Who is the Des Moines Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

The Des Moines DCCW was founded in 1929. It is one of four Diocesan/Archdiocesan CCWs in Iowa. It operates under the direction of a board of Directors which reports to the Bishop.

The Organization Structure is as follows:

National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)

  • Province (4 Diocesan/Archdiocesan CCWs) – Dubuque Province
  • Diocesan – Des Moines DCCW
  • Region (also referred to as Deanery)
  • Parish CCW (Altar and Rosary Societies, Catholic Daughters of America, Guilds, etc.)

The DCCW holds an annual convention in Atlantic which:

  • Provides education and empowerment through its speakers
  • Honor Women nominated by their local parishes for outstanding service to their parish and their community
  • Provides for collection and services to
    Birthright by providing layettes
    Gabriel’s Corner by providing layettes
    Various Homeless Shelters by providing “shoe boxes” containing toiletries
    Catholic Relief Services by providing funding for their world wide services
    Water For Life, a program to help provide clean water in various countries worldwide
  • Networking opportunities with other Catholic Women
  • Mass with the Bishop
  • Fundraising

In 2011, we began offering fall retreats which include:

  • Education and empowerment
  • Spa activities for fun and personal enrichment
  • Networking opportunities with other Catholic Women

In addition, the DCCW publish its newsletter The Leaven twice each year.