From its inception of 1903, Catholic Daughters of the Americas has grown and developed into the largest organization of Catholic women in the Americas.  Under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, its members are united by their faith in Jesus Christ and their devotion to the Church and the Holy See.

The purpose of the organization is to participate in the religious, charitable and educational Apostolate in the Church.  Catholic Daughters of the Americas engages in creative and spiritual programs which provide its members with the opportunity to develop their special God-given talents in a meaningful way to positively influence the welfare of the church and all peoples throughout the world.

Our Court strives to do charitable works both in the parish and community.  Some of the activities that we do are as follows: Prayer Blankets: Given to those who are sick and in need of prayers.  Prayer Cloths: Given to the military personnel.  Welcome Baskets: New parishioners. Fruit Baskets: Given to shut-ins at Christmas time.  Nursing Home: TLC at Mahnomen Nursing Home and donate prizes for St. Patrick Day.  MCCL: Donate money and bring bake goods for fundraiser. Relay for Life: Luminary lights are purchased for deceased CDA members who had cancer and we have a relay for life team. Rosary for Life: In May and November we have the "Living Rosary" and recite the rosary before Masses in October and May.  Blood Drive: In July we sponsor a blood drive the United Blood Service.   Lunetta Goldsmith Scholarship: Each year two seniors who graduate from Mahnomen or Waubun are given $250 to further their education.  Education Contest: Students from Grades 1-12 and CDA members can enter a contest in poetry, are, poster, essay or computer graphics.  St. Michael's School and Youth: A donation is given towards the CCD program and marathon.  Priests and Sisters: A gift of money is given to the priests of Mahnomen, Waubun and Twin Valley and the Sisters of St. Benedict.  Habitat for Humanity:  In October of 2001 our Court along with other Catholic Daughter members helped to build a home in Dilworth with Habitat.  Donations given by the Gummi Bear candy fundraiser to build a house. Fun Times: Annually we have an Ecumenical Christmas party where we ask other ladies of the parishes and other faiths to join us for a fun time.  We hold a Mother/Daughter and Friend party.  Once a year we have a fundraiser and members have a great time preparing for this.

Mission Statement:

Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principles of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all mankind.


Our motto is Unity and Charity.  Members are involved in the Circle of Love Program which consists of --Leadership, Youth, Quality of Life, Legislative, Spiritual Enhancement, Education and National Projects.

Program Symbol:

A circle is a curved line with every point equal distance from the center and bound together by a common interest.  The seven point program of the CIRCLE OF LOVE is bound by the common interest - L-O-V-E.

The small heart in the center is taken from the logo of the HEART SPEAKS TO HEART program.  By utilizing this portion of the logo and part of the Hearts Speaks to Heart program this is compatible with the Circle of Love, a smooth transition occurs.

The Cross and Crown in the center of the heart is the national symbol of the Order - Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

The Seven points selected indicate the needs of the Church and community best served by the Catholic Daughters.  The program itemizes these needs: Leadership, Youth, Quality of Life, Legislative, Spiritual Enhancement, Education, Projects (National & State).

May of 1970 our organization was established with the efforts of Lunetta Goldsmith who was the first Regent of our Court.  Meetings are scheduled for the second Monday of each month at 7:30 PM, except in July and August.  We welcome any ladies to come to a meeting.

Activities in the Parish and Community:  Welcome Baskets, Prayer Blankets/Cloths, Lunetta Goldsmith Scholarships, Education Contest, Blood Drive, Fruit Baskets, St. Michael School, Nursing Home, Priest Appreciation, Sisters of Mt. St. Benedict, Habitat for Humanity, Youth, MCCL, Relay for Life, Rosary & Mass, Mother/Daughter/Friend party, Ecumenical Christmas Party, Fundraisers, Minnesota State Projects - Dorothy Day House, Caring and Sharing Hands and the Life Care Centers


Regent: Karen Ahmann

Vice Regent:  Pauline Vizenor

Recording Secretary:  Beverly Schoenborn

Treasurer:  Pat Specht

Financial Secretary:  Barb Peterson

We have 82  members and are always seeking other women to join us.  We have members from St. Michael's of Mahnomen, St. Joseph's of Beaulieu, St. Ann's of Waubun and St. William's of Twin Valley.

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