"CDA 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 of all." CDA Mission Statement
The CDA is an organization for Catholic lay and religious women, 18 years of age or older, who love and support the Church and wish to participate in social and charitable activities. The CDA is the largest national organization of Catholic women in the world dedicated to strengthen their spiritual life through Christ and his Church. The organization was founded in 1903 by the Knights of Columbus in Utica, New York and today has organized in the United States, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Guam and Phillipines. In 1925 the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA) was founded for girls 6 through 18.