The first circle of the Order was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1897, for the purpose of uniting all Catholic women in a sisterhood to achieve the following aims…
“You, as women, have your own gift to offer to the Church – a gift that is very precious and very needed.”
The members of St. Fidelis Circle #364 of Victoria, Kansas celebrated their 90th anniversary of their circle (chartered on May 9, 1926) with a mass and dinner for family and friends. A May crowning was held during mass at the Basilica of St. Fidelis. Fifty-year Daughter of Isabella member, Ethel Younger, was given the honor of crowning the Virgin Mary statue. Four Capuchin priests were concelebrants for the mass and the Fourth Degree Knights served as honor guards for the procession. Four Kansas State officers and four surrounding circle members were in attendance. The festivities included various speakers, entertainment and a delicious meal. 50-year members were honored as well as those who have been members for 60 years or more, with Rosie Schulte noted as being the longest member for 71 years. Candles were lit during a special memorial service for the deceased members and chaplains.
This anniversary celebration of the St. Fidelis Circle charter illustrates the pride that the members have in the Daughters of Isabella. The local circle is the rock of our organization. Wisdom comes with experience and the test of time. Our world is ever-changing and our success, growth, and faith are tested with new challenges each day. As circles, and as individuals, our wisdom and courage to continue through those challenges, are a fine example of our motto of Unity, Friendship and Charity.
Our Lady of Fatima Circle 834 of Baraboo Wisconsin were very busy in 2016. Their various activities are promoted and shared with members and the community by newsletters and newspaper articles.
With the Jubilee Year of Mercy in their hearts, Our Lady of Fatima Circle 834, sponsored a pilgrimage in June to two Doors of Mercy in Wisconsin. The Basilica of Holy Hill, Shrine of Mary-Help of Christians and the Shoenstatt Shrine in Madison Wisconsin have both been named Holy Doors of Mercy. Mass was celebrated in the Basilica. After lunch they traveled to Shoenstatt Shrine and enjoyed a lesson in the history of the shrine. It was a wonderful trip spent in faith and friendship. They developed new friendships with members of other parishes and created memories to cherish. When was the last time your circle sponsored a pilgrimage?
In response to the 40 Days for Life campaign, they sponsored a donation drive for Women’s Care Center of Madison. In addition to donations, they, with rosary in hand, volunteered over 100 hours to praying for an end to abortion. They greeted the United 40 Day for Life Bus Tour and signed the bus with the circle name and motto to be seen by all as the bus travels from state to state.
In October the members participated in a pilgrimage of almost 8 miles to close out the Year of Mercy. They lead the rosary on the long walk to Camp Gray. There they participated in mass and helped provide lunch to the travelers at the end of their journey. As Daughters of Isabella, they came together in Unity, Friendship and Charity.