Catholic Daughters of the Americas

As a part of the national Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA), Court Kavanaugh #54 is a women’s group deeply involved in parish life by sponsoring a variety of events, hosting charitable fundraisers and offering opportunities for spiritual growth.

The Court meets on the second Monday of  each month at 7:30 p.m., preceded by a social half-hour starting at 7 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Room, on the first floor of St. Mary’s Lyceum. The Court sponsors two spiritual day-retreats at Advent and Lent. Its members raise money for multiple charities including Wounded Warriors, Morality in the Media, the North American College in Rome, Covenant House for homeless teenagers, Blessed Mother Teresa sites, and the Laboure Society that encourages vocations to religious life.  In November we host an annual wine tasting called Divine Libations, our largest fundraiser of the year. We sponsor local educational awards given to students in parishes across the Arlington Diocese for various accomplishments including writing, poetry, computer art, photography and others.  The awards presentation event occurs every May in the Lyceum.

As a group, we visit local spiritual sites including the St. John Paul II Shrine, the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, DC.  Every fall we spend a morning of reflection at the Poor Clare Monastery in Alexandria, during which our priest-sponsor offers Mass, confession, adoration and spiritual talks.

The Junior Catholic Daughters is the youth program of the CDA.  The JDCA court at St. Mary’s is open to all Catholic girls in grades 2 through 12.  The primary goal is to promote the spiritual growth of our girls and encourage their service to the parish and local community.

Contact the apostolate leader Marguerite Mcauliffe at or by using this form.

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