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Catholic Daughters of the Americas Award two Scholarships

LINCOLN (SNR/PX) - Two students from Pius X High School in Lincoln are receiving the gift of a Catholic education thanks to the generosity of the Lincoln chapter of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA), St. Charles Court #472.

The court awarded the scholarships to junior Prisca Kondohoma and sophomore Jaelle Kondohoma, who met and thanked the court’s officers during their visit to Pius X Feb. 7. The students – each of whom received $500 toward their tuition – were also presented with a rosary.

The CDA scholarships were awarded in memory of St. Charles Court #472 members Madge Franssen and Marjorie Walker. The late Mrs. Franssen joined CDA in 1966 and died Aug. 23, 2011. Ms. Walker joined CDA in 2010 and died Aug. 26, 2012.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas – formed more than 100 years ago and with 95,000 members in 1,250 courts (local chapters nationwide) – is an organization of women whose motto, "Unity and Charity," exemplifies their commitment to the Catholic faith through numerous charitable endeavors. The court’s mission is to "embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality, and the advancement of human rights and dignity for all."

The Lincoln court of CDA was established more than 90 years ago, and currently has more than 100 members. Locally, the organization has supported charities such as Birthright, St. Gianna’s women’s Homes, St. Gregory the Great Seminarian burse, FOCUS, the televised Mass for the Homebound, St. Vincent de Paul groups, and many others. Throughout Nebraska parishes, there are 35 CDA courts with more than 3,000 members.

The scholarship awarded to Pius X students reflects the organization’s commitment to promoting educational programs that enhance the Catholic faith and the well-being of families.

"Catholic education at the high school level is crucial because, as we all know, college can have a lot of peer pressure for other things," said Marvalee Richardson, the court’s regent. "It gives one the basis to hold your own, and keeps you grounded as you make life-changing decisions."

"There is great value in a Catholic education," added Mary Anne Classen, financial secretary. A parent of Pius X alumni, Classen said she was was pleased to be on hand as the CDA awarded the scholarships. Her three children – Adam ‘98, Nolan ‘99, and Anne (Classen) Engel ’02 – attended St. Mary and North American Martyrs grade schools and graduated from Pius X. "When children go to Catholic school they are taught to live their faith because faith building, developing moral character and forming a Christian value system are a part of their daily routine," she says.

Classen said strong faith formation during the formative high school years at Pius X helped each of her children build a strong foundation that serves them to this day.

"It was a great blessing to have young priests teaching religion in high school," she said, noting that learning about right and wrong and moral truths in high school helped navigate her children during their college years. "When children are taught to live the Catholic faith both at home and in school, it builds a good foundation for their adult lives."

For more information on Lincoln’s Catholic Daughters St. Charles Court, contact Marvalee Richardson (Cathedral of the Risen Christ) at 402-488-6098, Mary Anne Classen (North American Martyrs) at 402-476-9781, Mary Jaros (Sacred Heart) at 402-464-2782, or Pat Kreifels (St. Joseph) at 402-488-6362.

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