Catholic moms joined in prayer for our college-age students
Catholic moms joined in prayer for our college-age students

Welcome to Praying College Moms

Praying College Moms is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) religious organization that provides outreach and resources to mothers of college-aged children. The Praying College Moms local groups provide invaluable service in their faith communities, such as mentorship, encouragement, perspective, resources and networking with others who are going through the same experiences. In addition to our Bible study and prayer groups, we have socials and activities to deepen our friendships so our members can join together for a strength of purpose. Join us in our prayer for our college students: "They are our future and they need our united prayers that God will strengthen them and give them the grace to stand for all that is good and true on campus."


We pray for our children who are on a new journey in their lives--may they be safe and successful, living their lives with dignity and honor, being true to the values taught by their families and having the courage to share their trust in God with all those they encounter.

Thank you for your 2019 PCM Catholic Care Packages for College-age Adults orders! The Care Packages were mailed at the end of October. Thank you to our Guardian Angels who donated 21 Care Packages to be delivered to Homeless College Students.

Check back in August 2020 to order 2020 PCM Care Packages

Orders are still being accepted for Care Packages for Homeless College Students here:

ORDER/DONATE to Care Packages for Homeless College Students

Examples of comments from students regarding the 2019 PCM Care Packages:

Student (Care Package Recipient - used with permission):
Homeless College Student:  I would LOVE a package, they bring me so much joy every time. You are such kind people! Please let everyone know how grateful we all are of the packages!
Parents' comments are included HERE

Upcoming Events:  Check PCM EVENTS for additional events!


Saturday, November 9th, Praying College Moms Fall Social.   1:30pm. Paradise Winery. 13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, VA 20124.

Before the holiday rush, let’s take a moment to relax with music and fellowship and enjoy the beautiful foliage at Paradise Winery!  The Beltway Rockers will be playing, so prepare to be pumped with an irresistible mix of music through the decades (think Beatles, Neil Diamond, Beach Boys,  Herbie Hancock, Roy Orbison, Led Zeppelin, etc.). Family members age 21+ are welcome!


Please bring a snack to share. Wines will be available for purchase. You may bring your own individual bottled water or soda. Coolers, alcoholic beverages and solid color cups are not permitted.




Thursday, December 5th, Advent Praying College Moms Rosary.  7 - 8:15pm. St. Mark Catholic Church (in the Chapel) at 9970 Vale Road, Vienna, VA 22181. Please come and join together in prayer through a seasonal Holy Rosary for our young adults, ages 17-27.  We pray for their moral strength, good mental and physical health, success in studies, exams and careers and strengthening of their Faith. ALL ARE WELCOME!


Saturday, December 7th, Praying College Moms Christmas Party FUNdraiser.   12:30pm - 3:30pm. St. John Neumann Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA. Please join your fellow Praying College Moms to gather in the spirit of fun and giving to kick off the Christmas season! This year’s Christmas Party theme is “Celebrating with a Cause”.  Let’s celebrate with a holiday luncheon, carol-singing, games and prizes while also raising funds to support PCM.  Luncheon entrees, cake/dessert and beverages will be provided. Please bring a side dish. Free will cash (or check) donations at the door will be greatly appreciated.  RVSP and Details:


Sunday, December 8th, Holiday Concert.  3pm to 5pm. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW, Washington, DC 20006.  It’s time to reserve your free tickets for the PCM annual family group outing to the December Holiday Festival concert at DAR Constitution Hall! Let’s gather our families to enjoy Christmas carols, holiday classics and medleys that are sure to spread good tidings and cheer! Email Maria at to request or reserve the number of tickets for your family. Ticket requests will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.  You can pick up your tickets at the PCM Christmas Party the day before the concert, or make other arrangements with Maria if you will not be attending the party.  Tickets will be available after November 1st.

Parking around DAR is free on Sundays. Please let Maria know if you need to carpool.

Seating: First Come, First Served. Doors open as early as 1:30 PM. Arrive early to get the best seats at the orchestra level! After the concert, we will gather for our traditional group picture in front of the stage.



