North Dakota Catholic Daughters of the Americas celebrate 100 years

by Laurel Ann Dukart | ND State Regent

North Dakota Catholic Daughters gatherat the 57th Biennial National Catholic Daughters of the Americas Convention in Sioux Falls, S.D. on July 19. (submitted photo)

On Jan. 1, North Dakota Catholic Daughters of the Americas celebrated 100 years as a State Court. Court St. Elizabeth #170 in Minot, our oldest local court, celebrated 106 years this past March. On April 29, 2019, Court St. Cecelia in Mandan will be our sixth local court to celebrate 100 years. North Dakota currently has 21 local courts across the state and 1,566 members.

If you have not heard of us, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women ages 18 and older. We are in 45 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, The Virgin Islands, Kenya, and Peru. Under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, we are united by our faith in Jesus Christ, in devotion to the Church and the Holy See. Our purpose is to participate in the religious, charitable, and educational Apostolates of the Church. We engage in creative and spiritual programs, which provide members with the opportunity to develop their God-given talents in meaningful ways that positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world. Our motto is Unity and Charity.

One event include CDA Sunday held on Oct. 21. Local, state, and national members celebrate by attending Mass together. Some have their monthly meetings on the same day, while others worship and spend quality time together. On May 3–5, 2019, the biennial North Dakota CDA Convention will be held in Devils Lake at St. Joseph’s Church.

Ladies, if you would like to learn more or join the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, contact Kathy Kennedy at or Laurel Ann Dukart at

We would be happy to come to your town. For more information, go to

God our Father, we come to you in thanksgiving for the joy of salvation. We are grateful for your outpouring of love which strengthens us as we go about our daily duties of loving care and service for others. Your Son, Jesus, did not come to be served, but to serve. Help us to live our principles of unity and charity like he did. As Catholic Daughters, we will always strive, with your help, to be devoted and loving servants. Guide us in all we do and enable us to recognize your many blessings. May our mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, all the saints and holy women of the past pray for us. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

+John T. Folda