Tyrone’s Hall elected State Regent for Catholic Daughters

Woman will lead 60 home courts of more than 4,000

Courtesy photo Shirley Hall, recently elected Pennsylvania State Regent for Catholic Daughters of the Americas, installs State Chaplain Father Jozef Kovacik of St. Matthew Parish, Tyrone.

Shirley Hall of Tyrone, Court St. Rita No. 523, was elected Pennsylvania State Regent for Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Her term officially started on May 7 and runs for two years.

Hall’s election becomes the first time since 1968 that Tyrone is the home court of the woman who achieved this honor. As State Regent, Hall will lead 60 local courts of more than 4,000 Pennsylvania women who strive to embrace the principle of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all.

Hall’s election was formalized at an Installation of Officers Mass held at Ss. Simon and Jude Parish, Blairsville. Father Jozef Kovacik was also installed as State Chaplain for a two-year term. Kovacik will conduct all religious exercises and give advice on matters doctrinal or ecclesiastical. The State Chaplain serves at the request of the State Regent.

Hall has been a lifelong member of CDA Court St. Rita No. 523, St. Matthew’s Parish, Tyrone. As a member of CDA Court St. Rita, she has served in volunteer roles and local offices during her more than a half a century of membership. From preparing and serving food for the Funeral Luncheon Ministry and chairing fundraising committees to Regent of Court St. Rita, Hall dedicated her time and efforts to improve her community and parish.

She has served several terms as a District Deputy, providing guidance for local courts in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese and as a guiding member of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocesan Court, made up of the 13 Courts in the Diocese.

Hall was first elected to statewide office for the CDA in 2009, putting her financial background into practice as state treasurer. For 10 years, she has served in the State Court in various positions including secretary and all of the three vice regencies.

During her service to the CDA, Hall also has served on the Nominating Committee for National CDA. The Nominating Committee has the responsibility of reviewing candidate resumes and choosing the best people to serve as national officers. In 2016, she also was a member of a key group of women who lobbied for and then successfully hosted the weeklong CDA National Convention in Pittsburgh.

Hall’s term will be guided by her selected theme from Psalm 40, “Lord, I Have Come to do Your Will.”