In 1943, CCWI was first started as Quilon Catholic Women's Association by Bishop Dr. M.Jerome Fernandez. Mrs. J.E.A. Pereira was the founder President. In 1968 QCWA affiliated to CCWI and celebrated when jubilee in the same year. In 1975 observed the first International Women's day. CCWI conducted awareness programme in Home Management in coastal areas in the year 1988 and celebrated Golden jubilee of Kerala Region of CCWI in 1994. Mrs. Thankamma Anthreper was the Regional president and Mrs. Mary Thekkayyam was the Diocesan president. The meeting was inagruated by Kollam Bishop Dr. Joseph G. Fernandez.
In 2002, CCWI Kerala Region annual meeting was held at Jyothi Nikethan College . The Diocesan President was Mrs. Jane Ancil Francis and the Diocesan Secretary was Mrs. Hilda Stephen. A symposium on the �Role of Women in the society' was held in the programme and redefining women's role in the family and community was undertaken. In 2003, CCWI conducted Medical camps on Dental care and Health and hygiene on school children.
CCWI re � organized and rejuvenated in 2004. Mrs. Jane Ancil Francis is the president and Mrs. Mable Felix is the Secretary. CCWI expanded from town areas to rural areas. Parish level units established in 70 parishes with an active membership of more than five thousand
CCWI conducted medical camps on :
Cancer and Aids had awareness programmes on matters such as (1)Women's participation in the three tier administration of local bodies (2) Primary school teachers and PTA members health awareness programme, (3) Mother's day, (4) International Women's Day.
It also held frame conference on the reorganized CCWI Diocesan administration managed by Kollam Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman
Activities to be undertaken :
All parish units to form Kudumbasree units to get financial aid for self employment programmes
To prorogate �Prathyasa' (Government sponsored programme for small scale industry)
Mrs. Elsy Laboi, Port Kollam to donate 15 cents of land of Eravipuram for six homeless families through CCWI
To help the dropout girls between 8 th and 9 th std complete their SSLC course to train them in job oriented courses like Tailoring, Embroidery etc.
To train girls in Home Nursing.
We get sincere help and co-operation from his Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Stanley Roman, Bishop of Quilon. All parish units and forane divisions are active in mobilizing more membership and taking up useful activities.