A Women's Retreat with Martha and Mary: Balancing Prayer with life and Seeking Joy in Jesus' Presence - Read Kathy Aquilina's reflection on the PCM February 2019 PCM Retreat (as published in Maneline, St. Mark's Catholic Community May 2019 edition): Reflection on the PCM February 2019 Retreat


. . .  And So We Pray - Guidance for Moms with College-Aged Young Adults Book

. . . And So We Pray - Guidance for Moms With College-Aged Young Adults, Praying College Moms third book in the  . . .And So We Pray series is available now in English and Spanish versions.   These books were written by Maribeth Harper and include a Forward by Rev. Paul Scalia. Do you know a mom whose child is in college? Offer her the perfect companion: And So We Pray. This book makes a great gift for moms of graduates!

...Y Ahora Oremos fué escrito con la intención de acompañar a los padres a lo largo del año escolar en su totalidad. Contiene capítulos de historias verdaderas contadas de madres para otras madres, consejos basados en la Sagrada Escritura, con preguntas para reflexionar y espacio suficiente para hacer anotaciones diarias. Ya sea que lo lea individualmente o en grupo, mi esperanza y la de Madres que Rezan por sus Hijos Universitarios ( es que puedan encontrar palabras de sabiduría y consuelo en estas páginas.



As mothers, we want to activate the most powerful weapon imaginable to help our children succeed in their college-aged years. That weapon is prayer. ...And So We Pray will help you pray in a deep and meaningful way through this time of transition by providing you with thought-provoking, faith-based, real-life applications to contemporary issues that you and your young adult may face during the exciting, and sometimes challenging, college years and beyond.


Praying College Moms App

The Praying College Moms (PCM) App is now available for download on your mobile device.

And So We Pray Book Series / Blog

". . . And So We Pray, Guidance for Moms With College-Aged Young Adults" is now available!  Author Maribeth Harper's third book in the . . . And So We Pray series, written for the Praying College Moms, helps mothers pray in a deep and meaningful way through a young adult's time of transition. Maribeth also has a Blog to share her inspirational stoiries and thoughts and to answer questions.

Events/ Volunteer

Join PCM at our monthly Rosaries and group meetings and social events.

Care Packages for Homeless College Students

PCMs prepare and deliver Care Packages to homeless college students (paid for by Guardian Angels - people who generously donate money to these deserving students).  These  students are selected by organizations dedicated to serving and supporting homeless college students. The PCM Care Packages are full of treats, useful items and fun inspiration, all blessed by our Care Package Team.

PCM Group Meeting Locations

Our groups are open to praying moms of college-age (ranging from high school students to sons/daughters working/living on their own) of all faith denominations.  Through mutual support, prayer and friendship, the groups are pillars of strength and an indispensable resource for women at this stage in life.

Start A PCM Group

If a Praying College Moms group is not in your Parish or area - We can help you with support and resources to start a group!

Sharing Grace  Through Prayer

In addition to PCM's monthly ministries and our book series, And So We Pray, we support moms in their developing prayer life. Prayer and meditation opportunities in the Northern  Virginia region, as well as prayers submitted by our moms are found on this page.  PCM is at the forefront with embracing various types of prayer practices to deepen one's prayer life.

PCM Newsletters/ Radio Announcements/ News


Resources For Parents of College Age Children and PCM Group Leaders


Looking for a perfect gift? Check out PCM Partners.

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Latest PCM Newsletter (Harmony):

PCM Harmony Newsletter (Oct 2019)



Upcoming Events:  Check PCM EVENTS for additional events! 


Contact Us

Praying College Moms

PO Box 3461, Oakton, VA  22124

Phone: 865-712-0146


Support Praying College Moms

PCM is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) public charity organization, is qualified to receive tax deductible gifts and donations and is classified as a public charity. Please support PCM in its mission to provide outreach and resources to mothers of college-aged children.

The Catholic Door offers the Praying College Moms And So We Pray Book Series and other Catholic resources: The Catholic Door

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