Spiritual Formation Programs and Organizations

The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) has started a monthly rosary call-in event.   On the 13th of every month at 8:00 p.m. (EST), call (515)739-1261, access code 703993# to join women nationwide in prayer.  

1.  If you join the call after the start time, please do not announce yourself despite the instruction to do so.
2.  When you join the call, please mute your phone by pressing *6.  You can take the phone off mute if you wish to speak by pressing *6 again.

The Catholic Women's Forum is an outreach of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.’s premier institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy.  The Catholic Women’s Forum helps shape conversations in the Church and in the culture—about marriage and family, gender and sexuality, the role of women, religious liberty, and the dignity of human life—through expert commentary, presentations, scholarly articles, and in national and international conferences. The Catholic Women's Forum has an active schedule of events to engage topics highly relevant to Church concerns. Its annual Symposium develops, in accord with Church teachings, new insights and proposals to further the Church’s evangelizing mission. Our participants share their expertise with Church leaders and at national and international conferences, in service to the Church.

Recent articles published by the Catholic Women's Forum include:
Luma Simms’ moving piece “Caring for our own: An immigrant’s view of elder care,” challenges us to love our elderly family members in new ways.
Marguerite Duane, MD, who brings the facts about fertility awareness and holistic women’s health care to medical schools, makes the case that contraception is not “pro-woman” health care. Read “Stop denying Science. Birth control isn’t necessary for women’s health.”
Margot Cleveland provides spot on analysis of the latest developments in legal cases and abortion, including challenges to laws prohibiting dismemberment abortion. (They really want to defend that?) Read her work here and here.
If all the talk in the Church about “Conscience” has you wondering about what it all means, then Villanova theologian Jessica Murdoch has a short video that will help! Watch here.

Women Speak For Themselves is a national grassroots movement empowering women to speak in media, local communities and online, about how women are disadvantaged respecting dating and marriage, especially because of contraception and abortion, and about how toreconnect sex with marriage and children for the good of all people.

Walking with Purpose is a Catholic women’s Bible study that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Endow is a study-guide based program designed to help women grow in knowledge, experience and encounter who they are, discover their purpose and share with each other so they might go forth, presenting themselves renewed, full of life and hope, to the people around them.

To view Mondays with Endow videos, click here.

Dynamic Catholic provides internet-based resources as well as access to personal interactive resources that can help individuals begin a spiritual journey.

Do you want to grow spiritually, but have difficulty making time?   Try the 2minutes2virtue challenge.

If you’re spiritual life has become lackluster, check out Plan of LifeHabits to Help You Grow Closer to God, by Fr. Roger Landry, an incredible priest and preacher from the Diocese of Fall River, MA. Fr. Landry now works for the Holy See’s Mission to the United Nations.

Family Support and Enrichment:

Do you want to improve your relationship with your husband?  Find resources by clicking here.

Witness to Love, now being used in 70 dioceses across four countries is a marriage program developed by Mary Rose Verret and her husband, Ryan.  To learn more about Witness to Love, click here.

if you are looking for advice on the home front, check out these refreshingly honest (and practical) articles on family life by Aleteia writer Leigh Fitzpatrick Snead.  She covers nitty gritty topics like “Traveling with kids,” “Party gifts,” and “Date nights at home.” 

Another beautiful witness to family life comes from the recent USCCB “Made for Love” Podcast, by host Sara Perla in which she highlights the abounding “Love in Adoption,” with guest Deborah Savage.

Living Advent is a resource designed to help Christian families more fully celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons.   

Useful Websites for Catholics:

EWTN refers to the Eternal Word Television Network, a multi-media resource for people who want to learn more about the Catholic faith, its prayers, liturgies, and teachings.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church conveys the essential and fundamental content of Catholic faith and morals in a complete and summary way.

The official website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides abundant information and resources related to the Catholic Church nationally.

Countless resources can also be found on the Vatican website.

If you are interested in formally studying the Catholic faith, Catholic Distance University may be a valuable resource.