LCBA was founded as the Ladies Catholic Benevolent Association by a group of
courageous Catholic women in Titusville, Pennsylvania. These women not only saw
the need to provide financial protection for women, they were among the very
first to act on that need. The original founders of LCBA were: Kate Woods, Union
City, Pa.; Frances M. Mayer, Duke Center, Pa.; Margaret Seep, Titusville, Pa.;
Hannah Shields, Corry, Pa.; Mary A. Gainey, Erie, Pa.; Nellie Frances Murray,
Erie, Pa. and Regina Graff, Erie, Pa. The Ladies Catholic Benevolent
Association, is the first insurance society (and the 2nd formally incorporated)
owned and operated by women and solely for the benefit of women, and in the case
of LCBA, specifically for Practical Roman Catholic women.
Once incorporated, the women of LCBA took to churches throughout the
land proclaiming the benefits of LCBA. LCBA was one of the initial
women’s rights movements. LCBA women were speaking about LCBA from Roman
Catholic pulpits in the late 1800’s. By 1910, in just 20 years, without
the internet or even telephone in many areas, the membership had grown
to over 117,000!
By the 1960's, the actuarial sciences were long established and
LCBA was providing members with traditional insurance products.
These women and their spouses were now also beneficiaries of
government and employer-based health care and retirement programs.
Additionally, more Catholics were marrying across denominational
lines. It was at this time that LCBA changed its name from the
Ladies Catholic Benevolent Association to Loyal Christian Benefit
Association and opened membership to both genders of all Christian
In the mid-1990s LCBA branched out into a niche market that
serves the funeral industry by helping to provide safe, secure
funding options for funeral pre-arrangements. More recently, LCBA
has added the LCBA Agency, which not only offers LCBA products, but
sells other life Insurance and Annuity products as well.
Over the past one and a quarter centuries, the organization those
women started and built has helped hundreds of thousands of member
families carry on through perhaps the most difficult times families
can have, surviving and recovering from the loss of a beloved family
member. Not only did they create a successful platform for providing
this help, they also expanded it to create a force for good in many
communities. Today, LCBA remains rooted in Erie, Pennsylvania, just
down the road from its original home, while serving over 33,000
Christians in 35 states and the District of Columbia.