to serve others through affiliated parish CCW organizations. ACCW is guided by six commissions through which it carries out its ministries and a Board of Directors composed of:

  • ACCW President

  •  Spiritual Advisor

  •  Elected Officers

  • Commission Chair and Vice-Chairs

  • Deanery CCW Presidents

 
 

ACCW has seven Deanery Councils of Catholic Women representing the fifteen geographical deaneries of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

 

Minneapolis

Kathy Williams kwilliams9208@yahoo.com

Northeast

Sue Stanich ssstillh2o@gmail.com

Northwest

Betty Thomes betty@projectread.com

St. Paul

Cathy Healy cathy.healy51@gmail.com

 

Southeast

Maggie Langenfeld mlangenfeld2@gmail.com

Southwest

Georgine Gansen g_gansen@hotmail.com

West

Mary Jo Sherwood maryjo.sherwood@comcast.net

 
 
 
Mission

Mission

As a member of National Catholic Council of Women, ACCW acts through its affiliated organizations to support, empower and educate women in spirituality, leadership and service. Our programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.

 
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ACCW provides:

  • Programs of spiritual enrichment

  • Support to the Deanery Boards and their affiliated parish women’s organizations

  • Leadership and mentorship training

  • Educational workshops and events Offers individual membership

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The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women has impressed me as a gem in this Archdiocese.
— Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda

Staff

 

Our office is located within the Archdiocesan Catholic Center

Office hours: 8:30 am – 2 pm | Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

        

 
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Betty Berge

ACCW President, 2019-2021

Betty Berge has held previous ACCW offices including 1st and 2nd vice president and various commission chair positions, and Southwest Deanery President. Archbishop Hebda appointed Betty as ACCW President for a 2-year volunteer term.

 
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CHRISTINE ALLIE

ACCW Office Manager 2006-present

 
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REV. DAVID KOHNER

ACCW Spiritual Advisor 2008-present

Father David Kohner is appointed by Archbishop Hebda as the ACCW Spiritual Advisor for a renewable 3-year term.

 
 
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History 

 

Early 1933

Archbishop John Gregory Murray called the first organization meeting of the ACCW.

May 1933

The First ACCW Convention was held under Archbishop Murray’s direction.

FIRST PROGRAMS included topics such as Parish development, Education, Lay retreat, Catholic literature & press, Watchful radio programs, Legion of decency, attending to the sick, infirm, aged, and underprivileged.

1940’s

  • Women became involved with the local Red Cross, support newly opened Our Lady of Good Counsel Cancer Home, and Foreign Mission programs

1950’s

  • A scholarship program for teachers in parochial schools set up, the first rural life Mass was held at the Cathedral and ACCW hosted a luncheon for foreign wives. 

1960’s

  • Representatives traveled to Washington DC to attend a conference on needs of the aged. Women assist with Girl and Boy Scout programs.

1970’s

  • The Appalachian Christmas program began at the request of Fr. Terrance Hoppenjans. The Lay Woman Volunteer Award program was initiated. The Life Links Program began to provide alternatives to abortion.

1987

  • The Life Links Program began to provide direct aid to women and children in need.

1995

  • Joan McGrath from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis becomes President of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW).

1997

  • The Walk with Me program began as a way to support seminarians by prayer, cards, and letters.

2003

  • Hosted the National Council of Catholic Women Convention in Minneapolis with over 1,500 attendees.

2017

  • Moved the ACCW office to the historical 3M building at 777 Forest Street in St. Paul, which is shared with other archdiocesan employees.

2019

  • Many of these programs continue today, such as, Pro-life previously Life Links, The Appalachia Christmas Drive, Our Lady of Peace Home, Foreign Missions – Madonna Plan, Religious Awards for youth, Educational programs & workshops, The Lay Women Award, Rural Life Mass, Meals on Wheels, and Sharing and Caring hands.