The Daughters of Isabella is an international organization for Catholic women, sixteen years of age and over. It was originally formed for women who wanted to assist the Knights of Columbus, but in 1897 became it’s own organization with it’s own charter.
The D of I is named after Queen Isabella, who funded the adventures of Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the New World. Isabella, a very brave and virtuous woman, was crowned Queen of Castile at the age of 23.
The main objectives of the D of I members are to become better acquainted, to extend their circle of friends, to aid their intellectual growth, to combine their resources and energies for mutual assistance, and to be a greater strength of influence for promoting good in society. They attempt to live out their motto, “Unity, Friendship, Charity, and Sanctity.” Very importantly, there are many valuable spiritual benefits for all D of I members. St. Mary Circle #214 was established in July of 1922, and is the local circle of the D of I in Harrison, Ohio. Our main focus is the support and maintenance of St. John the Baptist School Library, but includes support to parish functions: St. Vincent DePaul Society, Reach Out Pregnancy Center, the Harrison Cancer Relay for Life and various civic activities. The members sponsor fundraising activities to provide the resources and means to promote their charitable causes through annual events such as: bake sales, Fawn Easter Candy sale, product surveys, etc.Social events include: annual Mother & Daughter banquet for all members of the circle and parish, and an annual Anniversary Dinner to celebrate the many years of their legacy and success.
Meetings for the St. Mary Circle of the D of I include a social time, and are held on the first Tuesday of every month (except July & August) at 7:30 p.m. in the Harrison Knights of Columbus hall. The contact persons are: Peggy Schmeltzer, Regent, 513-367-0511, Mary Scheurer, Vice Regent, 513-367-2132 ; Michelle Lepper, Treasurer, 812-637-3681
In your May stewardship envelope packet there is an envelope for the St. John’s Ladies Sodality. We provide a luncheon for families after the funeral services of a loved one. Since April of last year we have had the privilege of serving 27 families. Your donation, and the donations received from these families, have allowed us to continue to provide this ministry to all St. John’s Families.
In addition to financial support, if you would like to donate a salad or dessert for any of the luncheons, please put your name and telephone number on the Ladies Sodality envelope. The Parish Office will forward this information to me, Ruth Walter and you will be contacted when food is needed. If you have any questions you can call at 513-367-1198 or Karen Kane at 513-367-9086 ext. 221.