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What is National Catholic Sisters Week?

NCSW is an annual celebration that takes place from March 8–14. Created to honor women religious, it is a series of events that instruct, enlighten, and bring greater focus to the lives of these incredible women. It’s our chance to recognize all they have done for us. It’s also our hope that as more young women learn about women religious, more will choose to follow their example.

National Catholic Sisters Week is supported by a $3.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is headquartered at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., and is held in conjunction with National Women’s History Month.

Who are Women Religious?

They serve God through a diversity of ministries. Some live cloistered lives in contemplative prayer, while others work on the frontlines of global change, striving to improve various aspects of society, from environmental change to healthcare reform to human rights issues. All find ways to make the world a better place. They may have had a positive impact in your life through their work in your community, even if you didn’t know they were women religious. We invite you to learn more and get to know the sisters near you!

Our history.

It began in 2014 as part of National Women’s History Month. The inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week was held March 8–14, with the highlight being the NCSW Sister/Student conference drawing more than 50 pairs of Catholic sisters and college students across the country to St. Catherine University and engaging hundreds more online, shining a national spotlight on Catholic sisters and raising awareness of their profound influence on young women.

A highlight of the weekend was SisterStories, a storytelling event hosted by acclaimed broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien and produced by The Moth Radio Hour, the national public radio show that won a Peabody Award in 2010.

“National Catholic Sisters Week was a sweeping success,” says Co-executive Director Sister Mary Soher, OP. “Among the sisters there was such a claiming of sisterhood. There really is this sense that we are all sisters working in the mission of Christ. The college students who got involved were delightful. They found such peer support among other young women who also have this hunger to learn more about sisters.”

We want you to be part of this living history.

National Catholic Sisters Week continues to grow. Every year there’s more excitement and even more events. You can join the celebration in many ways: attending events, planning your own event, or sharing your story at SisterStory.

If you’d like to learn more or would like to write a story about NCSW, email us at: