DCCW: Charities

The Madonna Plan and Catholic Relief Services 

Every May the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW)  of the Diocese of Steubenville takes up a collection for The Madonna Plan through its parish CWC units. For many years, the DCCW has worked to help the Madonna Plan through the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS.) The Madonna Plan is intended to “empower women by improving the well-being of mothers and expectant mothers through projects in the area of health, education, and financial security,” according to a statement released by CRS. Any parishioners in churches in the Diocese of Steubenville may give donations for the Madonna Plan through their respective CWC members or by forwarding a check (payable to Steubenville DCCW)  directly to DeDe Kidder,, DCCW Treasurer, at P.O.Box 31, toronto, Ohio 43964.  The funds are then transmitted to CRS for the Madonna Plan.  Since 2011, our donations to the Madonna Plan total $26,209.34.  In 2016, DCCW received $3,647.91 from the parish CWC units for this purpose.

Visit the web site for Catholic Relief Services for more information about the Madonna Plan.  www.crs.org/NCCW.org

Free-Will Collection

Archdiocese of Cusco (Peru)

Every January, on a Sunday convenient to the local parish, members of the Catholic Woman’s Club collect free-will donations for the residents of St. Francis of Assisi Senior Care Center (Centro Gerentologico), a care facility for the abandoned and elderly in the Archdiocese of Cusco (Peru.)  The Archdiocese of Cusco (Peru), located in the Andes Mountains, celebrated its 475th anniversary in 2012, and is the sister diocese of the Diocese of Steubenville. This relationship between the dioceses was established by the late Bishop Albert Ottenweller, second bishop of the Diocese of Steubenville, and was renewed by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. In 2007, Steubenville DCCW adopted a project for the residents of the St. Francis of Assisi Senior Care Center of the Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly and, since then, has collected $34,680.50 for the residents of this facility. Moneys are wire transferred to the Archdiocese through Father Paul Hrezo.  DCCW donations have given The Little Sisters of the Abandoned Elderly funds to purchase a large rising oven and upgrade their kitchen; renovate the rooms for the residents of Centro Gerentologico; replace the roof on one of the residents' buildings and painting in 2014; purchase new cots and clothing lockers for the residents in 2015 and 2016, and remodel residents bathrooms in 2016 and 2017, along with additional roof repair.  Father Hrezo visited Cusco in Summer 2016.

Cross International Catholic Outreach

Delivering Food, Shelter, and Hope to the Poorest of the Poor

Cross Catholic Outreach in Partnership with the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)

The Steubenville DCCW supports Women for Life in the Campaign for Human Dignity through donations to Cross Catholic Outreach.  The parish CWC units in our diocese have the opportunity to help needy women around the world by designating that some of their annual May collection sponsored by DCCW be given to Cross Catholic.  Their projects include Fighting Human Trafficking and educating and feeding needy families in Haiti, upholding the Sanctity of Life and rescuing starving children in Guatemala.  One hundred percent of the proceeds of this appeal will be used for these projects.  NO administrative fees are retained by Cross Catholic.  All moneys go directly toward the projects.  Since 2012, DCCW has sent $3,384.21 to Cross Catholic Outreach.  The CWC units of the diocese are urged to allocate some of their donations to this worthy cause.  Donations should be sent to DCCW Treasurer DeDe Kidder, P.O.Box 31, Toronto, OH 43964, who will forward them to Cross Catholic on behalf of Steubenville DCCW.  Checks are to be made payable to Steubenville DCCW.

For more information about Cross Catholic Outreach -- Women Helping Women -- go to their website:  www.CrossCatholic.org/NCCW.