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State Projects & Charities

In addition to the work done on the local level by our courts, Catholic Daughters of the Americas supports these nine State Projects and three State Charities. Through combined giving, each court and member gets an opportunity to help support these worthwhile programs.


For more detailed information about State Projects and State Charities, please go to: or

State Projects
Father Taaffe Foundation

Offering an alternative to abortion, to provide a home, not just a place to live, for pregnant and parenting teenage mothers.

Stand-Up Girl

Our original prenatal illustrations, prenatal photography, and other resources make a leading research site for high school and college students.

Magdalene Home

Giving teen girls who are pregnant or parenting a safe and supervised place to live.

Providence Child Center

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

Msgr. Murnane Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a high school graduating senior who is a JCDA member, to assist her in future studies. This scholarship is funded through donations by Catholic Daughter Courts and its members. Msgr. Edmund J. Murnane served as a Catholic Daughter State Chaplain from 1939-1978.

Junior Catholic Daughters

Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA), our youth program for girls 6 through 18 (Juniorettes 6–10 and Juniors 11–18), was founded in 1925. JCDA activities promote Christian values, accepting the Christian message and acting on it, and build lifelong friendships.

Department of Veterans' Affairs

Providing volunteer services for a variety of needs of both inpatient and outpatient veterans.

The Grotto

Striving to provide a welcoming presence and a beautiful environment conducive to peace, quiet, and spiritual inspiration. The Grotto offers understanding, compassion, support and hope through a variety of ministries including counseling, education, spiritual direction and liturgical celebrations. The Grotto endeavors to serve all people.

Seminarian Fund

This state project was adopted in 1941 to assist in the cost of the education of our priests and future priests. Donations to this fund should be marked with the designation of where the Court wishes the monies to be deposited. There are three separate formation programs in Oregon:

  1. The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon:

  2. Mount Angel Abbey Monastery:

  3. Diocese of Baker:

State Charities
Adopt - a - Seminarian

Individual Seminarians studying at Mt. Angel Seminary, as well as women studying at various houses in Oregon, are assigned to local Catholic Daughters’ Courts. Each Court is asked to pray for and support their assigned seminarians and/or sisters throughout the year. In addition to prayers and letters of encouragement, the court may send items to the individuals. See how our Court supports the Seminarians.

Seminary Emergency Fund

Adopted as a state charity in 2009, this fund is used to help seminarians at Mt. Angel with specific needs that they may not have the resources for, such as medical expenses, prescriptions, eye glasses, emergency transportation, etc. This fund is administered by the Abbot at the Abbey.

Catholic Daughter Oregon State Endowment Scholarship Fund

This fund is used to assist seminarians and non-resident students (of the seminary) who are admitted into graduate programs in theology at Mt. Angel Seminary.  A basket raffle is held at each conference and convention and the proceeds are deposited into this fund. This fund was developed in 1996 to honor Fr. Hayes, who served as Catholic Daughter Chaplain from 1978 until his death in 1994. Note: What formerly was The Rev. Joseph B. Hayes Memorial Scholarship is now Catholic Daughter Oregon State Endowment Scholarship Fund.

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All information contained on this page comes from the respective websites.  Please visit each charity's website for additional information. 

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