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Statue of Saint MaryOne of the largest organizations of Catholic women in the world, dedicated to strengthening their spiritual life through Christ and His Church, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas was founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus in Utica, New York. We are organized in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Kenya, and Peru. Catholic lay and religious women 18 years of age or older, who love and support the Church and wish to participate in social and charitable activities are welcome to join.

Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA), our national youth program for girls age 6 through 18, was founded in 1925. Click here to learn more about JCDA.

In addition to opportunities at the local and national level for fellowship with other Daughters who pursue our mission of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and dignity for all, Daughters experience the opportunity to give and receive. By giving of your time, talent, ideas, knowledge, dedication, and enthusiasm, you'll receive spiritual enrichment, leadership skills, affirmation, community, broadened horizons, and a marked sense of accomplishment. Daughters also receive SHARE, the award-winning, quarterly magazine of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

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What We Do -->


  • Enhancement of Spiritual Life
  • Support of the Holy Father, Bishops and Clergy
  • Vocations to the religious life
  • Evangelization
  • Mission activities
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Mother Teresa
  • Right to life
  • Adopt-a-Child program
  • Battered spouses and child abuse
  • Scholarships and educational contests


Blue Saint Mary

  • Teen pregnancy and suicide
  • Civic programs
  • Morality in Media
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Elderly
  • Prison Apostolate
  • Aid to flood and disaster victims
  • Apostolate of the Sea
  • Rural life
  • Patriotism
  • Veteran' support
  • Project Handclasp (U.S. Navy)