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ACCW President

Catholic Women Nurturing Faith, Diversity, and Service.”
A Message from our President

The Chicago Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) is an affiliate organization of the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW).  Our organization has been a resource for all Catholic Women’s groups in the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1931.  

The organization under the Archdiocese of Chicago, and with the help of our Cardinal, Bishops, Priests, and the different rings of council assist us in accomplishing our mission statement to educate and empower women in Spiritually, Leadership, and Service.  Catholic women in their parishes, deaneries, vicariates, NCCW and WUCWO come together in partnership with the mission of spirituality, leadership and service.  I am inspired by the dedication and hard work of the ladies of the Archdiocese of Chicago as the events and the activities of the next year unfold.  They have many gifts and talents that are shared throughout the diocese.  May we continue to shine and be a voice for Catholic women in our diocese, in our cities and in the world.

“Let us be a nurturing spirit to one another."


Please feel free to contact the office any time at 312-534-8325/8330 or e-mail me at stravillion@archchicago.org.

Sheila R. Travillion, ACCW President

ACCW Spiritual Advisor


Rev. John W. Clemens,

ACCW Spiritual Advisor

    Rev. John Clemens was born November 26, 1946 to Viola and Clarence Clemens. He attended St. Timothy and St. Hilary grammar schools in Chicago and entered Quigley in 1960. He attended Niles College Seminary and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and was ordained on May 10, 1972. His Diaconate assignment was at Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein and St. James in Arlington Heights.


    His first assignment as a priest was at St. Damian in Oak Forest. He next served at St. Agnes in Chicago Heights. During his assignment at St. Agnes as Associate Pastor, Fr. Clemens was appointed Associate Director of the Office of Religious Education, a position he held for 8 years. After moving to St. Gregory the Great as a resident, he was named pastor for 13 years. After a Sabbatical at CTU, Fr. Clemens was elected to the full time position on the Priests' Placement Board with residency at St. Benedict on Irving Park. Fr. Clemens has served on many boards of the Archdiocese including the ACP, the Schools Office, and has served three terms on the Presbyteral Council.


    He has worked as a Spiritual Director for the Cursillo movement in Chicago~ The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Movement, CRHP, Chicago Engaged Encounter, the Assumpta Curia of the Legion of Mary, and the Aquin Guild.   Among his many parishes and diocesan activities, Fr. Clemens would list his greatest moments, as those years spent as one of the Spiritual Directors of the Search for Christian Maturity. Working with this youth-oriented retreat program, Fr. Clemens was able to touch the faith life of thousands of young people in the Archdiocese and develop lasting friendships, which are an important part of his life. One such youth was Rev. James Presta.


    Fr. Clemens’ family includes his sister Lorraine Sulhoff, nephew Mike Sulhoff and his son Tyler, James Sulhoff, wife Betty and son James, Tom Sulhoff, wife Maureen and daughter Jackie, Diana Hoppner, husband Chris and children Sam, Emily, Ben, Aaron and Zachary.  Fr. Clem is proud of his Luxembourg heritage. He is probably the only 100% Luxembourg descent Priest in the Archdiocese.  He is also an avid if not skillful golfer and a Chicago Sports Fan. He is a Card Carrying Die Hard Cub Fan.   


   Fr. Clemens is currently Pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish since July, 2008.

  Reverend John W. Clemens
  ACCW Spiritual Advisor

2014 Traveling Raffle

It's back!


ACCW Spring Report Traveling Raffle


1st Prize:  Handmade Quilt

2nd Prize:  "Cubbie'" Basket with pair of Cub Tickets

3rd Prize:  "Heavenly" Mystery Box ($50+ value)


ACCW Board Members will be selling tickets at all the Vicariate Spring Report meetings.  The drawing will be held at the last Spring Report Night on Tuesday, April 29th - Vicariate IV at St. Barbara's in Brookfield. 

Tickets are 3 for $5.