National Catholic Daughters of the Americas®

Formed in 1903, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas® is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas and today numbers 66,000 dues-paying members in 1,150 local courts in 45 states across the country and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Kenya, and Peru. 


Below are the most current happenings from National. 

National Scholarships

The National Court awards various scholarships each year.  An application and cover sheet can be obtained on the National website Below are the four types of scholarships they award along with deadlines (for 2020) and links to the applications.



     Number of scholarships: Three

     Amount of scholarship: $2.500

     Age Requirement: The recipients must be enrolled in a graduate program at a College or University.

     Deadline:  April 1, 2020

     Application link:  Fr Bachmann Graduate Scholarship Application


     Number of scholarships: One

     Amount of scholarship: $2.000

     Age Requirement: A member of a Catholic Daughters of the Americas Campus Court

     Deadline:  April 1, 2020

     Application link:  Campus Court Scholarship Application


     Number of scholarships: Two

     Amount of scholarship: $1.000

     Age Requirement: A student who will be a freshman at a Catholic high school in Fall 2018.

     Deadline:  April 1, 2020

     Application link:  2019 Scholarship Catholic HS


     Number of scholarships: One

     Amount of scholarship: $1.000

     Age Requirement: A JCDA Member entering College in the Fall of 2018.

     Deadline:  April 1, 2020

     Application link:  2019 JCDA Scholarship

National Officers

National Chaplain

Most Reverend R Walker Nickless

Sioux City, IA

National Clergy Consultant

Rev. Siby Punnoose

Sheldon, IA

2020-2022 National Board

National Regent

Sherry Niles

Sheldon, IA

First Vice National Regent

Susan Mone

Mesa, AZ

National Regent Elect

Emily Guilherme

Corona, CA

Second Vice National Regent

Essie Walker

Matthews, NC

National Secretary-Treasurer

Connie Dronette

Sulphur, LA

National Directors

Nancy Bambenek

St Charles, MN

Ivone da Silveira

San Juan, PR

Barbara Jensen

Broken Bow, NE

Michele Bowman

Zephyrhills, FL

Dawn Fortenberry

St Amant, LA

Carolyn Malik

Shiner, TX

Teressa Cersovski

Harrisburg, OR

Irene Gramza

Phoenix, AZ

Darlene Moritz

Milford, IA

1903 Society

The 1903 Society is designed to help maintain the national office in New York.  It is a way members or courts can donate money and help preserve the building while being recognized for their contributions. 

This video showcases the National office and as you can see, repairs are needed. ​

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