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Seyfried voted regent elect of Catholic Daughters of the Americas [UPDATED]

Published 7:07am Monday, July 30, 2012 Updated 12:14pm Monday, July 30, 2012

Shirley Seyfried of Battle Lake was voted national regent elect on July 20 at the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) 54th Biennial National Convention in Omaha, Neb.

Mrs. Seyfried will begin her two-year term on Aug. 16, 2012.

In her position as national regent elect, Mrs. Seyfried is second-in-command among the five national officers — the top governing leadership of the Catholic Daughters — that determine policy and administer the organization nationally.

She will automatically become national regent, the position equivalent to president, in Aug. 2014.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas.

Formed in 1903, today it numbers 75,000 dues-paying members in 1,250 courts (local chapters) in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam and the Virgin Islands

Mrs. Seyfried is a member of Court St. Cabrini #1466 in Fergus Falls, which is affiliated with Our Lady of Victory Parish, also in Fergus Falls.

Court Chaplain is Rev. Greg Paffel, pastor of Our Lady of Victory.

Court St. Cabrini was formed in 1948 and has approximately 80 members.

Among the area charities the court supports are Habitat for Humanity (Mrs. Seyfried is also a national chairman for Habitat for Humanity), Our Lady of Victory Catholic School and Minnesota Life Care Centers.

Among the Catholic Daughter National Projects the court supports are Habitat for Humanity and Smile Train.

Mrs. Seyfried became a Catholic Daughter in 1978.

She is national chairman of the Habitat for Humanity and website committees, and a member of the National Ceremonials Committee.

She served as chairman of the 2012 National Catholic Daughter Convention and was Liturgy chairman for the 2006 National convention.

Local and state committee chairmanships include the Education Contest, the Herberger’s Community Day Sale and The Mother-Daughter Banquet.

Seyfried organized the Minnesota Alzheimer’s Safe Return project, the Gummi Bear Drive to support it, and served as Chairman from 1996-1998.

The Gummi Bear Drive is now used to support Habitat for Humanity.

She worships at Our Lady of the Lake parish in Battle Lake.

Readers seeking to learn more about the Catholic Daughters should call National Executive Director Peggy O’Brien at 212-877-3041 or visit


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