Quarterly Newsletter

March 2008

We have rapidly passed through the various seasons of the church and have now entered into the season of Lent. This is a wonderful time to enhance our Christian life with prayer, self-denial and acts of charity. Lent provides us an opportunity to renew our awareness of our union with our Lord and rely on our prayers to help us strengthen our love and hope for peace for all humankind and ourselves. It is my prayer that your observance of this Holy Season, serves to open your heart so you may embrace the joy of the Resurrection.

You recently elected your nominating committee to seek members to fulfill the officer positions. This is an awesome responsibility and often tends to be somewhat discouraging. I encourage you to tap into your God-given gifts and say YES when asked to serve in a leadership role as a court officer. Please do not be the individual that says, “Oh, I could never do that!” Take a chance – try it – you may just like it!

The national convention is just around the corner. I hope you have or will have fundraisers to assist your members that would like to attend. The New Mexico Catholic Daughters are very excited to extend their warm hospitality and the National Board has listened to your evaluations in the organization of this convention. We look forward to seeing you in Albuquerque!


Attached you will find the Local Court Nominating Committee Procedures. It is the responsibility of the Regent to give these procedures to the Chairman of the Nominating Committee upon her election. There is a section which should be retained and reviewed by the Regent to assist you in handling the business of Nominations and Elections.


The Local Financial Review form is enclosed. Please complete this form for the period 10/01/07 through 3/31/08, and return the original copy to the National Office NO LATER THAN MAY 1, 2008. Be sure to make copies for those indicated at the bottom of this form. As you prepare for your review, don’t forget to give financial support to our National Charities and Programs – they count on your generosity.


Calling all Courts and/or Members! Show your love and support of CDA and our Mission. Purchase an Ad in our 2008 Convention Program Book. Send a camera-ready copy and a check, made out to National CDA, to Libby Ramirez 4605 E. North Street Victoria, TX 77901-1524. Camera Ready Ads may be attached to an email and sent to: LIBBY59@SUDDENLINK.NET BEFORE April 15. Thank you in advance for your generous support (see ad information from November Convention Mailing).


The National Board and the New Mexico Convention Committee will be meeting at the Hyatt Regency to finalize plans for the 52nd Biennial Convention. A final resource packet of important information will be sent to every regent - please be sure to share its contents with your court delegates. Delegate cards and the announcement of the slate of officers will be forthcoming later.


Has your court or state sponsored a membership drive using the theme “All Aboard the CDA Train”? If not, it is never too late to plan a spring membership drive with a theme and incentives. The National membership drive will close March 31st, and awards will be given out at the National Convention in New Mexico, July of 2008. If your court or state used the theme “All Aboard the CDA Train” please email Vickie Broussard (National Membership Chair) at vmbroussard@aol.com and let her know of how the theme was implemented. Remember RECRUIT, RETAIN, AND RECRUIT!!


Have you thought of establishing a campus court? This very well might be the court you are looking to establish in your state. The enthusiasm these young ladies have for CDA is contagious. While in college, CDA provides an opportunity for the campus court members to create a spiritual bond with other young ladies seeking to include unity and charity in their daily lives. Upon leaving college life, these young ladies establish themselves in parish community life very well aware of what Catholic Daughters of the Americas are all about. By using their enthusiasm and knowledge, they may help to organize and establish senior courts in the cities and towns in which they settle. The guidelines for establishing campus courts were revised and distributed to the State Regents at their meeting in August 2007. If you interested in establishing a campus court, contact the National office or your State Regent for more information.


All courts should have received the Circle of Love Reporting Forms from your State Regent. Your State Regent has determined the state deadline in order to have the National Chairman receive the State form no later than May 1, 2008. We realize that you are humble in reporting your achievements, but sharing tour experiences with your sisters throughout the organization will be an important resource and will assist in motivating others. Although a given court activity may have been recognized at your 2007 State Convention, if meritorious and carried out between April ¸2006 and March 31, 2007, it may be included in your Report. State Regents have the State Chairman forms and will be responsible for giving a copy to each designated chairman. Thank you for your participation. If you have any questions, please contact the National Representative assigned to your state.


I hope that by now you are well on your way to judging these contests. Remember that they must win at the STATE LEVEL before sending them to the appropriate NATIONAL CHAIRMAN. National awards will be announced at the Convention in July. Please follow the specific criteria so as not to be disqualified. Here are the names and addresses of the National Chairman:

Letty Calvetti Duchess Collins

National Education Contest Chairman National Newsletter Contest Chairman

854 Country Lane 330 Brook Forest Trail

Indiana, PA 15701 Sugar Land, TX 77478


The Executive Committee met with the National Legislative Committee while in Washington, D.C. in January for the March for Life. It was good to have Joe Leary, CDA Legislative Counsel, back with us at the meeting. Tom Grenchik, Executive Director, Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed us on activities on which he would like to see Catholic Daughters involved. These activities plus other decisions as a result of the meeting will be announced as the year goes on.


The approach we currently have to collecting membership dues and donations to Morality in Media appears to be working very well. A one-time annual court donation is sent directly to National Headquarters, and, in return, MIM receives one CDA check of support (see attached). Of course, if an individual in your court or the court itself wants to communicate directly with MIM, they may do so at any time.


The title of the Annual Lecture will be “‘The Wageless Work of Paradise’: Catholic Sisters in Parochial Schools.” Kathleen Cummings, Associate Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame will deliver her lecture at Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The Lecture, which will be followed by a reception, will be held in Hannon Hall on the CUA campus. The National Board and members of the University staff look forward to greeting you.


