WHO WE ARE
Purpose & Mission
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.
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.
About Catholic Daughters of the Americas
The CDA was formed over 100 years ago and today numbers 66,000 dues-paying members in 1,150 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Kenya, and Peru.
Catholic Daughter women enjoy each other’s company at meetings and work hard for their parishes and communities.
Deeply spiritual, together they share faith, love of God and a distinctly feminine spirituality alluded to by Pope John Paul II when he spoke of the necessity of “feminine genius” in today’s world.
The program includes concerns of today’s church and society as well as issues that affect the well-being of women and children.
The Legislative Program encourages interested members to learn about laws that may influence their faith and to contact their state representatives to make their personal positions known through Operation Morning Star [The Catholic Daughters of the Americas does not endorse political candidates].
Girls and young women ages 6-18 can join the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Young college women can become members of Campus Courts at some universities.
In addition to opportunities at the local and national level for fellowship with other Daughters who pursue our mission of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and dignity for all, Daughters experience the opportunity to give and receive. By giving of your time, talent, ideas, knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm, you’ll receive spiritual enrichment, leadership skills, affirmation, community, broadened horizons, and a marked sense of accomplishment. Daughters also receive SHARE, the award-winning, quarterly magazine of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Catholic Daughters engage in an expansive array of activities in pursuit of our mission including:
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 10 meetings a year.
We encourage all Catholic women 18 years and older to join the Catholic Daughters of the Americas to share their responsibility.
Are you looking for a way to help the less fortunate in your community? Or are you considering how to take an active role in your church parish community, state, or nation? Are you wondering how you can help people or your community with a tragedy? The Catholic Daughters of the Americas help others by building homes for the less fortunate through “Habitat for Humanity,” fighting pornography, supporting religious, fighting abortion and euthanasia, helping disaster relief efforts, and much more.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the largest Catholic women’s organizations in the world. Founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus, the organization has flourished under the motto of “Unity and Charity.” Currently approximately 70,000 Catholic women are members. With the guidance of the Blessed Mother as their patron, Catholic Daughters is a group of “God’s Active Angels” reaching out to others with helping hands, having a good time, gaining new friends, and offering help and understanding to all.
Membership in the Catholic Daughters of the Americas organization is possible for women 18+, girls 6 to 17, and ladies attending college. Any woman of the Catholic faith who wishes to belong to CDA is welcome to join. Girls 6 to 17 years of age can join JCDA in an area where the adult CDA court is established, and ladies attending college may join their Campus court if one is established.
The Structure of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas
The Five National Officers along with the Nine National Directors form the National Board. The National Board Meets Semi-annually at such time and place as determined by the National Regent.
National Office Manager
The National Office Manager is an employee who manages and directs all functions and activities of the National Office and Nine Staff members. The National Office Manager also attends the meetings of the National Board and National Court.
The National Court is composed of 5 National Officers, 9 National Directors, Past National Regents, 5 Officers of each State Court and Local Court Regents and delegates from the Local Courts. The National Court is the governing body of THE ORDER acting in biennial convention assembled. It has authority to make, alter and repeal all laws, rules and regulations for the government, management, discipline and control of THE ORDER or of any Court or organizational subdivision.
Five or more Local Courts in good standing with a total membership of not less than 200 members, may organize a State Court with the approval of the National Board. State Courts shall be composed of a National Regent or her representative, 5 State Officers, Past State Regents, and Local Court Regents and delegates from Local Courts. State Courts elect 5 Officers at their Biennial State Convention. Only one State Officer can be elected from a Local Court. Exception: In states with twelve (12) Courts or less (2) officers may be elected from one (1) Court.
Each State Court shall have a State Board consisting of the National Regent and 5 State Officers. The State Board shall meet quarterly or as often as necessary in order to discuss the program of THE ORDER in the State. State Courts shall convene biennially between March 1 and May 31, in the alternating years to the Biennial National Convention.
The National Spiritual Advisors of The Order shall be the National Chaplain and Clergy Consultant to the National Regent. They will conduct the religious exercises and give advice on matters doctrinal or ecclesiastical. The State Chaplain will serve at the request of the State Regent.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas 2337-Dallas Flyer
An overview of our Catholic Daughters of the Americas 2337 Dallas membership.