New Jersey Catholic Daughters of the Americas

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Here is where you will find the latest news about what New Jersey Catholic Daughters are doing to spread Unity and Charity throughout the State. 

There are presently 28 local courts and one junior court located in Woodbridge. 

Watch for upcoming feature stories.


Mission Statement:   Catholic  Daughters of the Americas strives     to  embrace  the  principle  of  faith  working through love in the promotion  of  justice,  equality and  the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.             






State Regent

Maria Rau


 First Vice

State Regent

 Audrey Spenard


Second Vice

State Regent

Theresa Dieterich


State Secretary

Dawn Toal



State Treasurer

 Loretta Zimmer


State Chaplain

 Deacon Don Zampella


 National Representative

Peggy Guckin











A Message from the State Regent 

Our State Convention will be held on April 1-2,  2017 at the  Sheraton  Hotel  in  Eatontown,  NJ.  Our  theme is “Speak Lord, I Love to Listen to Your Voice”.   Saturday evening is fun night, and we will have an Easter Bonnet Contest.  It has to be homemade.  All information about the  Convention  has  been  sent  to  the Court Regents.

We  all   look  forward  to  a  productive  and  enjoyable Convention.


Congratulations to Court Anastasia #1041, Teaneck, celebrating their 90th Anniversary in February; Court St. Rose of Lima #737, Freehold, celebrating their 95th Anniversary in April; and Court St. Mary of the Lake #310, Lakewood, celebrating their 100th Anniversary in April. You should all be proud of your service to the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and all the good works you have accomplished over the years.

Raffle tickets have been mailed to all the Courts. Tickets are $1.00 each and there are 5 tickets in a book. This raffle benefits our Scholarship Fund. As you know, we award a $1,000.00 scholarship for 4 years to a graduating senior who is a son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter of a Catholic Daughter. This totals an outlay of $4,000.00 each year ($1,000.00 each for our new Freshman plus our Sophomore, Junior and Senior). We did not have a fundraiser for this purpose for several years, and we have been playing catch-up since then. We ask each Catholic Daughter to take one book (more if you can). Thank you so much for your support of this project. 

Palm Sunday is April 9 followed by Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord on April 16.  May God bless you and your families during this Holy Season!

                            In Unity and Charity,

Maria Rau,  State Regent


 A Message from our State Chaplain

  Christmas decorations are put away.   The house is back to normal, the Church tells us we are now in ordinary times. Don’t be sad for Emanuel, God, is with us. Besides, we have started Lent, and in this season we should be thinking more about God and His love for us.

What did you give up for Lent? Did you give up candy or cake, or maybe something truly sacrificial?   Maybe giving up meat for the entire Lenten season, for example....and you thought that was only for monks and priests!

Although Ash Wednesday was a few weeks ago, it’s not too late to catch up!  How about visiting someone who has been separated from us for a long time, such as a brother or sister or a CDA sister, or attending Mass once or twice during the week for the rest of Lent? Why not ask a fallen away Catholic to attend Mass with you. You could pick them up and bring them home as an incentive to join you?

There are many things we can do FOR OTHERS that are truly a sacrifice. Did not Jesus the Christ sacrifice for us? Think about the sacrifice God made by becoming a human. Don’t you think that was a sacrifice? Pray about what you can do, not what you can’t do.

May this winter season be peaceful and fruitful as we approach the end of the Lenten season.  May His Wisdom lead all of us.

               Deacon Don Zampella, State Chaplain



Local Officers:  Send me your e-mail addresses so the State Board can better communicate with you.  I will be sure to forward them to the State Board members.  (Include name and title.)

Send to:  Dolores Berardicelli



A Stewardship Prayer

Lord and Creator….You are the source of wisdom and grace, the author of human freedom and creativity.  We thank you for these gifts and ask that you teach us to be good stewards of our creative spirits.

Show us how to quiet ourselves and to learn the art of reflection and relaxation so that we might recharge and refill ourselves for the work you have planned for us.

Help us never to be too busy to pause and realize your gracious presence all around us, in nature, in other people, in ourselves.  Slow us down, Lord, and teach us to be stewards of our time and recreation.  Amen.


Catholic Daughters of the Americas
10 West 71st Street
New York, NY 10023





Diocese of Camden

Catholic Star Herald    856-583-6147

Diocese of Metuchen

The Catholic Spirit    732-562-2424

Archdiocese of Newark

The Catholic Advocate     973-479-4200

Diocese of Paterson

The Beacon     973-279-8845

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The Monitor     956-683-4400