In addition to the work done on the local level by our courts, Catholic Daughters of the Americas supports the five special National Charitable Projects listed below. Through combined giving, each court and member gets an opportunity to support these worthwhile programs.
Habitat for Humanity
The Catholic Daughters in partnership with Habitat for Humanity work to build simple, decent, affordable homes for economically disadvantaged people so they can have a better environment in which to raise their families. We provide the finances for the house and also help to build these homes. Catholic Daughters have built in over 15 cities, donation to the 2005 tsunami, 20 homes in Mexico in 2008, and 4 homes in Haiti in 2010.
Holy Cross Family Rosary
“The family that prays together stays together” is the motto of the Holy Cross Family Ministries. Faithful to Mary, the Mother of God, The Family Rosary encourages family prayer, seeks not only to fulfill the need to share the message of prayer with those who are unfamiliar with the Rosary but also to strengthen the prayer life of the devout. We have supported this worthy cause since 1977.
The Laboure Society
They encourage vocations to religious communities. Sixty-five percent of their clients have been women who are unable to enter religious formation programs because of a financial impediment. Donations from CDA will help to make their vocation become a reality.
SOAR (Support Our Aging Religious)
SOAR was founded in 1986 with $25,000 seed money received from Catholic Daughters. Augmenting the efforts of the institutional Church, SOAR! is a non-profit organization of persons who are committed to assuring financially stable and personally secure futures for elderly and frail members of Catholic religious congregations.
National Center on Sexual ExploitationIn 1962 Morality in Media was established in New York City to combat pornography. In 2015, the name Morality in Media was changed to National Center on Sexual Exploitation. They promote the WRAP Campaign. The White Ribbon Against Pornography takes place at the end of October. A NCOSE newsletter is sent out with each National Quarterly.
In addition to five major National Projects there are ten National Charities endorsed and supported by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Local courts are able to choose from the following charities:
The North American College
Formation of men for the Priesthood of Jesus Christ at the Pontifical North American College is characterized by the four pillars of priestly formation as described in human, spiritual, intellectual, and academic development. There are about 160 seminarians, as well as numerous faculty members and graduate students, from across the United States, Canada and Australia.
Catholic Relief Services
In 1943 this international project was started to provide assistance to the people in the poorest parts of the world. They reach out to more than 100 countries with support such as food, medical supplies and religious assistance.
Apostleship of the Sea
In 1920 Port Ministry was conceived. Its goal is to provide spiritual, physical, and psychological services to seamen at port locations in the United States. They are always happy to receive toilet articles to place on board ships in ports at Christmas time.
Covenant House was founded 38 years ago with the mission to help homeless kids. Today, Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless, throwaway, and runaway kids.
On October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa received permission from the Holy See to start her own order, "The Missionaries of Charity", whose primary task was to love and care for those persons nobody was prepared to look after. In 1965 the Society became an International Religious Family by a decree of Pope Paul VI.
They operate under the direction of Sister-Doctor Anne Brooks. It serves the poorest of the poor in the Bayou country. It runs totally through donations allowing medical help to those who do not have the ability to seek or pay for services. They are happy to receive medical supplies/samples and over the counter medicines as well as clothes. Quilting and sewing supplies are always welcome. They sell quilting items in an attempt to become self-sufficient.
They are an international charity dedicated to helping the millions of children in the world who suffer from cleft lip and palate through free surgery for children, free training for doctors, and research to find a cure. 100% of the donations goes for the program and 0% to overhead. The average cost per surgery is presently $250 and takes about 45 minutes.
The Disaster Relief
CDA maintains a Disaster Fund to which our members contribute. At the request of the State Regent where a disaster occurs, monetary assistance is forwarded to the Bishop of that diocese for distribution. Recently donations were made to Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas due to hurricanes. Relief was sent to Mexico, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio and Texas experiencing major flooding. Dioceses received funds in Arkansas following tornados and West Virginia during a mine disaster.
Catholic Extension was founded in 1905, to help Catholics in remote areas lacking church buildings and resources. Their vision is to raise money to help bring the Catholic Church to these isolated communities. Today Catholic Extension serves 87 “mission dioceses”, funds approximately 2000 projects annually throughout the United States and its territories.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Helping maintain our beautiful Basilica in Washington DC.