Toronto Diocesan Council Executive 2022-2024
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Fr. Liborio entered St. Augustine's seminary, in Scarborough, in 1987. He was ordained to the Priesthood in 1992. Fr. Liborio's first placement was St. Peter's church in Woodbridge as an associate (1992 - 1995). He then moved to S. Salvador do Mundo/ Cristo Rei in Mississauga as an Associate (1995 - 1998). Fr. Liborio was named pastor of St. Elizabeth Seton in Newmarket and remained there till 2004. In 2004 Cardinal Ambrozic asked Fr. Liborio to enter the ministry of Vocation work. Fr. Liborio remained the Archdiocesan Vocations director till July of 2009. He was given a six month sabbatical (i.e. Attended a three month program in Rome) and was named pastor of St. Mary's parish in January of 2010. He is very happy to be pastor of his home parish - his parents are now his parishioners and live nearby.
Sue has been a parishioner at St. John Chrysostom Parish in Newmarket since 1988. She is married to John and together raised four children. They are now grandparents to two little boys. They celebrated forty years of marriage in 2021.
Sue's journey in the CWL began in 2006 with a personal invitation from a member at her local council to help with a presentation to the local town council on a proposed water aquifer by-law. At the parish level, she held the positions of community life, resolutions, legislation and president. Her council has presented resolutions to provincial and national council.
In 2013, after election to the diocesan council, Sue served as christian family life chair. Other positions held at the diocesan level were resolutions, education and health and president-elect/organization. Serving as organization chair during the COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges but the use of technology provided an opportunity to reach more parish councils, more often. The monthly virtual CWL Wednesday was offered to members with many popular topics.
While diocesan resolutions chair, Sue also served as sub-committee chair for the provincial legislation chair and helped work on the "Legislation Scavenger Hunt". As diocesan president-elect/organization chair Sue participated in the Year One Working Group (Reorganization) for the implementation of the Strategic Plan. This three year group was mandated to streamline the standing committees to align with the core values of faith, service and social justice. The fruit of this work was voted on at the CWL national convention in August 2022.
As Toronto Diocesan President, Sue and her executive will help councils lead though the changes coming as councils adjust to the new format of the League. She is looking forward to her continued service to God and Canada.
Kate's love for the Catholic Women's League began at a very early age, under the influence of her mother, who was most devoted to the League and our Mother Mary. She became a member of the CWL from the age of 16 (a Birthday gift from her mother!!) In September of 2001, Kate became an active executive member at St. Joseph the Worker Parish Council in Oshawa, (Durham Region) as Education Committee Chair, 1st Vice-President and President-Elect, before becoming President for the 2012 - 2014 term. She is very blessed to be working with such amazing, dedicated, faith-filled women in her Parish Council!
Kate keeps active in her Parish CWL helping to organize many events. Kate served two years as Durham Regional Chair and at the Diocesan level she was Legislation Chair for two years, Spiritual Development Chair for three years and is now beginning her two year term as President-Elect/Organization Chair.
Kate is very active in her parish. She was a member of the Parish Council and was also involved with the Children's Liturgy.She currently organizes the Music Ministry and provides music for one of the Masses. After twelve years, Kate has retired from the Board of Directors for Catholic Family Services of Durham.
Kate is a retired Catholic school principal who spent 30 years in her teaching vocation with the Durham Catholic District School Board. During this time, Kate completed her Masters in Religious Education. Kate and her husband Manny have two wonderful boys and daughter-in-law and one grandson.
Connie was born in a small town in southern Italy. She immigrated to Canada shortly after her 1st birthday and landed at Pier 21 in Nova Scotia. She was raised in the west end of Toronto. She has been happily married to her husband Eugene for over 45yrs. They are blessed with two wonderful daughters, two sons in law and four beautiful grandsons.
Her Catholic Women's League's journey two years after she moved to her home parish of St. Roch. Coming from former parishes that did not have a CWL, she was not familiar with the League and accepted an invitation to attend the council's monthly meeting. She officially joined St. Roch's CWL in 1987. Shortly after joining she was elected as Recording Secretary.
Over the years Connie has held various position at the parish level including President for three terms to keep her council active. She is currently serving as treasurer. Connie continues to be very involved in her council, focusing on mentoring, recruiting, and maintaining current membership. She is an active member in her parish community and served as an Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister, and Lector.
