ABOUT CDA

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

National

 

In 1903 the Catholic Daughters of the Americas was founded in Utica, New York as a charitaable, benevolebnt and patriotic sorority for Catholic women.  CDA has 75,000 dues-paying members in 1250 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country, in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.  Click here for a History of CDA.  The national CDA produces a quarterly newsletter for its members.

 

Members love and support the Catholic church and participate in social and charitable activities.  The CDA program promotes these seven points:

 

  • Quality of Life (right to life activities)

  • Youth/JCDA (create opportunities to serve our youth)

  • Legislation (members encouraged to speak out and become active in legislative issues.  Operation Morningstar, the National newsletter for CDA members, assists members to be informed to vote on issues that are morally and ethically sound within the teachings of the Church)

  • Education (graduate school scholarships, scholarship to an 8th grade student and educational contests)

  • Spiritual Enrichment (strive 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)

  • Leadership (develop leadership skills and conduct and participate in leadership workshops)

  • Family  (support all families immediate, extended and inclusive.  Families are communities of faith, hope and charity.  Families are encouraged to work together in the home -  praying, eating together and spending quality time together - outside the home by volunteering for service projects such as Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics.)

 

Projects include: Habitat for Humanity, Holy Cross Family Rosary, Smile Train, SOAR, North American College, Morality in Media, Catholic Relief Services, Appostleship of the Sea, Covenant House, Mother Teresa, Tutwiler Clinic, Project Handclasp, Leboure Society and Misericordia)  Click on this link to read details about these projects.

Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas

State

 

The Oregon State Court was organized in 1923.  The Oregon CDA supports National CDA policies at the state and local court levels.  The State aids both National and State projects and donates to charities, administers scholarship programs and sponsors a state convention for Oregon courts.  At the 2015 convention, CDA Court Oregon #118 won first prize for its newsletter.  State charities and projects include:

 

  • Father Taaffee Foundation: St. Brigid, St. Monica, St. Teresa Homes (provides a home for pregnant and parenting teenage mothers)

  • Magdalene Home (only shelter in Southern Oregon for homeless parenting and pregnant teens)

  • Montessori Special Education Fund --- part of Providence Child Center (provides educational opportunities for preschool age children who are developmentally disabled)

  • Department of Veterans Affairs (supports volunteer services for needs of inpatient and outpatient veterans)

  • The Grotto (internationally Catholic shrine and botanical garden in Portland.  It provides a peaceful retreat)

  • Additional Projets include: Habitat for Humanity, Holy Cross Family Rosary, Smile Train, SOAR, North American College, Morality in Media, Catholic Relief Services, Appostleship of the Sea, Covenant House, Mother Teresa, Tutwiler Clinic, 

 

Go to the State website for more information about the above State charities and projects and others that the State supports.  Click on Oregon State Charities and Projects at the top of the Home page or click here

CDA's youth program, Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA), was founded in 1925 for girls 6 through 18 (Juniorettes 6 - 10 and Juniors 11-18). JCDA gives Catholic girls the opportunity to live the message of their Church, community and nation.  There is a court in Eugene, which CDA Court Oregon #118 supports.  For more information, contact Julia Kelso at cdaoregoncourt118@gmail.com or the O'Hara Catholic School principal.

Information about National and State Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas came from their websites.  Regent Julia Kelso provided information about CDA Court Oregon #118.

This website is updated by Miriam Cersovski. For any updates or suggestions please email Miriam at CDAOregonMC@gmail.com