HASTINGS (SNR/CDA) – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court William McDonald #1009 gathered May 4 to celebrate 90 years of existence in Hastings.
Thirty-nine of the 130 members attended Mass together, celebrated by court chaplain Father Michael Houlihan.
Cookies and ice cream were served at the meeting after Mass, and one of the longest-serving members, Marie Borino, gave a talk about the history of the court.
Marie Butler, regent for 2016-18, shared a newspaper article and picture about the 35 new members who were received into the court in 1972.
Many Catholic Daughters were honored for their years of membership in the court. They were Antoinette Billesbach, 55 years; Kay Hoffman, 50 years; Rose Mary Langdon, 45 years; Delores Michalek and Mary Marshall, 35 years; and Cookie Hervert, Carol Kiolbasa, Theresa Kulek and Wanda Kumke, 30 years.
The Catholic Daughter of the Year was announced: Jean Rynearson.
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas was founded in 1903 in New York by the Knights of Columbus. In 1908, the first court in the Lincoln Diocese was established in Falls City. Seven more courts were subsequently established in Lincoln, David City, Plattsmouth, York, Hastings, Nebraska City, and Wahoo. There are currently 35 courts and 2,800 members in the state of Nebraska.
The purposes of the organization are to participate in the religious, charitable and educational apostolates of the Church, and to engage in creative and spiritual programs which provide its members with the opportunity to develop God-given talents in meaningful ways that positively influence the welfare of the Church and all people throughout the world.
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.