CDA officers wear robes on formal occasions. Wearing robs correctly shows our pride in and respect for our organization. Please ensure that robes are worn properly.
* Robes should measure eleven inches from the floor with your shoes on.
* Dresses should not show under the robe.
* Slacks or capries are not to be worn with robes at any time.
* White shoes should be worn with robes at all times.
* The wearing of stockings is optional - if stockings are worn they are to be tan or light colored. [NO white or dark colors.]
* Small earrings [no larger than the ear lobe], rings and watches are allowed when wearing the robe.
* Necklaces and collars should not show when the robe is zipped up.
* Robe should be cleaned and pressed before each wearing.
* Robes are not worn outside, unless you are in procession.
* As soon as you leave the church, remove your robe and carry it folded over your arm.
* Do not carry purses or bags under your robe.
* Do not pin corsages, memberships pins, or name tags to your robe.
Robes are heavy and tend to slip backwards.
When you stand, straighten the robe so that it is in the proper position on your shoulders.
When you are issued a robe as a new Court officer, do not allow the robe to be cut when having it hemmed.
Hemming tape and machine stitching can leave permanent marks on the robe.
LOCAL COURT ROBES:
The penitential color purple is the color of the two principal Court officers (Regent & Vice Regent). Purple indicates the willingness of the Organization, through its leaders, to sacrifice in order that the Catholic Daughters of the Americas may contribute their share in the general program of the Apostolate of the Laity as directed by our leaders in religion.
*The Local Court Regent's robe is purple with a white stole.
- The official emblem of the Order, the cross and crown, is on the left sleeve of her robe.
*The Local Court Vice Regent's robe is also purple with white stole
- A gold crown emblem is on the left sleeve.
The robes of the Recording Secretary, the Financial Secretary, and the Treasure are the patriotic colors of red, white, and blue.
*The Local Court Recording Secretary
- The crossed-quills emblem is symbolic of her responsibilities for letter and document writing as well as keeping the history of the Court through the minutes.
*The Local Court Financial Secretary
- The emblem is a crossed-key and quill symbolic of her duties of keeping membership and financial records of the Court.
*The Local Court Treasurer
- Gold crossed-keys are the emblem on her left sleeve. They are symbolic of her complete authority over funds and of being particularly responsible for their safekeeping.
The robes of the National Regent, the National Regent-Elect, the 1st Vice National Regent, the second Vice National Regent, and the National Secretary-Treasurer are white with stoles of gold.
The robes of the National Directors are white with stoles of purple.
*The white emphasizes loyalty; the gold - integrity; the purple - willingness of the officers to make sacrifices through service. The emblem on the sleeves of the National Officers and Directors robes is the Cross and Crown (official symbol of our Order).
STATE COURT ROBES:
* State Regent Robe - Robes] The robe of the State Regent is gold with a white stole.
Purple crossed gavels on the left sleeve are a symbol of her status as a leader of her state.
* 1st Vice State Regent Robe - Robes] The robe of the 1st Vice State Regent is also gold with a white stole.
The emblem of a purple crown on her left sleeve, designates her as the second in command in her state.
* 2nd Vice State Regent Robe - Robes] The robe of the 2nd Vice State Regent is liturgical red with a stole of gold.
Purple crossed spears designate her as the third in command in her state.
* State Secretary Robe - Robes] The robe of the State Secretary is patriotic blue with a gold stole.
The emblem is a gold crossed-key (associated with an office concerned with money and safekeeping) & quill (symbol of a scribe).
* State Treasurer Robe - Robes] The State Treasurer's robe is also patriotic blue with a gold stole.
The emblem of gold crossed-keys is symbolic of her complete authority over funds and of being particularly responsible for their safekeeping.