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The purpose of the organization is to participate in the religious, charitable, and educational Apostolates of the Church. Catholic Daughters of the Americas engages in creative and spiritual programs which provide its members with the opportunity to develop their God-given talents in meaningful ways that positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world. 1
Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all. 1
About Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Catholic Daughters of the Americas provides its members with updated programs to serve the current needs of church and country.
The programs cover a vast scope of activities beginning at the parish level and expanding into all concerns of today's church and society.
Regular meetings of the local courts are held once a month, with a minimum of 9 meetings a year.
We encourage all Catholic women, at least 18 years of age, to join the Catholic Daughters of the Americas to share their God-given talents.
On the National Level, if you have an interest in forming a court and/or obtaining more information, visit Catholic Daughters of the Americas Who / Why / What page. If you'd like information about forming a court in the state of Pennsylvania, please visit our membership page. 1
Mary, Mother of God
Helene Shepard, National Regent
Our National Regent, shared her theme for the next two years at the 56th Biennial National Convention on Saturday, July 23, 2016 and in our September Quarterly.
"I am humbled and honored by your support and confidence. I will do my best to live up to this trust. It is my hope to fulfill my motto, to "Serve the Lord with gladness" (Psalms 100:2) and to foster a true spirit of Unity and Charity among our members. I cannot do this alone, but only with your help and prayers.
The tasks ahead of us seem clear and attainable. In addition to increasing our numbers, the board will undertake the revision of the "Tools of the Trade" and make it easily accessible on the website. This will facilitate quicker and easier access of the information necessary to develop and sustain our courts.
Our challenge as a society is to bring peace and direction to a world that seems to have lost its way. We must help bring the Peace of Christ to our troubled world. In order to do so we must continue to be women of prayer and faith.
Renewed by the energy I witnessed in Pittsburgh, I am not only hopeful for the future, but proud of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. We are a presence in the world with the potential to bring about positive changes.
Again, I ask that you pray not only for me, but also for the members of the board, that our decisions will be guided by the Holy Spirit and made in the truest meaning of Unity and Charity." 5
Our Motto 3
Unity and Charity
The Catholic Church has a "Prayer for Unity of the Church" which fits our motto nicely:
Almighty and merciful God, you willed that the different nations should become one people through your Son. Grant in your kindness that those, who glory in being known as Christians, may put aside their difference and become one in truth and charity, and that all men, enlightened by the true faith, may be united in fraternal communion in the one Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 8
As you will notice by viewing this prayers footnoted reference site, Basilica.org (The Enchiridion of Indulgences), there is a partial indulgence associated with this prayer.
The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen 14 was a notable American Bishop, later an Archbishop, for his many meritorious deeds in evangelization, especially those of his television, radio, and print ministries.
At our 24th Biennial Convention in 1952 Bishop Sheen challenged us to expand throughout the world!
Spirituality and Service
They go hand and hand ... Spirituality … how we express our faith in the Lord and Service … how we express that faith in His mission. Join us today! Let's make the world a better place, together, in Unity and Charity, as sisters in faith! 15
We are ...
We are also known as CDA, C D of A, and The Order.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas is plural because we are in both North and South America. In addition, today we are around the world, as we have courts in Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Pacific Islands.
Now Canonized, Saint Teresa of Calcutta 16, fondly known as Mother Teresa 13, founder of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, spoke to an audience of Catholic Daughters in October of 1972 in Washington, D.C. to mark National Catholic Daughters Day. She asked the CDA members to continue to "give to our brothers and sisters throughout the world as if once more Jesus had come into the world cold, hungry, and alone." Through annual donations to the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa's challenge and that of Bishop Sheen are being met, as we expand into areas outside of the Americas! 2
Symbol and Colors
Our Symbol is the Cross and Crown.
Our Colors are purple, white, and gold.
We have our State logo and CDA logos in transparent .png format for use on white or color backgrounds and Mary's robe in purple. Visit our logos page to get your copies. You can also visit the National Website to get your logos!
Circle of Love
Catholic Daughters has a seven point program called "Circle of Love". These seven points are bound together by the common interest — love.
The seven points are, alphabetically: Education, Family, Leadership, Legislation, Quality of Life, Spiritual Enhancement, and Youth/JCDA. This image is symbolic of our "Circle of Love" program.
The Cross and Crown in the center of the heart is the national symbol of The Order — the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
"The seven points selected indicate the needs of the Church and community best served by the Catholic Daughters. The program itemizes these needs with suggestions on how Catholic Daughters can effectively serve." 6
In 2003 Grace DiCairano, National Regent at the time, said, "A Century in Review reminds us that despite differences in age, education, heritage, and yes, idiosyncrasies, we are family. Although separated by great distances, we are bound together by our common desire to uphold the dignity of women and defend family values." 7
Charitable ContributionsCheck out Contributions on a National Level - Shown on page 16!
