Honored Women of the Diocese


The Board of the ECW Chicago asked each parish for one nomination to celebrate the women of the diocese.  Nominations were received and a panel was formed to choose the Distinguished Woman of the Diocese of Chicago.  Angelea E. Watkins of Messiah-St. Bartholomew, Chicago was chosen to represent the Diocese of Chicago as a delegate to Triennial and she was honored during a luncheon held at the Triennial Convention in Austin, Texas, in July 2018.


All of our Honored Women and their rector were invited to a special celebration during our annual meeting, April 28, 2018.


Angela E. Watkins profile.pdf
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Honored Women booklet 2018.pdf
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Repair & Replace

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. Funds from our endowment were used to pay for the restoration of the Chicago Diocese cushion.


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.

Wanda Norris of St. Thomas, Chicago was awarded the Phoebe Griswold Grant during the Diocesan Convention. Wanda is following the Biblical imperative that our bodies are a temple and her Spiritual Fitness program for girls ages 6 – 16 will meet throughout the year in sessions that will help improve the girls physically through yoga, spiritually through scripture association and psychologically through mentoring and coaching.

2018 Phoebe Griswold Grant application f[...]
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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. 

This year, we are pleased to honor the women of Grace Church in Pontiac.  Led by Marie Pulliam (left), the women of Grace are forming a support group for families and friends who have lost a loved one to opioid addiction.  Their goal is to not only reach out to the community of Pontiac, but to provide a template for other churches who would like to provide this much-needed program.

2018 Recognition Grant application form.[...]
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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 Diocesan Convention.  Submit articles and photos to The Mirror newsletter sharing the news about what the women in your church knit and for whom they knit.

weRead    Women Episcopalians Read     

Sharing books of interest for readers and book groups.



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 2017 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)


Bishop's Discretionary Fund


Episcopal Charities

     Bishop Anderson House

     Waukegan to College

     St. Augustine College


Episcopal Relief and Development - hurricane relief



Campus Ministries

     Brent House, University of Chicago

     Canterbury House, Northwestern University

     Grace Place, Northern Illinois University

     South Loop Campus Ministry, Chicago

     Western Illinois University


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


Night Ministry


TELA Women - outreach to women in San Salvador





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