Daughters of Isabella
Our Legacy, Our Future
This 110 year Isabellan history unfolds in two ways: visual, with approximately 200 beautiful and historic pictures from our archives; and text, which tells the very beginnings of the Daughters of Isabella near the end of the 19th century, follow their growth and dedication to the order through the entire 20th century and on into the 21st. This is a “must have” story of Catholic women bound together by their motto of: Unity – Friendship – Charity.
The Daughters of Isabella history is a hard cover book of “coffee table quality”
and a fascinating read!
1897-2007: North American Catholic women combine friendship, patriotism, and philanthropy for 110 years, before, throughout and beyond the twentieth century.
Twenty years before the women of Canada and the USA won the right to vote, Catholic women in New Haven, Connecticut, formed an independent fraternal benefit society named in honor of Queen Isabella of Castile. Daughters of Isabella-—Our Legacy, Our Future 1897-2007 recaptures the beginnings of the Order and highlights the major events and people in its century-old tradition.
Decades of generous women and their gifted leaders served the Church, each other, and the world at large. Their ritual and motto of unity, friendship and charity inspired them to deepen their spiritual life and outlook. Daughters of Isabella examines the expansion of the Order into four provinces of Canada and into the Philippines, where it flourished for twenty-five years. It looks at the women who led the organization and the imprint each one made in the developing legacy.
The history draws on three important sources: the Order’s archival records that include convention proceedings, national board minutes, and newspaper records; interviews with officers and members in Canada and the United States; and the visual collections of individual members, national headquarters, and Canadian and USA photo archives.
Daughters of Isabella tells the Isabellan history two ways as visuals interact with text to advance and complete the narrative. Both bring the story to life.
Throughout their history, Isabellans implemented the mandate of their foundational regent to act positively on behalf of others. During the twentieth century, they furthered the work of Catholic Action and the lay apostolate. At the beginning of the twenty-first, the Daughters of Isabella are shaping their legacy in response to the Church’s call for a “new evangelization” that announces the Gospel to people of the third millennium.