At the regional level: appointed regional chair for Humber Valley Region 2014 to 2017; facilitator for the regional Parish Executive Training (PET) and the Leadership and Public speaking course; Regional Treasurer (2019-2022).
At the Toronto Diocesan Level; Community Life Standing Committee Chair 2017-2019; 2nd Vice President Education and Health Chair 2019-2022. Connie is honored to now be serving as the Toronto Diocesan 1st Vice President and Chairperson of Resolutions. Connie was also part of various committees; Provincial Convention (2018) the 100th TDC Anniversary Committee and the National Convention (2025) Planning Committee.
Apart from her dedication to the League, Connie loves music, dancing, and spending time with her family at her second home in Tiny Ontario. Where she enjoys swimming, kayaking, and taking long nature walks and admiring God's creation.
Her strong dedication and commitment to the League, has provided her with the opportunity to grow within the League, enhance her spiritual and personal growth and meet many wonderful and dynamic women at all levels of the League. Connie is looking forward to her current role as Toronto Diocesan Council 1st Vice President and Resolutions chair.
Andrea has been a CWL member for more than twenty years. She joined St. Timothy, North York CWL council and became recording secretary. After her term as recording secretary, Andrea became president for two terms.
After her terms as president ended, she started on the TDC executive as recording secretary. Over her years of service, Andrea has served as community life chair, newsletter editor, corresponding secretary, legislation chair, and 1st Vice president/resolutions chair. Andrea is currently serving as 2nd Vice
President/Education and Health Chair.
At the regional level, Andrea has served as organization Chair and North York region chair. The CWL has provided Andrea with the opportunity to meet and work with many gifted ladies.
When she is not involved in CWL work, Andrea likes to read.
Shaila has been a member St. Luke's Parish for over 20 years and a CWL member for 5 years. She is one of charter members and co-president since the reorganization of St. Luke's Catholic Women's League, North York. She is very busy within her parish as a lector and is on the social committee organizing events such as the International Night, Volunteer Appreciation Night, social Sundays, funeral receptions, decorating the church for special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, etc. She has been involved with the church youth in organizing the Street Patrol. She also has over 20 years volunteer experiences outside of the church. She started the Baden Powell Timberwolves, an all female Scout Troop for girls aged 9 to 12 years old for Thornhill region. Shaila and her husband Leslie have two adult sons Christopher and William. She is an avid reader and loves arts and crafts. Shaila was recording secretary for three years with the TDC and was actively involved with the Zoom presentations, registrations for the events during COVID virtual meetings apart from her regular duties. She is now looking forward to her new role on the Toronto Diocesan Council.
Zenora was born and grew up in, Trinidad, West Indies. She attended and graduated from St. Joseph's Convent. Shortly after, she started working at Agostini's Ltd where she met and married Ambrish. They have been married for thirty- nine years and were blessed with two children, Mimi and Arun who are now adults.
Her love story with Canada began when Zenora, a member of the Port of Spain - St. Catharines Twinning Association, attended the Grape and Wine Festival in 1981. She returned to Trinidad and announced to her parents that she was planning to immigrate to Canada. It took ten years, (8 years married) for her plan to come to fruition and on September 4th, 1991, the family arrived in Canada as landed immigrants.
Zenora has worked in the insurance industry for twenty-three years as an Accident Benefit Adjuster/Examiner and hopes to complete her CIP soon.
In response to an invitation from a CWL member, Zenora excitedly joined the CWL St. Barnabas in, 2010.
At the parish level, she served as Recording Secretary, President-elect / Organization chairperson, President, Past President, on-line administrator / Communications chairperson and Treasurer, she also filled in for Health & Education Chairperson and was an election committee member. Zenora also served as St. Barnabas bible study small group facilitator, Edge group facilitator and lead team member, Parent Ministry lead team member / Communications.
At the regional level, she served as the Community Life chairperson for the 2019-2022 term.
At the Toronto Diocesan level, she is currently serving as Recording Secretary for the 2022-2024 term, and was a 2022 Convention Committee Co-Chair.
