Members of Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court 416 of Geneva celebrated the court’s 85th anniversary in October. The court was formed in 1919 by a group of members from Auburn, according to Phyllis Seidel, a member of the court. The national organization celebrated its 100th anniversary in October 2003.
In honor of the court’s anniversary, CDA members and guests attended an anniversary Mass at St. Stephen’s Parish. After the Mass, a luncheon was held at Geneva’s Ramada Inn, where two members were honored for 68 years with the court, and two members were honored for 50 years with the court.
Several members of the Roman Catholic Community of Geneva spoke during the luncheon, including Father Roy Kiggins, pastor of the Catholic community and moderator of the court; Father James Fennessy, parochial vicar; and Ruth Page, pastoral associate. Marian Love, CDA’s state diocesan chairman of public relations and a member of Court 1173 St. Michael-Penn Yan, gave a brief account of the court’s history.