ECW Episcopal Church Women

 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.

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.

Upcoming ECW Events:


August 26, 2020 @ 5:30 p.m.:

Connections: A Conversation with Our Bishop

Our new bishop, the Rt. Rev. Deon Johnson, joins us to discuss his vision and mission for our diocese. What part will we play in the hopes and dreams of our common life? In this challenging time, how do we rise to the work of serving Christ in others?

Grab your favorite snack and beverage and join us for this conversation with the bishop and small group discussion. 

All women in the Diocese of Missouri are invited!

Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:

After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email with the meeting link. 

Download an event flyer 


August, 2020:

UTO Gratitude Luncheon

This new event will honor the women of our churches who work so diligently in promoting United Thank Offering in their own parishes. More information will be announced soon.


October, 2020:
Retreat/Annual Meeting

We are tentatively planning our annual meeting and retreat at Christ Church in Rolla. More information will be announced soon. 



More Info

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