Being part of the CWL sisterhood has helped Zenora strengthen her faith. She loves to attend CWL conventions to meet other sisters, learn about their cultures and customs, and says it's truly a learning experience is so many different ways, seeing how we ladies, through resolutions can drive change for Social Justice and other important issues starting from the parish level to National. Her volunteer opportunities mean a lot to her as it is a blessing to be able to serve alongside her CWL sisters for God and Canada.
In 2015 the pastor of St. John XXIII Parish asked Lolita to be the charter president of Saint John XXIII Parish Council, North York Region.
At the parish level she has served as president, past-president/historian, resolutions chair and communications chair.
At the regional level she has served as education and health chair, organization chair and convention registration team.
She was elected to the position of Toronto Diocesan Council as treasurer and has completed her first term in that position (2019-2022).
Lolita continues to be active in her local school and parish communities. She has served as president of the Catholic School Advisory Council for St.John XXIII Elementary school. At the parish, she has served as Totus Tuus First Coordinator and continues as a lector as well as being the coordinator of lectors for the parish.
Lolita is married to Tom and has been blessed with one loving son Liam. She has welcomed the addition to her family seven years ago, a furry (Husky and Shepherd) dog named Kodak.
She worked in the hospitality/hotel industry for almost two decades and is currently working closely with social and family related issues.
The Catholic Women's League has afforded her the opportunity to grow spiritually, emotionally and mentally through perpetual alliance with women with different and similar values and goals.
Hilarion joined St. John Fisher CWL Council in Bramptonin 1998 on her mother's advice. She credits the League for the influence in raising her family, Catholic values, professional life and the importance of volunteerism.
Hilarion is privileged to have completed her 3-year term 2019-2022 as President for the Toronto Diocesan Council which was historic with the 100th anniversaries for national (2020) and the Toronto Diocesan Council (2021). The term was transformative with the evolving COVID-19 pandemic which required the ability to adapt using virtual and livestreaming to engage members when in-person gatherings were not possible.
Hilarion is delighted to now serve as Toronto Diocesan Council Past President/Historian. She is also serving on the Ontario Provincial 2022-2024 Executive as Education and Health Chair.
Hilarion received her Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2009.At the diocesan level, she served as President-Elect/Organization, 2nd VP/Spiritual Development, 1st
VP/Resolutions, Legislation, Christian Family Life, Peel Regional Chair, various committees and relaunched the Leadership & Public Speaking Course (2017).Hilarion was national CWL Catch the Fire Spark for Ontario (2012-2014) and member of the Strategic Plan Working Group Embrace Diverse Cultures and Ages (2020-2021). Hilarion is a lector at her parish.
Hilarion is married to Glen and they have three sons. She is a late convert to football with her youngest son in the CFL. She is a Registered Dietitian and promotes healthy eating throughout the lifespan. She likes to cycle and take long walks. She grew up listening to Desiderata and maintains that "God is in Control". Hilarion strongly believes that the CWL is an excellent organization for Catholic women.
Ciscily has been re-elected to the Toronto Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in April, 2022 at the TDC 101st (in person) Convention after the Covid-19 pandemic. She has been assigned the position of Christian Family Life Standing Chair for 2022-2024.
Ciscily was first elected to the Toronto Diocesan Council of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in 2019 at the TDC 98th Convention. She served her term as the Community Life Standing Chair (2019- 2022), adding an extra year due to the SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 pandemic. In this position, she brought awareness of societal injustice, especially for the most vulnerable.
She also served as Past President/Historian at her St. Patrick's, Markham CWL council (2019-2021), where she co-chaired her council's 2021 election and assisted in the formation of its new executive. She served her parish council as President (2016-2018); Spiritual Development Chair (2014-2016); and Education & Health Chair (2012-2014). Ciscily chaired her parish council's 40th anniversary in 2018. Her council was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Archbishop Cardinal Thomas Collins during the Mass. Her council had the highest increase with 32 members in the Toronto Diocese in 2018. She completed the Leadership & Public Speaking Course, attended North York regional meetings, TDC and Provincial conventions. She has been inspired by, and dedicated to, the works of the CWL since joining the League in 2011.
Within her parish, Ciscily was confirmed as a Catholic in 2000. Since, she had served on the Pastoral Council; has been a RCIA sponsor; member of the Friends of Dismas (Restorative Justice); Prayer Group; Usher/Hospitality; and Rosary Apostolate visitor in Catholic schools. She also served three terms (2006-2012) on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR), where she was instrumental in the implementation of the Richmond Hill Welcome Centre.
