Original CDA headquarters in Uttica, NY

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) was founded in Utica, New York in 1903 by John E. Carberry and several other Knights of Columbus as a charitable, benevolent and patriotic sorority for Catholic ladies. It was originally called the “National order of Daughters of Isabella,” and is dedicated to the principles of “Unity and Charity,” the order’s motto. They were originally called the national order of the Daughters of Isabella, and Carberry served as the first Supreme Regent. The Knights established our two standards of Unity and Charity.

CDA had 90 courts by 1908, and had grown from a membership of less than 100 to more than 10,000. The membership encompassed 69 cities in 18 different states. In March of 1913, the Daughters of Isabella purchased a building in Utica belonging to the Knights of Columbus for use as its official headquarters.

50th Biennial Texas State 2017 Convention

Adorned in purple and gold, and busy as a bee, members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas® (CDA) across Texas gathered in Corpus Christi’s American Bank Center with joy and anticipation of the 50th Biennial State Convention and the 100th Anniversary celebration of the State Court.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas®
50th Biennial Texas State Convention ~ April 20-23, 2017

“Everything is possible to the one who has faith” Mark 9:23

Like diamonds in the rough, CDA sisters have emerged with brilliant beauty and endurance since the mother court of Texas was instituted in 1909. It was like a family reunion bursting out in the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel lobby with delegates, clergy and guests registering for the convention.

2017 State Convention