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A message from our State Regent:
My Dear CDA Sisters, Chaplains & Spiritual Advisors: “Serving the Lord through our Faith, Actions & Love” will continue to be our MA State Court mission statement for the 2021-2023 term. I just can’t think of a better way to describe how and what we do as an intergenerational Catholic women’s organization. The State Court is our Catholic Daughters family, all of us together – Junior Catholic Daughters (6-18), Campus Courts (college students, faculty, and staff), Local courts (women of all ages 18+), our dedicated Chaplains and Spiritual Advisors. Why, we even have CDA Extended Family – our husbands, children, relatives, and friends! Your elected State Board, all individual members of local courts, is here to serve – to oversee state business, communicate, educate, guide, and to celebrate our sisterhood with all of you.
I have several goals to share with you:
- Foster the CDA Spirituality/Service/Sisterhood relationship by sponsoring gatherings to provide opportunities for spiritual growth, education, and member interactions through in person and Zoom events. It’s important to connect with each other across the state, to gather, greet and share. Invite your sister courts to your events. State workshops, conventions, and celebrations are not just for the court officers; they are for all members. They are our family reunions! National conventions are for all members in addition to the voting delegates. In July of 2022, the National Convention will be held in San Juan Puerto Rico!
- Focus efforts on opening new courts to increase membership. Since each new court automatically increases membership by 15+, we need to “market” CDA by identifying and using appropriatemedia to reach a broader area – publish your activities in the local newspaper, on local cable tv, and on your parish website; invite friends to “like” and follow your court’s and the State’s Facebook pages. It’s time to share “the best kept secret.” While we continue to welcome new members to our local courts, we can also encourage the institution of new courts by encouraging interested women who might be from another parish or community to start a new court. We have a process and support for opening new courts. Please share any interest you might hear about with the State officers.
- Support Family life in our parishes, our communities, and beyond through spiritual, educational, charitable, and service outreach. How can we help strengthen family participation in the Mass and educate about the many beautiful devotions and traditions of our Catholic faith? What can we do to encourage young families to feel welcome and valued as members of our parish families?
I sincerely look forward to continuing working together to do God’s work… “through our Faith, Actions & Love.”
In Unity and Charity,
Patricia Adams, State Regent
Our Mission Statement:
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas strive 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.
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 Motto: Unity and Charity