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Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA)


Formed in 1903, The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas.



Unity and Charity


We are celebrating our 90th Year as a Court! 

We were chartered on June 24, 1928.  This will be a year of special celebration!  We are a spiritual and service organization.


Who Are The Catholic Daughters?

The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity” because Catholic Daughter women come together in unity to enjoy each other’s company at meetings and volunteer charity events, and work hard to support St. Petronille, our community, and those outside of our community who are in need of help.  We donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” 

The CDA was formed over 100 years ago and today numbers 70,000 dues-paying members in 1,250 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Court #1096 was Chartered on June 24, 1928 at St. Petronille Parish.


Our Patroness is Blessed Mother Mary.  St. Petronille Catholic Daughters celebrate an annual May Crowning Mass.




OFFICERS Cathy Kuczynski - Regent

Denise Doerries - Vice-Regent

Eileen Breen - Financial Secretary

Karen Cunningham - Treasurer

Cathy Douglass - Recording Secretary

Fr. John Sullivan, Chaplain



CHARITY One of the main missions of the CDA is to raise money to donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness”.  In March we collaborated with the “Choose Life!” Committee and collected diapers for Mothers in Need and raised $1,538 for Waterleaf, a Pregnancy Resource Center. 



Our Annual Fundraiser is “Ladies Night Out”, which was on Monday, November 13th. We provided delicious appetizers and sweets while friends play cards and other games. 50/50 Raffle and “Mystery Gift” auctions added to the event! 




In January, Catholic Daughters worked on two service projects. We provided lunches for PADS and also prepared lunches for those who participated in the Right to Life March in Chicago.



UNITY Catholic Daughters come together in Unity to enjoy each other’s company at monthly meetings. Members rotate on the Hospitality Committee to provide refreshments. Meetings are planned that provide information on current topics or focus on the spiritual aspect of our lives. Topics in the past year included, “Intriguing Tidbits of Glen Ellyn History” and “Pre-Lenten Reflections on Saint John Paul II”.

We also stay in touch with other Courts in the State of Illinois and attended the State Convention in DeKalb in April.



Catholic Daughters have fun together as they learn, do service, and raise money for charity.  Some of the charities St. Petronille Catholic Daughters have contributed to over the years are:

  • Generous gifts to our Priests and Fr. Palmer at Christmas.  

  • Five CDA National Projects

    • S.O.A.R.(Support Our Aging Religious)

    • Habitat for Humanity

    • Smile Train

    • Laboure Society

    • Holy Cross Family Ministry

  • Each Year the Court votes on which 10 charities to support for that membership year .Some charities CDA has supported in the past are:

    • St. Petronille Springboard to the Future

    • St. Petronille School L.I.F.E. Fund

    • St. Petronille Faith Formation Fund

    • St. Petronille Sharing Fund

    • Catholic Relief Services

    • Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

    • Family Shelter Services

    • Glen Ellyn Walk-in Ministry

    • De Lasalle Blackfeet School

    • The Andrew Mogni Family Fund

    • Catholic Charities of Joliet

    • DuPage Convalescent Center Foundation

    • Glen Ellyn Food Pantry

    • CNS Home Health Hospice

    • Illinois Citizens for Life

    • School Sisters of St.Francis

    • Retirement Fund for Religious

    • Northern Illinois Food Bank

    • Salesian Missions

    • The Missionaries of Charity

  • PADS lunchmaking service project

  • Annual Baby Shower to support Pro-Life efforts for women who need pregnancy assistance.


The National CDA Website




Want to Join Catholic Daughters?  We welcome all Catholic women of the community!  Attend a meeting and check us out.  Contact Cathy Kuczynski at or (630)462-3736 for more information.


 CDA Calendar 2017 – 18

Our 90th Year!


  • Monday, September 11 – 7pm PLC Welcome Back! Pay dues; Discuss the 2 Court Luncheon and Fundraiser. Program:  Induct new members Hospitality Chair: Kathy Driscoll
  • Monday, October 9 – 7pm PLC Payment for 2 Court Luncheon and discussion about the 2017 Fundraiser. Program: “Downsizing, the Art of Letting Go”, presented by Cathy Feltz. Hospitality Chair: Eileen Breen
  • National Catholic Daughters Sunday – October 15  Hospitality Chair – Denise Doerries 11:30 Mass at St. Petronille     1pm Luncheon at Shannon’s Irish Pub
  • Monday, November 13 – 6:30pm PLC “Ladies Night Out” – our Annual Fundraiser.  Co-chairs:  Denise Kilker & Beth Kilker
  • Tuesday, December 19 – 7pm PLC Program: “Painting and making bookmarks”, presented by Cathy Douglass. Christmas flowers to deliver to the homebound. Hospitality Chair – Mary Ann Jung
  • January – No meeting
  • Service Opportunities: Saturday, January 13 at 8:30am prepare lunch bags for the Right to Life March.  Sunday, January 21 after 11:30 Mass – prepare lunches for PADS.
  • Monday, February 12 – 7pm PLC Program: Susan Tutaj – “Taking time for God this Lent”.   Hospitality Chair:  Denise Doerries
  • Monday, March 12 – 11:30am.   PLC - Spring Luncheon – bring a guest! Program: To Be Determined; Easter flowers to deliver to the homebound. Hospitality Chair: Beth Kilker
  • Monday, April 9 – 7am PLC                                                       Program:  “Project Love and What is New at Illinois Right to Life”, presented by Eileen McGleam. Hospitality Chair: Cathy Douglass
  • Saturday, May 19 8am
  • May Mass and Crowning of the Virgin Mary Brunch following Mass – PLC Chair: Cathy Kuczynski
  • Tuesday, June 5, 6pm      June Dinner – Reserve 22 at The Links, Glen Ellyn   Program: Celebrating 90 Years as a Court and Installation of New Officers. Chair: Cathy Kuczynski

The National CDA Website