Across Pennsylvania, members of our Local Courts donated to our five National Projects; the amount shown is for the two-year period June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2016:
- Habitat for Humanity $1,474.00 "Habitat for Humanity's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Our mission is to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope."
- Holy Cross Family Rosary $1,434.00 "The Family That Prays Together Stays Together"
- Labouré Society $915.00 "...exists to provide financial assistance and spiritual support ... to pursue a vocation to the priesthood and/or religious..."
- Smile Train $3,208.00 "an international children's charity ... solvable problem: cleft lip and palate."
- SOAR $1,685.00 Supporting Our Aging Religious ... began in 1986 with $25,000 seed money from Catholic Daughters. It raises funds and provides grants to help Catholic religious congregations in the United States care for their elderly and infirm members.
Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel [Right Judgment], Fortitude [Courage], Knowledge, Piety [Reverence], and Fear of the Lord [Wonder and Awe in God's Presence]. (cf.Is 11:1-2)
Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity. (cf. Gal 5:22-23)
Christians do not make a house of God until they are one in charity. The timber and stone must fit together in an orderly plan, must be joined in perfect harmony, must give each other the support as if it were a love, or no one would enter the building. When you see the stones and beams of a building holding together securely, you enter the building with an easy mind...
The work we see complete in this building is physical; it should find its spiritual counterparts in your hearts. 11St. Augustine, Sermon 336, 1, 6
"Pay it forward!"
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help our neighbors,
near and far!
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Additionally, Pennsylvania members have donated to our National Charities—the amount shown is for the two-year period June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2016:
- North American College $1,781.00 They are an "educational institution in Rome, Italy that forms seminarians for priestly ministry in the dioceses of the United States and elsewhere". This is also a State-sponsored fundraiser through the Spiritual Intentions Mass Cards.
- National Center on Sexual Exploitation $1,125.00 "...formerly Morality in Media, is the leading national organization dedicated to opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, and addiction."
- Catholic Relief Services $895.00 "We work with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, earn a living through agriculture and access affordable health care"
- Apostleship of the Sea $760.00 "We assist seafarers with their spiritual needs... ...wherever and whenever they need us."
- Covenant House $1,380.00 "To break the cycle of chronic adult homelessness and bridge the gap of support in the lives of our youth, Covenant House has developed three core services known as our Continuum of Care: Street Outreach, Crisis Care, and Rights of Passage."
- Mother Teresa $1,100.00 "The Center's aim is to serve as a centralized and authoritative source of information on Mother Teresa, to facilitate the spread of authentic devotion to her, and to safeguard her words and image from misuse or abuse."
- Tutwiler Clinic $1,125.00 "We at the Tutwiler Clinic affirm the dignity of each person and her or his right to quality health care provided in a Christian manner. We seek to enable Clinic patients to become knowledgeable about their health or illness and to participate in their own care to their fullest potential."
- Project Handclasp $0 "...the program allows humanitarian, educational and goodwill materials donated by America's private sector at no-cost to be distributed to those in need. Navy ships and aircraft provide space for the donated material to be transferred..."
- Misericordia Unknown "Misericordia offers a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society's most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home."
- Disaster Relief: $1,654.00 "The Catholic Daughters maintain a Disaster Fund to which our members contribute. At the request of the State Regent where a disaster occurs, monetary assistance is forwarded to the Bishop of that diocese for distribution."
Pennsylvania State Court
Pennsylvania's Court was chartered in Corry, Pennsylvania on October 28, 1911 and today has 69 Courts under her umbrella. Our 69th Court, instituted on November 22, 2015, is our state's first Campus Court, Our Lady of Loretto #2702.
Pennsylvania is graced to have the oldest Court in The Order within her boundaries, that of Court Columbia #2 in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
In July, 2016, Pennsylvania hosted the 56th National Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can learn more about the National Convention and see some images from that week on our convention page.
To view and/or save our Pennsylvania State Logo and other CDA images, visit our logos page.
Please, peruse this website to learn more about our State Court and the people who serve there!
We're also playing a game. We hope you'll enjoy it! That's what the letter/number combination below is all about.
1 Catholic Daughters of the Americas
2 Catholic Daughters History
3 Catholic Daughters: Motto
4 Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
5 Helene Shepard, National Regent
6 Catholic Daughters: Circle of Love
7 Marthalerm, B. & Dorr Clement, C. (2003). Catholic Daughters of the Americas — A Century in Review. Rockville, MD: Mercury
8 The Enchiridion of Indulgences (See #44)
9 United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: Prayer
10 Prayer for Vocations
11 United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: Gifts and Fruits
12 United States Catholic Catechism for Adults: Meditation
13 Mother Teresa
14 Archbishop Fulton J Sheen
15 Membership Workshop
16 Saint Teresa of Calcutta
17CDA 2016 Bylaws