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.

PCM Scholarships (2023) for Graduating High School Seniors

The Praying College Moms are excited to offer two $750 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. These scholarships are for young Catholic men and women who reflect our faith and have lived it exceptionally. The application is available in the link below. 

The completed application and letters of recommendation are to be returned to by the deadline of July 15, 2023.  

PCM Scholarship Application 2023
Application for the PCM Scholarships for graduating high school seniors. Submittal deadline is July 15, 2023.
PCM Scholarship Application 2023.docx
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Upcoming Events 

Check PCM Events for additional information

Weekly PCM Rosary 

Weekly: Mondays at 7:00 pm ET through ZOOM.

While we are social distancing, we still join together virtually in prayer by offering a Holy Rosary for our young adults, ages 17 to 27, friends, caregivers, school administrators and teachers, and families. We pray for their moral strength, good mental and physical health, successful support and strengthening of their Faith. We hold over 600 young adults in our hearts as we pray.
Rowena to receive the Zoom meeting information. Note: A new Zoom link is provided each week. 

THE HOLY 14 SAINTS TO PRAY TO FOR PROTECTION FROM COVID-19:  The collect for their feast in the Missal of Bamberg reads: “Almighty and merciful God, who didst adorn Thy Saints George, Blase, Erasmus, Pantaleon, Vitus, Christopher, Denis, Cyriacus, Acacius, Eustace, Giles, Margaret, Barbara and Catherine with special privileges above all others, so that all who in their necessities implore their help, according to the grace of Thy promise, may attain the salutary effect of their pleading, grant to us, we beseech Thee, forgiveness of our sins, and with their merits interceding, deliver us from all adversities, and kindly hear our prayers.” For details on each of the fourteen Saints, click here: 14 Saints to Pray to for Protection from COVID-19

PCM Meetings Status

The Praying College Moms Parish Groups throughout the Northern Virginia area have continued their monthly meetings via Zoom. Despite the COVID 19 distance factor, we are blessed with a sense of solidity, confraternity, and support as we minister and pray in these Pandemic times.

Some groups are focused on saying the Rosary, for the health and well being of their families, their parish, and the world. Other groups use the time together to discuss predetermined topics of relevance in their lives, and the lives of their young adults, followed by personal intentions and prayer. Yet others  are reading and sharing chapters from Maribeth Harper's book: "...And So We Pray: Guidance for Moms with College-Aged Young Adults", ending with intentions and prayer.

For four Sunday afternoons, in late February through March 2021, a weekly Zoom Seminar "The Understanding and Practice of Contemplative Prayer in Everyday Life" was offered by Frances Chamberlin, OCDS (St. Mark Parishioner), to Moms who had attended the January 2021 PCM Seminar on 'Divine Trust.' Each session embraced 'how to'  pray contemplatively, with progressive instruction, practice, and time for questions and answers.  Brighter faces and more peaceful hearts emerged each Sunday at the end these sessions! The sessions will continue weekly, as requested, and will be open to new participants. Please contact Frances Chamberlin for more information.

Frances Chamberlin, OCDS, Seminar on Divine Trust

The WINGS, a Women’s prayer group from a parish in California, requested PCM’s Frances Chamberlin to give the PCM Zoom Seminar on ‘Divine Trust’ with a Lenten theme.  On March 25, 2021, thirty-five women of all ages participated in the seminar with Frances.  Following Frances’ talk, there were group break-out sessions with questions.  One question that provoked much lively conversation was “God has given us all thorns in our lives. Why don’t we let God just take care of them?”  Frances’ seminar was warmly received.

. . . And So We Pray Blog

Author Maribeth Harper shares her 'And So We Pray' Blog which is full of timely guidance for Moms with College Age Adults. Maribeth is the author of the PCM . . .And So We Pray books.

And So We Pray Blog 


**Read Maribeth's article (August 2020) regarding '10 Weeks to Joy' at Maribeth Harper's Blog


How to Start a PCM Parish Group

Check out this new video of 'How to Start A PCM Parish Group' - hosted by Frances Chamberlin:

Thanks to Gabriel Ridout for taking and editing the video!


. . .  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 foreward 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

Praying College Moms will not be offering its annual PCM Catholic Care packages for college students in 2021.

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):

November 2022 Harmony



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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