The Charlotte Catholic Women’s Group (CCWG) is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, more specifically, to foster in women a greater desire to know, love and serve Jesus Christ and His Church. As a community founded on love for each other and faithful to the Magisterium, the CCWG offers opportunities for spiritual formation, apostolic projects and social events. Membership in the Charlotte Catholic Women’s Group is open to all women who are seeking to learn more about the Catholic faith as defined by the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and who are interested in serving Christ and His Church.
The Charlotte Catholic Women’s Group was established in 2001 when a group of Catholic women began gathering regularly for mornings of reflection, spiritual direction and sacraments provided by priests. Mary Summa is the founder of CCWG and served as its president for the first 6 years.
In February 2007, a formal mission statement was crafted and in February 2008, Governing Statutes and an organizational chart of the Charlotte Catholic Women’s Group were drafted and adopted. On May 23, 2007, Most Reverend Bishop Peter Jugis granted the CCWG the designation of Private Association of the Christian Faithful. This recognition declares the mission of the association as worthy of commendation and praise. Very Reverend Roger Arnsparger is the Spiritual Director. The Code of Canon Law (CCL) 298 states “In the Church there are associations distinct from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life; in these associations the Christian faithful, whether clerics, lay persons, or clerics and lay persons together, strive in a common endeavor to foster a more perfect life, to promote public worship or Christian doctrine, or to exercise other works of the apostolate such as initiatives of evangelization, works of piety or charity, and those which animate the temporal order with a Christian spirit.” (For more information on the designation Private Association of Christian Faithful please refer to CCL Book II, Part I, Title V, Chapter I – Associations of the Christian Faithful, and Book II, Part I, Title V, Chapter III, Private Associations of the Christian Faithful.)
In April 2010, with over 150 members and a 12 member Board of Directors, the Charlotte Catholic Women’s Group incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the state of North Carolina. By-laws and revised Governing Statutes were approved and adopted in May 2010. Application for 501(c)(3) status under the USCCB Group Ruling establishing exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code was approved in January 2011.
Since 2001, the CCWG has grown from a handful of members to almost 200 and has taken on a solid structure as a non-profit corporation. As an inter-parish organization, the CCWG offers the unique opportunity to meet and grow in faith with Catholic women outside of individual parishes. St. Paul wrote that of the virtues of faith, hope and love, the greatest of these is love. More than anything else, it was founder Mary Summa’s heart-felt desire that the women of the Charlotte Catholic Women’s Group would be known, not just for their good works, but for the charity and love they showed to each other, their families and those around them– a mirror image of God’s love for them.