Altar Guild






ECW Ministry 


Our Vision

A community of women supporting each other in Christ-centered ministries throughout the Diocese of Chicago.

Our Mission

We seek to support all women in our parishes without restriction by creating a greater connection between us through our faith and sisterhood with programs of education and service. We ask the Lord for guidance in translating our Christian belief into action.

Board Positions


The ECW Diocesan Board of Directors is seeking new members.           Please consider your gifts and interests as you review these positions.       For questions, concerns or to volunteer, please contact Beth Petti,


Open Dioccesan Board Positions

Support the ECW


The ECW connects all women of the Diocese, and we seek your financial support to continue with this important mission.


Voluntary Financial Contribution



2017 Calendar

November 17-18

Diocesan Convention


Westin Hotel

Yorktown Center

Lombard, IL


Visit us in the Exhibit Hall and in the Maple Room for special presentations!



2018 Calendar

April 13-15

Province V Annual Meeting

DeKoven Retreat Center

Racine, WI


April 28

Annual Meeting

St. James Episcopal Church

West Dundee, IL



June 2

Altar Guild Conference

Church of the Holy Comforter

Kenilworth, IL



October 26-28

Women's Gathering &


DeKoven Retreat Center

Racine, WI





Nuturing the Spirit: Women's Spirituality Through the Ages


Women's Fall Gathering & Retreat


October 27-29


DeKoven     Retreat Center

Racine, WI


See photographs of this year's event and other support materials: retreat


Honored Women of the Diocese 


The ECW Distinguished Woman recognition is given every three years at the ECW Triennial, to be held in July 2018 in conjunction with the General Convention in Austin, Texas. 


Nominations are now closed.  the profiles of this year's nominees will be published December 1 and the Distinguished Woman will be announced by December 31.















Connect and Be Heard


Your ECW board met in June to discuss future plans for our organization. One initiative is to ask women across the diocese what they know about the ECW. The ministry of the ECW is to connect and support the women of the Episcopal Church in their missions and ministries. Let us know what you think when we call.


 If you would like to share your opinion, please write to: membership@


Members of the board are available to discuss the ECW with the women of your church.  Please contact President Beth Petti for available dates:  president@


United Thank Offering


Grateful hearts are thankful hearts.  


Please foward your thank offerings to:


UTO Diocesan Coordinator


St. James Commons

65 East Huron St.

Chicago, IL  60611


Please combine all offerings and draft one check for your gift to UTO, made payable to:


United Thank Offering


Helen Mensing,

Diocesan Coordinator


Please contact Helen if you would like a presentation or more information about the United Thank Offering:  uto@




The Mirror


The Mirror is published 6 times each year beginning in January.  Print and electronic versions are available.


To subscribe. contact the editor by email:  editor@ 

or write to the editor and mail it to:


Mirror Editor


St. James Commons

65 East Huron St.

Chicago 60611


Submission of articles, event announcements or photographs are always welcome!


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