National Catholic Organizations

National Catholic Organizations

Knights of Columbus


Ed Hughes | Email:

Bob Hershey | Email:

Lionel Bassett | | Phone: 814-238-7003

Knights are Catholic men who are committed to supporting their Church and serving their community with acts of charity. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie and social interactions; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church while enhancing your own faith. Membership is open to men age 18 and older who are practicing Catholics in union with the Holy See. The most important service KoC provides is support to the Parishes through service in many ministries. The council supports Catholic education and Catholic Radio and pro-life efforts. The council has donated over $152,000 and countless volunteer hours to various charities since 2009. The major fundraising activities are weekly bingo games, monthly Texas Hold’em tournaments, dinners served at the hall and manning two concession stands at Penn State football games. Meetings: For meeting times go to

Catholic Daughters of the Americas – Court Blessed Madonna

Contact: Regent (elected leader) Joy Stauffer | Phone: 814-234-804 | Email:

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. They donate to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” The CDA motto is “Unity and Charity.” Catholic Daughter women enjoy each other’s company at meetings and work hard for their parishes and communities. The program includes concerns of today’s church and society as well as issues that affect the well-being of women and children. Membership is open to any woman over 18 who is a practicing Catholic. Local Court Blessed Madonna has fundraisers including bake sales, yard sales & craft sales and selling Weis & Giant gift cards. The Court supports the Gabriel Project, Voice of Divine Mercy radio, OLV, St. Vincent de Paul, needy families in the OLV school, the Giving Tree, and CDA National Projects. They gather at the first Saturday Mass to celebrate it together. Meetings: Third Wednesday of the month (except July & December) at 7 p.m. in OLV Activities Center. Social at 6:30 p.m. for members & guests.

Citizens Concerned for Human Life

Contact: Sue Rogacs | Email: | Phone: 814-238-9590.

Centre County Citizens Concerned for Human Life is a local pro-life organization, an affiliate of the statewide PA Pro-Life Federation. Our mission is to promote the respect for and protection of human life from conception to natural death through the use of peaceful and legal means. We present the truth about abortion, euthanasia and infanticide. We are available to speak to groups, churches, etc. on these topics and can provide a wide range of educational materials, information packets and booklets. We sponsor the Mothers Day ad published in the Centre Daily Times every May, the local Life Chain held on Respect Life Sunday (the first Sunday in October, a pro-life auction in February and supports attendance at the March for Life on January 22. CCCCHL holds local quarterly meetings, and those interested may attend these meetings. Please contact us for more information on upcoming meetings. We also welcome new members.

St. Vincent de Paul

Contact: Bill Haner | Email: | Phone: 814- 360-6571 (Cell) or 814-867-3131 (Thrift Store Office)

In the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Locally, SVdP operates a thrift store in the Westerly Parkway Plaza to raise funds to help the poor and needy in our region. The Thrift Store is 100% volunteer run. Volunteer clothing sorters and cashiers are particularly needed in the store. Store hours are M-F 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sat 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. Contact Bill Haner or one of the day managers at Thrift Store to get details. Those who want to get involved in helping the less fortunate by becoming a member of SVdP Society will go through a training period and eventually be commissioned as a Vincentian. We have a general membership meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Activity Center. We also meet weekly to consider client cases for assistance.

Opus Dei


Louis Jordain | Phone: 814-238-7920

Karen Bord | Phone: 814-238-6231