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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Catholic Daughters install officers, welcome new members

by Bonita Lawhead, Inland Register staff

(From the July 4, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

Eight new members were welcomed into Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 196 June 18. Their induction took place at a formal ceremony during a Mass held at the Knights of Columbus hall in Spokane. Msgr. John Steiner, vicar general of the Diocese of Spokane, was celebrant.

Joining Court 196 were Frances Conley, JoAnn Curtis, Winifred Doohan, Norma Foubert, Judith Scherer, Arleen Spragg, Maria Waitt, and Berniece Williams.

The Court’s new officers were also installed during the Mass. Pat Connell is the new regent. Other officers are Carol Shaw, vice-regent; Shirley Pantaleo, financial secretary; Providence Sister Lillian Deslauriers, secretary; and Ginny Terpening, treasurer.

Washington state regent Marge Pool and Washington state vice-regent Lisa Jensen were among the special guests.

History of the national organization of the Catholic Daughters dates back to 1903, when it was founded by the Knights of Columbus. Its purpose is to “participate in the religious, charitable, and educational apostolate of the church.” It is the largest Catholic women’s organization in the Americas, with over 150,000 members. Washington state has 19 Courts with 1,530 members.

Locally, the 96 members of Court 196 do a host of good works. They give financial support to a seminarian at Bishop White and a priest studying at Gonzaga University. They assist financially with a Guatemalan child and make contributions to a number of organizations such as the House of Charities, St. Margaret Shelter and the Women’s Drop-in Center.

The group provides over 2,000 rosaries a year for distribution and collect toiletries and gift items for the Apostleship of the Sea. They also visit the sick and homebound and have a prayer apostolate with prayer partners and a prayer chain.

They have an educational program to reach young people in Catholic schools and religious education classes.

Not all is ministry. Social aspects of the organization include an upcoming Mass, luncheon and cruise in conjuction with the Coeur d’Alene CDA Court.

The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through June. Call Regent Carroll at (208) 772-2559 for more information on CDA activities or membership.

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