Catholic Daughters

The Catholic Daughter’s of America was formed in 1903 in Utica, New York by John E. Carberry and several other Knights of Columbus.  It was formed as a charitable, benevolent and patriotic sorority for Catholic ladies.   The name chosen for this group was called The National Order of Isabella.  The motto was, “We are dedicated to the principles of Unity and Charity.”

In 1921 the order changed their name to its current one, “The Catholic Daughters of the America’s.” It was during this time that the Knights of Columbus disassociated itself from the Catholic Daughter’s, allowing them to become their own entity.

The Catholic Daughter’s went from 90 courts in 1924 to 1,250 courts today. We have courts in 45 states and we also have courts in Mexico, Guam,  and The Virgin Islands.

The Catholic Daughters work very hard for both our parish and our community at large.  We are deeply spiritual and have a deep love for  our God, our country and our parish.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas continues to live out its motto of "Unity and Charity" today.





Catholic Daughters Programs

One of the programs that The Catholic Daughters of the Americas support is the Circle of Love. Below is a description of what the Circle of Love is and what it is.  We here at St. Teresa’s Court try to support several “points” of this Circle of Love, including Life, Youth, Education and Leadership.

Circle of Love

By definition, a circle is a curved line with every point equal distance from the point to the center and bound together by a common interest. The seven point program of the "Circle of Love" is bound together by the common interest - love.

The image above is symbolic of our CIRCLE OF LOVE program. By definition, a circle is a curved line with every point equal distance from the point of the center and bound together by the common interest. The seven point program of the CIRCLE OF LOVE is bound together by the common interest- LOVE.

The small heart in the center is taken from the logo of the HEART SPEAKS TO HEART program. By utilizing this portion of the logo and part of the Heart Speaks to Heart program that is compatible with the Circle of Love, a smooth transition occurs.

The Cross and Crown in the center of the heart is the national symbol of the Order- the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

The seven points selected indicate the needs of the Church and community best served by the Catholic Daughters. The program itemizes these needs with suggestions on how Catholic Daughters can effectively serve. Please click on the heart above each individual point to learn more about it.

The "CIRCLE OF LOVE' program portions of this Web site are gathered to assist Catholic Daughters in working with the Church and community. We are indeed very aware of the needs in society that are deeply affecting today's generation, the elderly, and human life. To be effective in promoting good works, we must reach out and make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering, whether it be through their own fault or the circumstances in which they find themselves. If we are to be "Jesus hands and feet" as is pledged in the Act of Consecration during the Installation Ceremony, then we must use the talents He gave us, become educated in new fields, volunteer our services and financial assistance where needed.

Local Courts are asked to select those portions of the programs that their members feel comfortable working on in their area.  If many projects are selected, the task can become burdensome and little is accomplished. Members need to experience fulfillment when the projects are completed. This can happen when courts are selective in choosing court programs.

Many persons were involved in the formation of "Circle of Love". The National Board, members of the National Office and State Officers all had a part in the final adaptation. Thanks goes to each one of them.

Contact Information

Name Patty Lopez