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March8–14

Catholic Sisters Week – March 8-14, 2023

Catholic Sisters Week is celebrated every March 8 to 14 during Women’s History Month. Catholic Sisters Week is a celebration that commenced in March 2014 during women’s history month to honor religious catholic women and remember Catholic sisters that have passed away. The celebration includes a series of events that educate, inform, and highlight the lives of Catholic sisters. Recognition is given for their tireless effort and sacrifices. The celebration also acts as a means to educate and encourage young girls about these religious women and to follow in their footsteps.

History of Catholic Sisters Week

Catholic Sisters Week shines a light on the spirituality, mission, and community building of women religious. Catholic Sisters Week (CSW) is celebrated every March 8 to 14 during women’s history month.

Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope… and more. But for one week, March 8-14, we shine the spotlight on women religious and encourage a wide range of campaigns and events.

There is a role for everyone in Catholic Sisters Week: individuals, groups and organizations, families, parishes, schools and universities. Let the ideas below ignite your creativity—whether you’re able to plan and publicize a large-scale on-site event in your area, support a congregation’s work with a collection, create a virtual event on your community’s website or simply give a shout-out on social media in support of the life and mission of Catholic sisters, your participation is vital.
Catholic Sisters Week is a celebration that commenced in March 2014 to honor and celebrate the lives and legacies of Catholic sisters. Recognition is given for their tireless effort and sacrifices. The celebration also acts as a means to educate and encourage young girls about these religious women and to follow in their footsteps.

Catholic Sisters Week timeline

2014
The Inaugural Event Week

During the week of March 8 to 14, the inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week is held at St. Catherine University, Minnesota, U.S.

2015
The First Celebrations

The celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week commences.

2019
A Name Change

National Catholic Sisters Week is renamed Catholic Sisters Week to include the entire association of Catholic Sisters globally.

2019
A New Organizer

As of September, Catholic Sisters Week falls under the organization of Communicators for Women Religious direction.

Catholic Sisters Week FAQs

What do Catholic Sisters do?

Catholic sisters take part in missionary work. They also provide education and assistance to immigrants.

How many nuns are there worldwide?

By 2019, the total number of nuns in the world amounted to 31,350.

What country is predominantly Catholic?

Vatican City is a predominantly catholic country.

How to Observe Catholic Sisters Week

  1. Attend a local event

    You can share in Catholic Sisters Week by attending a local event near you. For more information, visit the Catholic Sisters Week website.

  2. Share on Social Media

    Unable to attend a local event? That’s okay! You can still participate in this event by sharing it on various social media platforms.

  3. Make Donations

    You can show your support for the Catholic Sisters by donating funds to support their endeavors. You will be helping to make a difference in the lives of many people.

5 Facts About Catholic Sisters

  1. They founded many hospitals

    Between 1866 and 1926, Catholic Sisters founded over 500 hospitals.

  2. Nuns and Catholic Sisters are Different

    Catholic Nuns and Catholic Sisters are different, Nuns live in a monastery while Catholic sisters minister in the world.

  3. There are over 700,000 Catholic Sisters

    Worldwide, there are over 700,000 active Catholic Sisters.

  4. They have no financial support

    Catholic Sisters are not financially supported by the Catholic Church.

  5. Catholic Sisters are many in India

    India has over 99,300 Catholic Sisters.

Why Catholic Sisters Week is Important

  1. A way to honor religious women

    Catholic Sisters Week honors the accomplishments and efforts of Catholic Sisters worldwide. It is an opportune time to give them a big ‘thank you’ for all they do.

  2. A way to share spirituality

    Catholic Sisters Week is used to share spirituality with Christians and non-Christians alike. It makes for a great time to share your faith with others.

  3. Source of Inspiration

    The week encourages self-reflection. It serves as an inspiration to those who are willing to serve and extend kindness, much like the Catholic Sisters.

Catholic Sisters Week dates

YearDateDay
2023March 8Wednesday
2024March 8Friday
2025March 8Saturday
2026March 8Sunday
2027March 8Monday

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