Daughters of Isabella


The first circle of the Order was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1897, as an auxiliary to the Rev. John Russell Council of the Knights of Columbus for the purpose of uniting all Catholic women in a sisterhood to achieve the following aims:

  • To know one another better
  • To extend our circle of friends
  • To centralize all our resources to better help one another
  • To be a greater force to contend with in the pursuit of good in our society

Today, it is one of the largest Catholic women's organizations, with a membership of over 60,000 women from the United States and Canada and has continued to prosper and establish bonds among Catholic women throughout the world. Members encourage each other's total development and foster growth of every aspect of life - spiritual, social and charitable--adding up to a more fulfilling life!


  • The Order of the Daughters of Isabella is a charitable organization of Catholic women founded on the principle of its motto: Unity, Friendship and Charity.
  • We come together as a sisterhood to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, bringing spiritual benefits to our members and contributing to the common good of humanity.
  • By our faith we are called to serve, inspired and challenged to do God's work.
  • We are committed to foster individual participation by way of mutual understanding, charitable activities and social interaction.
  • As we strive for the development of all that is best and truest in womanhood, we emerge in our communities as a positive influence to uphold the high ideals of life and morals.



The organization's activities are on three levels which give it a special dimension.

The International Circle is the main governing body. Members come together in convention biennially to elect the International Officers who constitute the Administration Board.

The State Circles also convene every two years, for the formulation and revision of established agendum, election of Officers and implementation of programs and projects consistent with the laws and rules of the Constitution.

The Local Circles meet monthly for a combined business meeting and social gathering. Members act upon the charitable, spiritual, civic, and social programs their circle wishes to take part in or sponsor.

On each of these levels impressive ceremonies are held for the installation of Officers. The conferral of degrees for new members is also a beautiful and meaningful spiritual ceremony.


2015 Mother-Daughter Dinner





Crowning Mary: Rosalie Makarewicz                            D OF I - 2015 MOTHER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT
with Anna & Clare Zielinski                                               Mary Woycik, pictured with her three daughters








Saturday, October 24
9:00am - 3:00pm

St. Mary Cathedral Parish Hall


from 2014 Crafts 'n' More show



Queen Isabella

In necessary things, Unity
In joyful things, Friendship

In all things, Charity




Participation in retreats, masses, novenas, and other spiritual activities to develop a deeper relationship with God and others. Members also receive plenary indulgence and remembrances in masses and novenas throughout the country.


Sharing of talents and experiences; support of one another in times of crisis and celebration


For support of churches, schools, scholarships, seminaries, missions, Right to Life, and other charitable causes


Respect for Life, women's and family issues, civic and cultural projects


The Order of the Daughters of Isabella is open to all women, age 16 and over, who are Catholics.

As a member of the Daughters of Isabella, you will have the opportunity to make new friends, express your views, enhance your spiritual life and become as active as you wish. Your talents and energies will be recognized and are needed.

For more information, please contact us:
Carol Stramaglio 989.939.7436
Mary Ann Skibinski 989.939.7124


Click here to visit National Daughters of Isabella website