Honored Women of the Diocese

Nominations are due November 1, 2017


Do you know a woman at you parish who exemplifies service to her church and community?  The Board of the ECW Chicago is seeking one nomination from each parish to celebrate the women of the diocese.  After the nominations are received, a panel will choose the Distinguished Woman of the Diocese of Chicago.  She will be offered the opportunity to attend Triennial Convention in Austin, Texas, in July 2018.

Please see the documents below for further details.


Honored woman letter - Chicago 2017.pdf
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Honored woman - Chicago 2017.pdf
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Honored Woman of Chicago 2017 nomination[...]
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Repair & Replace

Help Provide for Restored Cushion at Washington National Cathedral


Washington National Cathedral has a large collection of needlepoint cushions and kneelers - number over 1500 pieces.  This enormous project began 60 years ago and continues through today.


Cushions were designed and fabricated for the Great Choir, and as all areas of the cathedral, the needlepoint has a theme.  A cushion for each domestic and foreign diocese was created and now, 60 years later, these cushions need to be restored.  The cost of each cushion is $1500.


The ECW would like to provide for this work.  Each person who donates $15 or more, will be sent a donation letter as well as have their name published at the Annual Meeting in April, 2018.  We would like to accept these donations through September 30, 2017 so that we can forward the donations to Washington by the end of the year.


Please make your check out to "ECW Chicago" and note "cushion" in the memo section.  Please mail your donation to:


St. James Commons

65 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL  60611



ECW Grants

The Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Chicago provide up to three grants each year. These grants provide support to initiatives that represent a wide variety of programs and outreach from across the diocese.


Phoebe Griswold Grant     One $1000 grant each year


The Phoebe Griswold Grant is available to any member - female or male - in the Diocese of Chicago who is developing an innovative program which provides services to women and/or families.

    Paul Goodenough was the recipient of the 2016 Phoebe Griswold Grant for instituting the Stroger Family Trauma Bereavement Group which focuses on violence prevention and trauma intervention, so that families can cope, and communities can heal in meaningful ways.  The program addresses the needs of the mothers who receive  education and encouragement about coping with trauma and in turn, provides      support to a whole family.  When the mothers meet, they create a common bond and have a greater sense of solidarity and empowerment.



2017 Phoebe Griswold Application.pdf
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ECW Recognition Grant   Up to two, $500 grants each year


The Recognition Grant is awarded to a parish women's organization which has provided excellent outreach inside or outside of their community.  Applicant organizations must be from parishes that support the ECW through the Voluntary Financial Contribution (Fair Share) program. 

In 2016, we recognized the women

of St. Paul’s by-the-Lake, Chicago, under the leadership of Judith Gramer.  Their program,

the Burmese Refugee Ministry takes a multi-faceted approach to supporting these recent immigrant families. 


     Education of the children and adults is

the first priority.  Students are enrolled in 

a school which best fits their needs, tutoring

is available and the program addresses all

their needs for school supplies and uniforms.  Parents are included in all aspects of the

school ommunications and attend con-ferences.   Medical, dental and nutritional support is also part of the ministry.  Parents are taught English and are guided through school and college application processes.  The long term goals of the ministry include teaching and guiding each family, and particularly the children, toward independence.


These grants were presented to Ms Gramer and Mr. Goodenough at the Diocesan Convention in November 2016.


2017 Recognition Grant App;ication.pdf
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Feed Our Neighbors - End Hunger in Illinois


Northern Illinois Food Bank                     Bread For the World


Chicago Food Depository                        Blessings in a Backpack


Feed My Starving Children                     Feeding America



knitogether  Supporting and connecting knitting ministries


Bring your knitting to convention.  Scarves are being collected for SoulScarves, a ministry of Grace, Chicago. 

weRead    Women Episcopalians Read     

Sharing books of interest for readers and book groups.


Lindsay Hardin Freeman   Our retreat leader at DeKoven.


Nadia Bolz-Weber   Nadia was a featured speaker at St. Ignatius, Antioch in July 2016.


      Accidental Saints:  Finding God in All the Wrong People

      Pastrix:  The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint



Annual Giving Recipients


Each year, the ECW provides grants to a number of organizations who support work with women and families.  These grants are reviewed on an annual basis, and currently, we are seeking to make our grant giving even more focused on women oriented organizations.  This is the list from the 2015 Year End Giving.


AFRECS - American Friends of the Episcopal Church in Sudan


AFEDJ -American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese in Jersalem




Archives of the Diocese of Chicago (women's Collection)


Episcopal Charities

     Bishop Anderson House

     Grace House (St. Leonard's Ministries)

     Waukegan to College


Campus Ministries

     Brent House, University of Chicago

     Canterbury House, Northwestern University

     Grace Place, Northern Illinois University

     South Loop Campus Ministry, Chicago

     Western Illinois University


Diocese of Renk, South Sudan - women's ministries, scholarships


Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans - Tammy's Trace (women's housing)


Night Ministry





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