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2021 Maria Rau Memorial Scholarship

Posted on September 30, 2020 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (42)

New Jersey CDA State Scholarship 2021



Applications for the 2021 NJ State Court Scholarship, “Maria Rau Memorial Scholarship”, will be available from the State Education Chairperson, Justine Romanelli, beginning in December 2020.

This scholarship is open to any child/grandchild of a New Jersey CDA member. The student must be a resident of NJ, currently a high school senior, and attending a four year college in September 2021 as a freshman. A total grant of $4,000 ($1,000 per year) will be deposited in a special student account.

Please write for an application and include the name and address of the student or CDA member who is to receive the application. The application will be mailed directly to the student or member or Court Regent as indicated in the application request letter. Local Court Regents and Education Chairpersons are asked to follow up with members who have requested applications to remind them of the deadline date.

Applications and the required documentations are to be postmarked by April 1, 2021, and sent to the State Education Chairperson. The student’s application must be signed by Court Regent.


To request a 2021 CDA State Scholarship Application – write to:


Ms. Justine Romanelli

NJ State Court Education

485 Danver Lane

Belford, NJ 07718-1009


2021 National Education Contest Information

Posted on September 30, 2020 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (123)

2021 National Education Contest



The themes and procedures for the 2021 National Education Contest have been sent to State Regents and Local Court Regents . Details of the contest, student/member entry form, and local court form are included in the Quarterly Newsletter received in September. Local Court Regents should forward the information and forms to the Court Education Chairperson.

This year’s themes are “Let All You Do Be Done With Love” or “Show Love To One Another”. The contest is open to students in grades 4-5 in Essay, Poetry, Art, Computer Art; grades 6-8 and 9-12 in Essay, Poetry, Art, Computer Art, Music, and Photography; and for adult CDA members in Poetry, Art, and Photography. All entries must be of the contestant’s own imagination and creation. The rules for each category are detailed in the information from National CDA. Please note some changes. Information and forms are also available on CDA website at under Member Resources/Forms.

Please be sure each student/adult CDA member completes the required 2021 Education Contest Entry Form. The entire full page entry form must be taped or glued to the back of the entry. This form must be fully and legibly completed and signed by the student/member. Do not fold or roll entries. All Poetry and Essay contest entries must be typed.

Only one first place winning entry in each division (not one per theme) from each Court is to be submitted to the State Chairperson postmarked no later than March 1, 2021. Submissions to local courts should be by Feb.1 or earlier to allow March 1 delivery to State Chair. Please be sure all winning entries meet contest rules before selecting winners at the local court level.

Local Court Education Chairpersons must complete the 2021 State Education Contest Cover Sheet with names of first place winners and school, and submit with first place entries.

Send first place entries with completed entry form attached and the Court’s cover sheet postmarked no later than March 1, 2021, to:


Ms. Justine Romanelli

CDA State Education

485 Danver Lane

Belford, NJ 07718-1009


JCDA College Scholarship

Posted on September 30, 2020 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

National Scholarship Opportunities 2021

9th Grade Catholic High School Scholarships

JCDA College Scholarship



The National Court will award two $1000 scholarships to 8th grader entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2021 to a Catholic High School. Applicant must be Catholic, may be male or female, and does not have to have a relative who is a CDA member. An essay, required documents and application must be submitted directly to National Chairman of Youth/JCDA, as listed on application, postmarked no later than April 1, 2021.

There is also a $1000 scholarship for a Junior Catholic Daughter entering college in the fall of 2021. Applicant must be Catholic and entering freshman year in college. Applicant must be a member of JCDA for at least two years. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 1, 2021, and mailed directly to National Youth/JCDA Chairman.

Information, rules, and application for the scholarships are contained in the September Quarterly Letter from National CDA. All entries for scholarships are to be sent to National Chairman as noted on the applications. Forms and information on scholarship opportunities may also be found at under Member Resources/Forms/Juniors.


Tourches will remember

Posted on September 27, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

This year the Torches will remember all those who have passed away during this pandemic - Covid or Non-Covid related.

We invite you to add your loved ones name to a Tribute Wall we have created. These names will be read out loud during the Lighting Ceremony on 10/31/20. At Audrey's suggestion, I have added CDA remembrance.

Tribute Wall Memorial

We encourage you to add the names of your deceased loved ones on the wall, and dedicate a message.



Joann Morrison

Ct St Rose of Lima #737, Freehold

New Elected National Officers

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

National Officers


Sherry Nilles – National Regent

Emily Guilherme – National Regent-Elect

Susan Moné – First Vice National Regent

Essie Walker – Second Vice National Regent

Connie Dronette – National Secretary-Treasurer

NJ State Court Raffle

Posted on April 16, 2020 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (1)

We have filled for an extension of our State Raffle Date.   Hopefully, the new date for the State Raffle drawing will be September 12, 2020

Please remember to return all raffle tickets and money.  Please try to sell all raffle tickets as this funds our Scholarships.

CDA National Convention

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 6:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The CDA National Convention will be held in Dallas, Texas on July 15 through July 19, 2020.   * Unfortunately, due to COVID 19 the convention has been cancelled.

Please see message from our National Regent:


Worthy State Regents,

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the 202o National Convention has been cancelled. Please send the following letter to each court in your state either by email or by US mail. Everyone needs to be aware of the info surrounding the closing of the convention. If you have a nomination for the nominating committee, please send it to me. If you are approached for an endorsement to "run from the floor," please deliberate and answer quickly. Do not keep the potential candidate waiting as she will have a quick turnaround time to get her packet into me. I am sorry for the inconvenience that this causes. Most airlines have a covid policy for cancelled events and refunds or rescheduling of flights. Again, I am very sorry that this had to happen. God bless you all!


Olga Samaniego

National Regent



Day of Recollection

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 9:30 am - St. Joseph's Shrine in Stirling, NJ cost is $45 per person

Monday, May 17, 2021 - San Alfonso's in Long Branch, NJ is schedule. 

New Jersey State Convention

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

April 24 and 25, 2021 - NJ State Convention will be held at the Embassy Suites in Piscataway, NJ.  More information to come.  We would love to see you join us.

Officers Workshops

Posted on March 10, 2020 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

September, November, and December, 2020 - three officer workshops are planned.  Please watch for further information.