The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the longest-running organizations for Catholic women. There are groups across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. Established in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Daughters’ mission, according to their website, is to “provide local spirituality, sharing, and activity under the support of a vibrant national organization.”
“We’re the largest international organization of Catholic women in the world dedicated to spiritual life,” says Blessed Sacrament’s Mary Phelan.
The women of Court Queen of Peace consist of members from Blessed Sacrament and Resurrection parishes. The group currently has 59 members, 10 of whom are new. There are three courts in Grand Island.
“It’s a great organization,” Mary says. “It’s just a nice group of ladies — many of my friends are in it. That makes it rewarding.”
The group serves in many different ways in our parish and local community. The members support the Holy Father, bishop, and clergy, while also encouraging vocations to religious life, building homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, organizing and participating in pro-life activities, and hosting educational contests.
The women are involved with issues involving church, family, and society. They assist the underprivileged and homeless and bring food for the food pantry and clothing for the children. They also provide food for different events — from the parish blood drives to the local summer school lunch program. In addition, they host an annual Bake Sale as their primary fundraiser for the year.
Mary has been a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas since 1995 and enjoys serving in various initiatives and gathering in fellowship with other women. She says the group provides an opportunity for women to gain leadership skills, community, broadened horizons, and a sense of accomplishment.
“I think it’s an important part of the church,” she says. “It’s a special blessing to be a Catholic Daughter. We strive to be spirit-filled women, and we are dedicated to our patroness, the Blessed Mother.”
The Court Queen of Peace group meets on the third Thursday of the month at Blessed Sacrament to pray, discuss business items, and share updates on current projects. The women also engage in fellowship together during this time. There is an annual membership fee of $30 to support the broader mission of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Any women over the age of 18 are welcome to come visit one of the meetings without obligation. For more information, please contact Mary Phelan at 308-382-0311.