Washingtonville - Helene Shepard was elected to a two-year terms as national secretary-treasurer at the recent Catholic Daughters of the Americas 53rd biennial national convention in Buffalo. In her new position, Shepard will work with the four other CDA national officers - the top governing leadership of the Catholic Daughters - to determine policy and administer the organization. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. A charitable and spiritual Catholic organization, the Catholic Daughters donate their time and money to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” Shepard is a member of Court Margaret Mary #768 in Monroe. She worships at St. Mary’s Parish in Washingtonville, where she has been active for 40 years, serving as lector, Eucharistic minister, religious education teacher, chairman of the building campaign and currently as parish trustee. She became a Catholic Daughter in 1982. Since then, she has held many national and state leadership positions, including national director, national leadership chairman, state regent and state vice regent.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas The CDA was formed over 100 years ago and today numbers 85,000 dues-paying members in more than 1,400 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The motto of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas is “Unity and Charity.” Catholic Daughter women enjoy each other’s company at meetings and work diligently for their parishes and communities. For further information about the Catholic Daughters, call National Executive Director Peggy O’Brien at:212-877-3041 or visit www.catholicdaughters.org.