Seyfried to lead national Catholic DaughtersPublished 11:04am Thursday, August 2, 2012 Updated 11:18am Thursday, August 2, 2012
Shirley Seyfried of Battle Lake never hit a ceiling after climbing step-by-step to the top of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas organization.
Although she isn’t actually on top of the organization yet, she has been elected to the position of National Regent Elect. In 2014, she will take the title of National Regent, the highest position of the 75,000-member organization.
Seyfried moved to Fergus Falls in 1977 and joined the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in the fall of 1978 through Our Lady of Victory church. The organization covers 45 states, three territories and Mexico.
Shortly after joining the organization, she was named First Vice Regent of Fergus Falls. She then moved up to City Regent. Four years later she was elected Minnesota State Treasurer. When her four year term was up, she ran for Second Vice Regent of Minnesota. She hit the top of the state ladder when she was named Regent of Minnesota.
Seyfried then decided to make a run at the national level. She was first elected Secretary Treasurer, then Second Vice National Regent, then First Vice National Regent, and on July 21, 2012, she was installed as National Regent Elect. This is the final position she will be elected to, and she will spend the next two years helping the National Regent and learning the ropes before she takes over.
“It has been a humbling and exciting experience,” Seyfried said. “I hope I can do a good job, and I certainly will try hard.”
Once she became involved with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas on a national level, Seyfried had her eye on the position of National Regent.
In 2014 she will go to Billings, Mont., to make her dream a reality.
“It’s a wonderful organization,” she said. “You meet people from all over the country, and they become like sisters to you.”
The organization keeps Seyfried busy. A national convention is held every two years, and she frequently travels to oversee the work of various states.
While her husband, Dave, enjoys joining Seyfried on road trips, the couple ran into a road block two years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer. After going through radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and more chemotherapy, he is now cancer-free.
“We had Catholic Daughters all over the country praying for him,” Seyfried said. “We are really convinced that’s one of the reasons he got better.”
Support from her husband, four children and nine grandchildren have helped her get to where she is today, Seyfried said.
Now that she has been named National Regent Elect, Seyfried’s main goals are to grow the organization and help the five national organizations supported by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas: Habitat for Humanity, Support our Aging Religious, Smile Train, Holy Family Ministry and a disaster relief fund.
“It’s still hard to believe this has all happened,” Seyfried said. “It’s still sinking in.”