Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Contact: Debbie Hoffman, (812) 454-7016
Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of the Month, St. Therese Room, 6:30 pm
CDA is a national organization that was founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus for women who wanted to serve and grow as they saw the men in the Knights doing. To date the CDA organization is the largest Catholic Organization situated throughout the USA, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Mexico, and Dominican Republic and consists of 96,000 women. The CDA organization was started here at St. John by a group of passionate women who wanted to grow in their faith. Our official name is Catholic Daughters of St. John the Evangelist, Court # 2633. Our court began March 13, 2010, and has grown to a membership of 37. We are looking for women who desire to grow in their spirituality, develop leadership skills, and enjoy friendship of many other Catholic women while serving each other, those in the community and our parishes.
Our meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month. We begin and end each meeting in prayer. We meet at 6:30 p.m. in St. Therese classroom where we begin with prayer, proceed with our business meeting and end our evening with a prayer to our Blessed Mother, who is our patron Saint. Our organization has regular Adoration hours every week where we might pray for special intentions, our parishes, our members, priests, the Holy Father and peace in the world. On the first Saturday of each month, we meet in the Adoration Chapel at 8:00 AM to pray and then go out for breakfast at a local restaurant.
Our organization is focused around the circle of love program. It is a seven point program that is bound together by the common interest - LOVE. Our activities focus around these seven spokes which are: Life, Youth, Legislation, Education, Spiritual, Leadership and Projects.
Some rewarding activities that we normally do are to make underwear donations to a local shelter (Undie Sunday), 40 Days for Life, and supporting Religious Freedom. We have also reached out to help foster the spiritual education of our youth in our parish by supporting our wonderful Bible School program here at St. John's and our high school youth ministry. When a member of our organization has a death in their immediate family, we say the rosary at the funeral home per each family’s request.
We often ask for and appreciate the guidance of our Chaplain, Father Chris Forler and our Spiritual Adviser Deacon Richard. At our meetings we often have special guest speakers who help us to grow in our faith. Please take time to pray and see if our organization might be where God is asking you to serve and share your talents for HIS plan.
Please give me a call if you are interested in finding out more or joining us. I would love to speak with you.
Daughters of St. John the Evangelist
Court # 2633