ECW Episcopal Church Women

Growing in Grace and Gratitude is the theme of this year's annual Province V Episcopal Church Women meeting. It will be held April 26-28, 2019, in Springfield, IL at the President Abraham Lincoln DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. In addition to  a business meeting, programs, and a time of fellowship and faith, we'll be celebrating the ministry of Karen Birr, former longtime president of the Diocese of Missouri ECW Board and a member of St. Barnabas' Church. Karen is the out-going  Province V ECW Board president, and the meeting's location was chosen to be close to Missouri Diocese.

Meeting Reservations


 Hotel Reservations

  • The conference will be held at the President Lincoln Hotel. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by April 10. Mention that you are registering with the Province V ECW group.
  • Each room is $120 plus tax per night. Rooms are available Thursday through Saturday. You may have up to 4 women in the room at the same rate.
  • Parking is available for a modest $7 per day at the lot next door to the hotel. The hotel is within easy walking distance of several notable buildings in Springfield, right in the city center.
  • President Abraham Lincoln Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 701 E Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701, (217) 544-8800


Saturday Events & VIP Tours

Saturday is a full day of workshops and events. Workshops are offered twice on Saturday, but in addition to the afternoon session, there is an opportunity for a tour of the Governor's Mansion and the Wright-designed Dana Thomas House. This tour must be reserved in advance and the cost, including transportation, is $20. Please include this fee with your online or printed registration.

We can also enjoy a special $10 admission to the Lincoln Presidential Library just by showing our conference badges! You do not have to reserve your tickets and the special price is available Friday through Sunday.


 Empty Bowls & Feed My Starving Children

There will be an Empty Bowls event on Saturday.  The Empty Bowls project raises awareness of food scarcity by raising funds for local food agencies. Hand-painted bowls will be displayed Saturday which will be available for a $5 suggested donation.  The funds raised through these bowls will be gifted to the Feed My Starving Children organization. 


 More information

For questions, please contact  Karen Birr, or Deborah Caby,





 About Episcopal Church Women

The Episcopal Church Women is one of our oldest church organizations and is open to all women; all women of the Episcopal Church throughout the United States are considered members of ECW.

ECW's vision statement is "To offer every woman in the Diocese of Missouri an environment of support and encouragement, education and opportunity for ministry by providing: Fellowship; Communication; Resource Materials; and Outreach to the Diocese, Nation, and World."

Diocese of Missouri ECW Board’s role is to represent all the women in our diocese; share in communication and leadership, and build support for ECW within our diocese and in the wider church.

Our mission is to offer every woman in the Diocese of Missouri an environment of support and encouragement, education and opportunity for ministry by providing: fellowship, communication, resource materials, and outreach to the diocese, nation and world.

In addtion to work we do in our parishes, we work together on common projects throughout the year and gather annually for a diocese-wide meeting. Every three years we meet as national organization, concurrently with the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.

The ECW in the Diocese of Missouri offers a scholarship for women in financial need who are members of an Episcopal congregation in the Diocese and who will be in their second year of post-high school education studying toward a degree or certificate in a field of service to others. The deadline is June 1 prior to the next academic year.

History. Episcopal Church Women were first established in 1872, then called “The Woman’s Auxiliary”. Mary Emery was hired by the Board of Missions to be in contact with all parishes and encourage women to create their own Auxiliary Missionary Society “to aid with sympathy and prayers, time labor and money to the extent of her power.” An appeal was made for a $40-a-year pledge from individual parishes. In 1958, at the 29th Triennial Meeting in Miami Beach, the name changed to the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). Today we are Episcopal church women of all ages, ethnic origins and socioeconomic backgrounds, who hold a variety of views. However, the most common view of our members is the love of God and the wish and desire to do His work.

More Info

Contact: Deborah Caby, diocesan ECW board chair
(636) 422 1210 (home), (314) 606 7577 (cell & text),