ECW Episcopal Church Women

Encountering God in Creation

ECW Annual Retreat
October 18-19, 2019
Marianist Retreat House, 4000 Highway 109, Eureka

Women are part of God's creation, although sometimes we feel apart from the rest of creation, or even apart from God. Between work, family, school, and our own ministries, we feel pulled in many directions and lose touch with our own center. We long to reconnect to our Creator through the other living parts of creation. 

This year's ECW retreat, led by the Rev. Leslie Scoopmire, will use scripture, music, reflection and interaction with on-site places and even nearby hiking trails to help us reconnect with our Creator and with our own creativity. 

The Rev. Leslie Scoopmire, Presenter

Mother Leslie, Rector at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Ellisville, is also and enthusiastic lover of both creation and creativity in all their forms. 

Location Details

Our retreat will take place in the peaceful setting of the Marianist Retreat House, 4000 Highway 109 outside of Eureka. The central patio spaces invite reflection and an appreciation for nature. Night and morning prayers will be outside on the patio, weather permitting. Saturday Eucharist will be held in the beautiful, intimate chapel.


Marianist has large, airy meeting and worship spaces, as well as good meals, but only 48 rooms for overnight guests. Please register early!

Cost: $75 for overnight retreaters
            $60 for commuters

CLICK HERE to register online 
contact ECW Registrar Jeanne Lucas King at 314-323-9562.

Members of the Missouri Delegation at the 2019 Province V ECW Conference
L-R Carolyn Daniels, Mary Anselmo, Jeanne King, Rev. Susie Skinner, Deborah Caby, Ginger Simmons, Peg Cooper and, seated, Karen Birr.

 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),