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FAQ: National Catholic Sisters Week

What is National Catholic Sisters Week?

National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) is a dedicated celebration of Catholic sisters intended to raise awareness of their vital contributions, both past and present. It is a national campaign that culminates annually from March 8 to 14.

When is National Catholic Sisters Week?
The dedicated week is March 8 to 14 every year.

Who is it for?
National Catholic Sisters Week is for everyone. Every American can be inspired or empowered by Catholic sisters. Our audience spans all ages and creeds, from seniors to Baby Boomers to teens, including Catholic sisters, parishes, colleges, and religious communities. NCSW is also geared to young women who grapple with major life decisions and explore their spirituality; they can draw great strength and wisdom from Catholic sisters.

What is the purpose?
National Catholic Sisters Week is intended to broaden awareness of Catholic sisters, whose lives and ministries often remain behind the scenes. The hope is that those who learn more about women religious will be inspired and compelled to engage in self reflection, service and simple acts of kindness. We also envision an outcome in which more young women consider religious life because they have been exposed to it through a personal relationship.

When did NCSW launch?
National Catholic Sisters Week debuted in March 2014.

How does NCSW relate to National Women’s History Month?
National Catholic Sisters Week is an official component of Women’s History Month. It was authorized by Molly Murphy MacGregor, co-founder of National Women’s History
Project, who was educated and deeply influenced by Catholic sisters. In 1981, Women’s History Month launched as a single week. By 1987, U.S. Congress formally expanded it to the full month of March.

Where is NCSW housed?
The National Catholic Sisters Week team is headquartered at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., the largest college for women in the nation. The private liberal-artsuniversity was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905.

Who’s in charge of NCSW?
The National Catholic Sisters Week team is led by two executive directors, Sister Mary Soher, OP, and Molly Hazelton, who share an office on the campus of St. Catherine University. Their talented staff includes media professionals and student interns. NCSW is supported by a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.


Where is NCSW happening?
National Catholic Sisters Week is designed to be celebrated across the country. Check out the NCSW website ( for information and event listings. If an event hasn’t been planned in your community, we encourage you to host one. The website offers an array of ideas to spark your creative juices and resources to help organize and publicize and event.

How can I participate?
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 participating in NCSW.  Participation is as simple as engaging online with NCSW. Follow our social channels to stay informed. You can also participate by attending an NCSW event or hosting your own, however big or small, in the spirit of celebrating women religious.

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