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New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

“Through baptism and confirmation the laity are commissioned to be apostles by the Lord Himself,…The laity can engage in their apostolic activity either as individuals or as members of various groups or associations.” Chapter V, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity , Second Vatican Council


The Voice of Catholic Women within the Family

Beth Mahoney, the National Mission Director for Holy Cross Family Ministries, guides the mission for Family Rosary, which seeks to support the spiritual well-being of the family through prayer, especially the Rosary. Beth is a member of Spiritual Directors International and enjoys accompanying people on their spiritual journey. Since August 2000 Beth has published two books through Ave Maria Press. She authored Grant Us Peace: Rosary Meditations for Those Who Mourn, and edited Pray With Me Still: Rosary Meditations and Spiritual Support for Persons with Alzheimer's, Their Caregivers and Loved Ones. She is the author of numerous sections of the Family Rosary website.

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location: St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Alton, NH
Presenter: Beth Mahoney, the National Mission Director for Holy Cross Family Ministries
Cost: $25/per person includes presentation, continental breakfast, and hot lunch.

CLICK HERE for more information and to register online.

CLICK HERE to download a flyer and register by mail

Called Out of Darkness and Into Light

Losing one's job, a cancer diagnosis, the death of a child, these were among the true stories that Nancy Kellar, a certified Spiritual Director from southern Maine shared at the annual Lenten Morning of Reflection. The journey of darkness, Nancy tells us, involves anger, suffering, uncertainty and questions about where God was in times of great loss. Using examples from Scripture, Nancy highlighted how the light that gradually illumines experiences of darkness grows through learning to trust God and God's ways more than our own. Many of those who were present commented on how they identified with the experiences of darkness that Nancy described. This event was an opportunity during Lent to be guided through a reflection on being called into light and participants found it very meaningful and reassuring to know that they were not alone in their spiritual journey.

Eighty-five women from throughout the diocese attended the annual Lenten Breakfast and Morning of Reflection sponsored by the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at St. Mary Church, Rochester. Heather Johnson, President of the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, welcomed the participants and shared briefly on the mission of the Council. Morning Prayer was centered on Isaiah 55: 1-11 as preparation for the presentation. A breakfast of scrambled eggs, ham, fruit cup and a variety of baked goods followed prayer. Nancy Kellar, a certified Spiritual Director from southern Maine, addressed the group on the theme of the day, “Called out of Darkness into Light.” Door prizes were awarded after the presentation and the morning concluded with a prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel.


The NH Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (NHDCCW) is the diocesan umbrella council for all Catholic women’s groups in the diocese as well as individual membership. Today the Council's goal is to encourage all Catholic women to join through individual membership rather than through a formalized women’s group. The NHDCCW is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women.

The Council’s role is to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. Its programs respond with gospel values to the need of the Church and society in the modern world.

The National Council with its diocesan councils are members of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO). The Holy See affirms WUCCWO as the “voice of women in the Church and as the voice of Church.” WUCCWO received from the Pontifical Council for the Laity the final decree of its canonical status as a public association of the faithful.


The mission of the NCCW and the NHDCCW is carried out through the work of its commissions. Each commission under the direction of a commission chair works to educate about issues of concerns of the Catholic women, and empower women to respond in faith and with justice and compassion.

The commission works to provide the opportunity for women without any prior organizational experience to develop confidence, organizational competence, sensitivity to the needs of others and opportunities to know and use the resources of the Church and society.

Each year the commissions provide an awareness workshop session for all Catholic women to learn about specific issues. It also provides two breakfast prayer sessions, one in Advent and another in Lent.

  • Church Commission: The aim of the Church commission is to create a community that is educated and dynamic. It offers means to enhance public and private prayer, promotes sound liturgical practice that is sensitive to the cultural diversity of the Church, and provides resources for spiritual nourishment and development of the faith community.
  • International Commission: This commission promotes responsibility for the world community through the conviction that our wealth and resources must be shared with all people. It creates global solidarity with the poor especially women and children throughout the world. ( Relation to Catholic Relief Service Programs.)
  • Family & Community Commission: This commission supports and enhances the importance of family life within the Church and society. It engages its members to address the needs and concerns of the poor in their own community. It addresses the pro-life issues of our society. (USCCB)
  • Legislation Commission: This commission provides information on both state and federal legislation that requires a response from the Catholic Community. (USCCB advocacy)


How can I join the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women as an individual member? The new drive is not for parish groups but individual membership.

To become a member, please complete the registration form along with $75.00 to:

Helene Beauregard
69 Pine Street
Rochester, NH 03867

The $75.00 registration fee for an individual 12- month NHDCCW membership also makes you a member of the National Council of Catholic Women and an affiliate of World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization (WUCWO):

Membership helps you:

  • Grow spiritually
  • Understand Catholic Social Teaching
  • Advocate for a culture of life
  • Promote moral solutions to societal ills
  • Nurture family, faith and values
  • Receive a copy of the bi/monthly magazine Catholic Woman

Mass is offered each month at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, NH for the intentions of the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. All intentions are remembered for one year. If you have someone you would like to enroll to be among those who will be remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered each month at St. Joseph Cathedral, please fill out the Prayer Request Form on-line and mail it to the address indicated on the form. A card stating your intention will be sent to you.

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For more information, please contact:
Mary Ellen Mahon
Cabinet Secretary for Cathoilc Formation
(603) 663-0159

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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