About

Our Mission:

To support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service; and respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.

Commissions

The mission of GIDCCW is carried out through our three commissions:

Spirituality

The Spirituality Commission reinforces faith and supports service to the Church and to the world through discipleship and spiritual growth; and encourages legislative advocacy at the local, state, and national levels, guided by Catholic social teaching.

Leadership

The Leadership Commission provides organization development, opportunities for training, as well as public relations resources, and publications to strengthen leadership. The 2023-25 focus is on membership. 

Service

The Service Commission engages the members of NCCW, and all people, in working to address the needs and concerns of their individual communities; and supports and enhances family life within the Church and society. 

Affiliations

The Grand Island Diocese Council of Catholic Women is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW), founded in 1920, and consists of thousands of Catholic women and affiliated Catholic women’s organizations in parishes and dioceses throughout the United States.

NCCW is a member of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), which is recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). WUCWO’s aim is to promote the presence, participation and co-responsibility of Catholic women in society and the Church, in order to enable them to fulfil their mission of evangelization and to work for human development.

Grand Island Diocese

Deaneries in the Diocese

We are divided into four deaneries:  Alliance, North Platte, Kearney, and Grand Island. Click on the map to find parishes of the diocese, their addresses, information, and Mass times.

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Diocese Board of Directors

Our diocese Council of Catholic women is lead by a board of directors.
Each deanery also has elected officers.

SPIRITUAL ADVISOR

Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt

DIOCESAN ADVISOR

Rev. Vijumon Choorackal

PRESIDENT

Darleen Schulte

PRESIDENT-ELECT

Sandy Eggert

VICE PRESIDENT

Sheryl Perkins

SECRETARY

Julie Gehrig

TREASURER

Sharon Swett

HISTORIAN

Deb Eschliman

PARLIAMENTARIAN

Marylin Ericksen

Commission Leadership

SPIRITUALITY CHAIR

Judy Schwartz

SPIRITUALITY CO-CHAIR

Vicki Harvey

SERVICE CHAIR

Loretta Hamilton

SERVICE CO-CHAIR

DeAnn Morse

LEADERSHIP CHAIR

Deb Kearns

diocese documents

Deanery Leadership

Alliance

Spiritual Advisor –
President –
Vice President –
Secretary/Treasurer –
Service –
Spirituality –
Leadership –

North Platte

Spiritual Advisor – Rev. Lou Nollette
President – Cindy Dunbar
Vice President – vacant
Secretary – Justina Benscoter
Treasurer – Marie Young
Service – Loretta Hamilton
Spirituality – DeAnn Morse
Leadership – Sherry Weatherly

Grand Island

Spiritual Advisor – Fr. Dave Rykwalder
President – Vicki Harvey
Vice President – Liz Gonzalez
Secretary/Treasurer – Dee Tenski
Service – vacant
Spirituality – Annie Kowalski
Leadership – vacant

Kearney

Spiritual Advisor – vacant
President – Kellie Crowell
Vice President – Imelda Gressley
Secretary – Denise Ourada
Treasurer – Pat Loeffelholz
Service – Annette Gallaway
Spirituality – Frances Kaslon
Leadership – Evelyn Stittle

Newsletters

Spring Assembly 2024

Spring Assembly 2024

Back Row (left to right): Julie Gehrig, Sharon Swett, Father Lou Nollette, Father Vijumon, Father Dave Rykwalter, Deb Kearns, Marylin Ericksen. Front Row: Cheryl Perkins, Sandy Eggert, Bishop Hannefelt, Darleen Schulte, Judy Schwartz, Loretta HamiltonIgniting Holiness...

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March 2024 Newsletter

March 2024 Newsletter

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.      Matthew 6:33 FROM THE PRESIDENT:     Darleen Schulte Spring brings life and new growth and this is our hope for Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  Our future is our families and especially our children.  We...

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