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Oregon Catholic Daughters of the Americas

Our History

NOW YOU CAN HAVE A WONDERFUL HISTORY BOOK OF THE 100 YEARS OF CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS IN OREGON!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT STATE REGENT MARY SAUNDERS, THE COST IS $10.00 AND IS WELL WORTH IT!!

UNITY AND CHARITY

     Catholic Daughters of the Americas, founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus, started under the name "Daughters of Isabella" as a womens' auxillary for the Knights, in Utica, New York. 
     Queen Isabella, as noted by the late writer Washington Irving, was a national heroine, along with Christopher Columbus and his voyages to the New World.  Isabella became a kind of feminie ideal throughout the United States, and was known as the "Catholic Queen", in an era of rampant anti-Catholicism.  The ladies of Utica incorporated themselves as the "Daughters of Isabella", a tribute to the queen, and a fitting compliment to the Knights of Columbus.
     The organization grew at incredible speed, first in New York, then in New England, and along the Atlantic coast.  Soon the organization engulfed the nation.  The "courts" were established to compliment the "councils" of the Knights, but continued to be distinct in their programs and undertakings.
The courts were always active in many national issues, such as women's sufferage, even while avoiding political involvement. 
     The group began gaining the admiration and support of many other Americans of different backgrounds.  They assisted women in inner cities, demonstrated activism in WWI and WWII by selling bonds, conducting summer camps, working with the Red Cross, the USO, and helping with the "canteens" for service men and women.
     The Catholic Daughters of the Americas are a resource and blessing that bishops and pastors alike come to appreciate more and more each year. 
     We are the largest National organization of Catholic women with over 90,000 members. 
     In 1909, the first "subordinate" court, # 118, in Eugene, Oregon,  was instituted  with 36 charter members.  It was the first court west of the Rockies.
     By 1923, seven courts had been instituted in Oregon, along with our State court.  Since then there have been 36 conventions, and 22 State Regents.  The membership in Oregon currently sits at over 1,400; with 24 courts, and eight JCDA courts.
     There are CDA courts in every state in the Union except Alabama, Maine, Missouri, Utah, Vermont, and Wyoming.  We currently have eight National charities we focus on, several state charities and projects, and each local court  contributes to the needs of their parish communities.
IF YOU HAVE TIME TO PRAY, YOU HAVE TIME TO BE A CATHOLIC DAUGHTER!

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CDA 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.
Members are encouraged to develop leadership skills, dedication, and great enthusiasm for the work of Christ and His Church.
Answer the Lord's call with faith, generosity, and love by joining the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

EXCITING NEWS!!
Announcing the NEW History of Catholic Daughters in Oregon, 100 years!!  The cost is $10.00, and can be sent directly to you.
You can order them here on the website, Or contact Mary Saunders, State Regent.
You may know many of the people, or participated in events in the book, it may be you!!!!
What a wonderful gift for your parish, court, Chaplain, or family member!

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* Editor's note:  the information contained within this website is for the sole purpose of informing our members of the issues, activities, goals, and requests of our membership; with access by the general public.  This information is, in no way, meant to misinform, mislead, slander, or misrepresent any individual, group, or entity.  If there is incorrect information on this website, please contact the state regent at CDAmarysaunders@aol.com  and the matter will be addressed as quickly as possible.