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Malden parishioner re-elected Catholic Daughters national director


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BILLINGS, Mont. -- Malden parishioner Joyce Ann Fleming was re-elected National Director of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas at their 55th Biennial National Convention held in Billings, Mont. July 16-20.

Fleming resides in Medford and worships at Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden. She became a Catholic Daughter in 1983 when she joined Court Pope John Paul II #2244, transferring to Court Maplewood #510 in Malden in February 2010. Court Maplewood is affiliated with St. Joseph Church in Malden and has 50 members.

Local charities the court supports include St. Joseph Church, St. Joseph's Youth Ministry, Vincent de Paul, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Scleroderma Foundation, Women's Concern, Pregnancy Help and the American Red Cross Blood Drive. National charities include the March for Life and the five Catholic Daughter National Projects.

Fleming will begin her second two-year term on Aug, 19. In her position as national director, she will supervise Catholic Daughter activities in several states and work with the National Board (the governing body of the Catholic Daughters consisting of five national officers and nine national directors) to administer Catholic Daughter activities and implement policy.

She also serves as National Chairman of Education under the Catholic Daughter Circle of Love program which includes the Education Contest and Father Bachmann Scholarship program.

Fleming has held every local court and Massachusetts State Board position and was Gambit and Youth Chair, State Photographer for the State Board and Chair of the 2009 Massachusetts State Convention.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Formed in 1903, today it numbers 75,000 members in 1,250 local chapters in 45 states across the country, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

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