By definition, a circle is a curved line with every point equal distance from the point of 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 “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 is 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.
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 indicated 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.
MEANING OF THE SPOKES
Education is a key ingredient which significantly impacts the long term success of our organization. Education helps bring us to fulfillment and helps improve attitudes. Education should include programs or activities that assist members to learn about CDA, its history, its charitable projects and charities, as well as the programs on the spokes of the Circle of Love. This could include topics of a spiritual nature, safety concerns and medical issues. Education may lead to higher participation in a whole range of activities. The CDA scholarships and Education Contests are a part of the education spoke. (CDA State Education Chairperson: Mary Jane Leal)
The CDA is primarily a service organization; however, service for the sake of service can become burdensome and more of an obligation than a joy. Through the spiritual program in each local and state court, we help our members to nourish and develop their relationships with God. Out of those developing relationships comes the realization of God’s love and everlasting mercy, and because of that realization, the desire to serve Him by serving His people grows.
Our service, then, becomes the way we witness our faith and share God’s love with a hurting world. Because of His guidance and support, we can serve with joy and faithfulness. In the Spiritual Enhancement section of the Circle of Love, you will find ways to provide opportunities for your members to spend time with God. You will find ideas for enhancing personal sanctification as well as suggestions for involving your members in the spiritual life of their parishes and communities. It is important that your court’s Spiritual Enhancement Program helps your members to understand that they are truly a sisterhood and that they need to be church to one another before they can be church to others. (CDA State Spiritual Enhancement Chairperson: Wynsdey Adams)
Quality of Life (Social Awareness) – issues of our national program are the heart of our ministering to the needs of all peoples. We are called to reach out with compassion and support, to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow and sickness. (CDA State Quality of Life Chairperson: Andrea Rodriguez-Ochoa)
In today’s society, there are many different types of families, each of which is equally viable as a supportive caring unit. A family is two or more people, who consider themselves family and who assume ns and responsibilities generally essential to a healthy family life style. Courts should continue to strengthen family relations by interacting with one another in service and work of the family community. Families praying together, working together and playing together will fully encompass the Circle of Love Program. (CDA State Family Chairperson: Diana Dottore)
Dedicated and inspired leadership over the last 100 years in the Catholic Daughters has kept CDA the largest Catholic women’s organization in the world. You, as a member of CDA, have the opportunity to learn the skills and techniques of leadership and implement your talents as a future leader. Hopefully, this will give you the skills and confidence to step forward to become an officer in your local court. In so doing, you will become one of those leaders who have vision and get others to share that vision. You will be the inspiration for others to follow. (CDA State Leadership Chairperson: Karen Aguirre)
Our obligation is to become better informed on public issues, addressing the morals and human dimension, while supporting church teaching on human life, human rights, justice and peace. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas DO NOT ENDORSE CANDIDATES OR ANY POLITICAL PARTY!
Operation Morning Star is a program of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas to Our Lady under her title Morning Star, to encourage Catholic women to speak out in the legislative arena. (CDA State Legislation Chairperson: Maureen Laubacher)
Tomorrow’s promise lives in today’s youth. In responding to their needs today, we shape a better future for all. Every Catholic Daughters of the Americas court can fulfill the goals of the Youth Program by committing itself to sponsor, participate in, and/or support at least one youth activity. This can be accomplished by working collaboratively with existing community and parish youth groups such as the youth ministry, social action groups, local schools, or by sponsoring a Junior CDA Court. The selection and scope of the activity should be determined by the needs and/or interests of the youth in the community. It is the mission of the Youth Program to nurture personal and spiritual growth; to promote service to others and to foster an awareness and appreciation of diversity through a variety of suggested activities and experiences. (CDA State Youth Chairperson: Linda Towne)
Each Circle of Love has a local chairperson, a state chairperson and a national chairperson. For more information, review the Circle of Love page on our National Website.
For Local State Chairs contact information, click here.