FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New leadership to advance National Catholic Sisters Week

A new chapter is beginning for National Catholic Sisters Week as it transitions to new leadership under the Communicators for Women Religious. The transfer will take place in early September. Information regarding the celebration of NCSW 2020 will be available from CWR in mid to late October. 

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The idea of a “National Catholic Sisters Week”, to be held each year in March as part of Women’s History Month, was envisioned by Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, in 2013. The creative and diligent work of Sister Andrea Lee, IHM, along with generous funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, made that vision a reality which has flourished over the past six years. Since it was first celebrated in 2014, NCSW has garnered broad grassroots support throughout the U.S. Church. More than 500 events across the country were held during the 2019 celebration to raise awareness of women religious, honoring their legacy and recognizing their ongoing influence.

Headquartered in Chicago, the Communicators for Women Religious have been longtime allies of National Catholic Sisters Week and are invested in its future. CWR intends to take NCSW global, tapping into its wide-ranging network of Catholic Sisters around the world. In addition to coordinating NCSW in 2020, CWR will begin a process of discernment to seek input from participants and community partners to determine other ways the initiative can grow in the future.

“CWR is a natural fit and we’re grateful for their commitment to move National Catholic Sisters Week forward and build on the good work that’s been done in the last six years,” said Sister Ann Oestreich, IHM, National Coordinator of the National Catholic Sisters Project. “We have great confidence in them and are excited for NCSW to develop a broader reach.”

NCSW dovetails with CWR’s commitment to enhancing the image of women religious, and communicating and advancing their mission.

“We’re excited to take on National Catholic Sisters Week and hope it will continue to flourish,” said Executive Director Nick Schafer. “For 25 years, CWR has been dedicated to helping women religious share their stories and introduce an authentic representation of religious life into the public sphere. This initiative is another dynamic way for us to continue that work and illustrate the richness that Catholic Sisters bring to the people and communities that they serve.”

Specific program information for National Catholic Sisters Week 2020 will be forth- coming in mid to late October. Those interested in participation or learning more can visit

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About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.