Catholic Daughters of the Americas
Court St. Mary #2158, Guthrie, Oklahoma
Back in 1976, the women in St. Mary Parish, with the blessing of then-pastor Father Richard Beckman, made the decision to start a Catholic Daughters court. It has endured for 37 years, and our first regent, Barbara Ruhl, remains an important figure in court activities.
Barbara said, “We had no ladies organization back then, so we searched for one and found Catholic Daughters. Over the years, it has been an honor and a privilege to be part of Court St. Mary and also to have the opportunity to meet and work with Catholic Daughters at state and national levels. I am proud of all we have achieved.”
Currently, our Court has more than 55 members who focus on serving the parish and the community and furthering its devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each meeting begins with recitation of the Rosary.
The Court meets monthly on the first Monday at 7 p.m. in the downstairs church hall. Among the Court’s activities are: the parish Thanksgiving dinner, Birth Choice Shower, CDA Education Contest, Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Angel Tree, funeral dinners, CDA Senior Citizens project and the list goes on.
Women who join the Court find friends, pray together and work on projects benefitting the parish and the community. On a larger scale, the Court supports programs like Project Handclasp through the United States Navy and Smile Train.
Motto: Unity and Charity
Colors: Purple and Gold
Emblem: Cross and Crown
Mission Statement: The purposes of the organization are to participate in the religious, charitable and educational apostolates of the Church. Catholic Daughters of the Americas engages in creative and spiritual programs which provide its members with the opportunity to develop their God-given talents in meaningful ways that positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world. Catholic Daughters of the Americas strives to embrace the principal of faith through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.
For more information contact Regent Michele Blank (405) 205-5103.