April has been designated National Child Abuse Prevention month. Public awareness is the first step in prevention. Please do your part in your community to help erase child abuse by volunteering your time and contributing funds. Your contributions may be sent to:

National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse

500 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 200

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 663-3520

Fax: (312) 939-8962

e-mail: mailbox@preventchildabuse.org


Plans are being finalized for the two Catholic Daughters teams which will be going to build Habitat homes in Amecameca, Mexico during lent. This will be a great opportunity as Catholic Daughters share their concern for those in need of homes by working to build Habitat homes. Four houses are being sponsored by Catholic Daughters, two by National CDA and one by the State Court of Minnesota and one co-sponsored by National CDA and the State Court of Texas. The first Catholic Daughter team to go down will be lead by Lois Nelson, National Director from Minnesota. Also going on that trip will be the Minnesota First and Second Vice State Regents, Nancy Bambanek and Ellen Huneke, Ellen’s sister, and an ecumenical group of eight from Michigan who will complete their team. They will be building during the third week of Lent. During Holy week, eighteen people will be heading to Mexico to help complete the house builds and to be there for the Dedication of the homes on Holy Saturday. Leading that team will be National Secretary-Treasurer Shirley Seyfried and her son, Daniel. Also going on that team will be Shirley’s husband, Dave, National Regent, Claudia Bosch, and her husband, Jim, National Regent-elect, Libby Ramirez, National Director, Duchess Collins of Texas, Texas State Regent, Carolyn Bachmann, Texas First Vice State Regent, Carolyn Malik, Texas State Treasurer, Eve Trevino, Minnesota State Regent, Kathy Kennedy and her husband, Fred, Minnesota State Treasurer, Margee Keller, and her husband, Walt, Louise VanLeeuwe, Regent of Court St. Joan of Arc #1291 and her husband, Bob, of Marshall, MN, Tina Quinones, Court member from Marshall, MN, and Lindsay Jensen, the Vista worker for the Habitat Affiliate in Fergus Falls, MN. All of the participants are really getting excited about the trip and sharing their love and friendship with the people of Mexico. Please pray for safe travel and a very successful build in Mexico. Thanks to everyone for their contributions to Habitat for Humanity.



Your National Regent, members of the National Board, Rev. Michael Schommer, Helen Johnson, Tom Panas and Peggy O’Brien have represented you at the following events:


Please remember in your prayers Jack McKenna, husband of M. Joan McKenna, Immediate Past National Regent, who passed away suddenly January 30, 2008. Please keep Joan and her family in your prayers.

Condolences may be sent to: M. Joan McKenna

25 Edith Road

Framingham, MA 01701

Donations in Jack’s name may be made to: McKenna/Alderman Scholarship Fund

c/o John Hughes, Principal

Natick High School

15 West Street

Natick, MA 01760


Duchess Collins, National Director


Paulette Kraiter ND State Regent

119 Brooktree Circle

Harwood, ND 58042



The following items have had price changes since the Supply List was issued:

#116a – Financial Secretary Loose Leaf Account Book (complete) - $125.00

#167 – Newly Revised Unity and Charity Brochure (pkg. of 25) - $6.25

All Gold Jewelry has changed in price due to the increase in gold – Please place the enclosed updated page 4 in your Jewelry Price List. All increases are marked with an arrow.

If you plan on ordering Regent Jewelry – please be sure to order it in advance since it takes approximately

10-12 weeks for delivery.



With pleasure, we advise you of the following new courts. You may send congratulatory messages to:

Court Juan Carlos Borromeo #2595

Rosa Pèrez, Regent

HC-04 Box 48576

Aquadilla, PR 00603-9787

Court of the Archangels #2600

Nancy Krupa, Regent

42960 Sheridan Oaks Dr

Antioch, IL 60002

Court Our Lady of Fatima #2596

Kate Ramos, Regent

9102 Windview Dr

Winderest, TX 78239

Court St. Maurus #2601

Raquel C. Montoya, Regent

P O Box 694

Loving, NM 88563


We will feature Campus Courts and Junior Catholic Daughters Courts in SHARE Magazine, therefore we ask you to send in articles and photos showing what you are doing as a Court. This is an opportunity for you to share exciting news and events in your state.


March Women’s History Month

March 1 Nominations for National Board due

March 2 Read Across America Day

March 8 International Woman’s Day

March 15 Delegate and Alternate Forms due at National

March 16 Palm Sunday

March 20 Holy Thursday

March 21 Good Friday

March 23 Easter Sunday

March 31 National Membership Contest Ends

April 13 CDA Lecture – Catholic University

April 15 Ads for Convention Journal due

May 1 Ascension Thursday

May 1 State Chairmen Circle of Love Forms due to National Chairman

May 1 Financial Review Forms due to National Office

May 11 Mother’s Day

May 26 Memorial Day

June 1 Priest Appreciation Day

June 15 Resolutions are due

The National Board wishes you and your loved ones God’s Grace and Blessings for this beautiful and joyous Easter Season~

They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;

They shall mount up with wings as eagles.”

Isaiah 40:31


Claudia R. Bosch

National Regent


As an Easter Gift,

You and your intentions

Will be remembered by

Catholic University of America

In their Masses and prayers

during the Easter Season


Women Embracing the Gift of Humanity”