I am pleased to announce that Sunday, April 23, 2023, is Archdiocesan Council of Catholic
Women (ACCW) Sunday. This date has been chosen for its proximity to the feast day of Our
Lady of Good Counsel, the patroness for the Council of Catholic Women.
I would encourage all parishes to celebrate by recognizing and taking up a collection for the
ACCW. Some parishes have an envelope for this collection as part of their yearly envelopes,
and others do not, and a few parishes have never scheduled an opportunity for women to
The ACCW supports the goals of the Archbishop by empowering and educating all Catholic
women in spirituality, leadership, and service. This mission can be recognized in the ACCW
sponsorship of the Beauty in Christ Women’s Conference, support for our seminarians, newly
ordained priests and other religious, an annual retreat day, and coordination of numerous
Thank you for your continued support of the Dubuque Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Michael O. Jackels
Archbishop of Dubuque