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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.

Why gun Violence is a Religious Problem 

By the Very Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the National Cathedral


A reprint of an article published in Cathedral Age, March 2016





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2018 Calendar

March 16-18

Diocese of Springfield

Lenten Retreat

Celtic Spirituality

Todd Hall Retreat Center

Columbia, IL


Register by March 1


April 13-15

Province V

Gathering of Women

Seeds of Hope

DeKoven Retreat Center

Racine, WI



April 28

ECW Chicago

Gathering of Women

Called to Lead  

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


Province V

Gathering of Women


Seeds of Hope


April 13-15, 2018


Dekoven Retreat Center

Racine, WI


The women of the region, Province V, are gathering for their annual meeting with workshops and featured speakers.


Our keynote presenter is Angela Smith who holds a Master's in Peace Studies and served as a delegate to the UN Committee on the Status of Women in 2017 representing the Diocese of Western Kansas.  Angela's session   

is titled "Hope for the Community and the World”. 


Registration Details  

Diocese of Chicago

Gathering of Women


Called to Lead


April 28, 2018


St. James 

West Dundee



All women from across the Diocese are invited to attend this conference on women's leadership.  Our Honored Women from our parishes and our Distinguished Woman, Angela E. Watkins  will be honored during our Eucharist.


Registration and lunch is $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Registration details will be posted soon.




Gathering details













Honored Women of the Diocese


Wonderful, dedicated women were nominated as the Honored Woman from churches across the Diocese.  From this excellent group of women, the ECW Distinguished Woman was chosen.  This 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. 


We are pleased to announce that Angela E. Watkins is our Distinguished Woman.  Angela and all of these leaders will be honored at our annual gathering at St. James, West Dundee on April 28.


Angela E. Watkins profile



United Thank Offering


Grateful hearts are thankful hearts.


It's time to place your UTO ingathering on your parish calendar!  Support this national church initiative to support programs throughout the Episcopal Church. 


For further information about the United Thank Offering, please see their website.


For questions about the UTO in the Diocese of Chicago, please contact


Helen Mensing,

Diocesan Coordinator 









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