The Woman and Youth of the Year Recognition Day for 2021 has been cancelled.

Dear Pastors and Presidents,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In a special-called meeting of the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women board of directors, on Saturday, January 2, 2021, a difficult consensus was reached to cancel the Woman of the Year/Youth of the year Recognition Day for 2021, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2021. This decision was reached after discussion of several options, including a Livestream Mass from the Chancery at which no honorees could be physically present to receive their certificates. Ultimately, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we felt this would not best represent the way we all feel about this annual event that has become a highlight of our calendar each year.

We are requesting that each parish select their honorees and present them to their own congregation at a Mass of their choice within the Season of Lent as best suits the scheduling of their own church calendar. If you choose to do this, we request that you please submit the names of your chosen honorees to AACCW so that we can publish their names/parish names in our summer edition of The Messenger, our quarterly newsletter and on our website. The names should be mailed to Peggy Ballou 3296 Sir Henry St. East Point, GA 30344 or emailed to

While it saddens us to make this decision, we recognize that many of the Parish Councils of Catholic Women have been unable to meet during this time of pandemic restrictions. We pray that by 2022 we will have progressed to a place of “new normal” and can return to our traditional Recognition Day Mass to honor those among us who have served their parishes and communities so selflessly.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact Vicky at (360) 632-8871 or Cynthia at (678) 772-1697.


Cynthia Simien
President, AACCW

Our organization was formally established by Bishop Francis Hyland in 1957, and became known as the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW).

On February 21, 1962, Atlanta was elevated to the status of an Archdiocese and we then became known as the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (AACCW)

The boundaries of our organization correspond to the boundaries of the Atlanta Archdiocese, which include the 69 counties of North Georgia and extend just over the border to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee.

By Archdiocesan decree, all Catholic women living in the Atlanta Archdiocese are automatically members of the AACCW.

AACCW Purpose

To serve as a channel through which the Catholic women of our Archdiocese, in harmony with church teachings, might utilize their unique talents in service to God by service to their fellow man and thus through Christian witnessing, win souls to Christ.


To give the Catholic women of our archdiocese a common voice and to be an instrument for united action in matters affecting our Catholic/Christian principles.

To insure proper recognition and representation of Catholic/Christian principles when addressing committees and problems of local, national and international importance.

To stimulate the work of existing Catholic women groups to greater service and usefulness in meeting the needs of our times.

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