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Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Under the patronage of the Blessed Mother, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas are united by their faith in Jesus Christ and in their devotion to the church. CDA was founded in Utica, New York in 1903 by John E. Carberry and several other Knights of Columbus as a charitable, benevolent and patriotic sorority for Catholic ladies and is dedicated to the principles of “Unity and Charity,” the CDA motto. CDA members donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.

Installation of Court St. Helena of the Cross #2679 occurred on Sunday July 6, 2014 in which Rev. Lenin Naffate, Pastor of St. Helena’s Catholic Church, was the celebrant of the Mass. Prior to the installation ritual, CDA District Deputy Fran Stegge invited additional women from the congregation to join the Catholic daughters and 8 additional members stepped forward in response to the invitation.

CDA Court St. Helena of the Cross #2679 has been blessed for the 2018-2020 with the following leaders:   Regent-Yolanda DeLeon; Vice-Regent-Arcie Saenz; Recording Secretary-Toni Harkiewicz; Financial Secretary-Bea Salas; Treasurer-Shirley Black; Marilyn Hoster- District Deputy #62; and Rev. Lénin E. Náffate- Court Chaplain.


charter member circle

The following  Charter Members are the original founding members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Helena of the Cross #2679, San Antonio, TX.


Katherine Adamsen Alma Algermissen Mary Anne Arredondo
Diana Becerra Denise Beitel Shirley Black
Melissa Boaz Delia Cañamar, (deceased) Yvette Casablanca
Ernestina Cerda Maria Cervantes Beatrice Clement
Loretta Dawson Mary Lou DeLeon Yolanda DeLeon
Michele DuBois Melissa Evans Jessica Figueroa
Amalia Forina Melva Gonzalez Danette Hanson
Kathy Harrison Angelica Hayes Amalia Hensley
Isabel Hernandez Emily Hoch Beth Jarzombek
Terri Jesse Blanca Luz Kreiner Marilyn Lehnis
Patricia Lewis Florence Lobo Carrie Lyons
Sandra Lystad Diana Marmolejo Kimberly Martin
Mickey McCurdy Suzanne McCurdy-Prunty Toni Miller
Lupe Montalvo Betty Palinkas Christine Palinkas
Maria Peters Eneida (Angel) Pleasant Maribel Ramirez
Joanne Rees Susan Richardson Margaret Robles
Maria Duana Saenz Terri Schofield Cora Scott
Jessica Shelnutt Sonia Tarin Bette Tower, deceased)
Jennifer Tower Henrietta Umpierre Roselind Vallejo
Maria Vasquez Ida Vincent Angie Whitestone
Dolores Zuniga Laura Zuniga
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