Since the mid 1970’s it has been a tradition to honor a woman of St. James Parish as Woman of the Year. This is an official program of the Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women/39th annual Woman of the Year Mass and Luncheon at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Joliet on Saturday, April 29th with Most Rev. Joseph M. Siegel officiating along with priests of the diocese. Women from all over our diocese gather and the Women of the Year are presented a certificate by the Bishop during the Mass.


Since every woman of St. James the Apostle Parish is considered a member of our Council of Catholic Women, we ask each of you to please prayerfully consider whom you wish to nominate the honor of being our 2017 Woman of the Year. Criteria to use when selecting that woman should be:

 1) Serves our church community in ways that surpass the usual and uniquely raises the bar;

2) Demonstrates Christian love and behaves in unselfish ways;

3) Performs works of charity;

4) Has a reverence for life;

5) Has a great impact on your life of faith; and

6) Is a registered member of St. James the Apostle Parish and supports the works of CCW


For a nomination form you may print at home and submit, please click here.


Please send your completed form in by Sunday, March 19th. Please place it in an envelope, label it: WOY 2017, and mail it to the Parish Ministry Center (WOY c/o St. James the Apostle, 480 S. Park Blvd. Glen Ellyn, IL 60137), deliver it by hand to the Parish Ministry Center, or simply drop it in the collection basket. Nominations will be kept confidential and may only be submitted by women who are registered members of St. James Parish. A CCW Committee will prayerfully discern which woman is to  receive the award from the nominations received.