Ciscily has been married for 46 years to William. They were blessed with two wonderful sons. She is now retired from her over 35-years profession as a medical researcher in various disciplines of medicine. She now has more time for her family, gardening, and sharing with others.
Ciscily is looking forward to serve in her new role as Christian Family Life Standing Chair, where the League's new national theme of Catholic and Living It will envelop all that she does for God and Canada.
Nenita has been a parishioner of Precious Blood Parish since 2003 and became a member of the Catholic Women's League in 2013. She has served as past-president/historian, president, and president-elect and community life chair. Nenita has supported her council with many CWL initiatives such as the Mass to End Women's Abuse, volunteering at the Good Shepherd refuge, Casserole Program, Rosalie Hall, Rosary Sunday, March for Life and Life Chain.
At the Scarborough region, Nenita has been the member of the Scarborough CWL Choir which performs during conventions and Development Days. She finished her term as Scarborough regional chair and communication chair. She is very proud to continue her CWL journey on to the TDC in the position as Communication standing committee chair for the term 2022-2024.
Nenita has actively participated in the Toronto Diocesan conventions assisting with ushering, registration, banquet, hospitality suites, prayer room, etc. Nenita is also actively involved in other ministries within her parish including the Adult Choir, Lector, Eucharistic and Chalice Minister, teaching first reconciliation & first communion, Home bound Minister, USC Spirituality, Serra and helping with baptism of children.
Nenita is originally from the Philippines and graduated with a Bachelor of Elementary Education before immigrating to Canada. Nenita and her husband love the multicultural diversity of their neighbourhood and they both play in the Ulster Accordion Band. Nenita considers herself organized, hardworking, helpful and compassionate to others.
Elizabeth was born in Trinidad & Tobago, completed her nursing education in the United Kingdom and her higher education at York University. Elizabeth immigrated to Canada in 1981 where she was a parishioner of St. Dunstan's Parish Scarborough, until she moved to St. Francis de Sales Parish in Ajax in 1992. She became very interested in the League after attending a CWL meeting; and was inspired by the League events that ladies undertook in the Parish.
Elizabeth joined the Catholic Women's League in 2004 and at the parish level served as health chair, education and health chair, president, historian, community life chair and now serves as social justice committee chair. She also continues to mentor her fellow members by helping with the review and update to the parish policy manual as well as council anniversaries. In 2017, Elizabeth successfully completed the Leadership Course; and has promoted the League by coordinating CWL Council installation ceremonies.
At the regional level, Elizabeth served as communication chair and facilitated the anti-pornography campaign in Durham region and organized, distributed and collected the completed Mandatory-Age- Verification post cards. She collaborated in letter writing to local MPPs; and delivery to Minister of Public Safety to ensure provision of governmental safeguards and website penalties.
At the diocesan Level, Elizabeth was sub-convener for Bioethics and Genetics and assisted with registration at Ontario Provincial Convention in 2018. Elizabeth served as legislation chair from 2019-2022 and has contributed to Development Days and the 100th Anniversary time capsule.
Elizabeth has been a lector at her parish since 2004. She continues to serve as a member of the baptism ministry and has participated in the bible studies. Elizabeth has represented her parish council at diocesan, provincial and national conventions since 2004, as parish accredited delegate and voting delegate.
Elizabeth has an adopted niece Cherry-Ann; is a Registered Nurse and Midwife by profession; has taught nursing at York and UOIT Universities and contributed to the COVID-19 response as a Public Health Nurse at Toronto Public Health
Interest in the league for Iris began shortly after her marriage when she was inspired to join the organization through the examples of her mother-in-law and aunt. During the early years of her marriage she lived in different communities where she sought out the local CWL councils. Iris joined St. John CWL, Whitby in 1985. Teaching responsibilities during the early years of her career prevented her from participating actively in her CWL council. In 1991, she co-ordinated a speaker who monitored the first free elections in South Africa. This experience made her realize the important role a group of Catholic women such as the CWL could take in creating awareness on issues of social justice, dignity of individuals and human rights. As a result of this experience, she assumed a more active role in her council. At the parish level she has served as Chairperson of Community life, Spiritual Development and Christian Family Life. She has also held the role of Council President for two terms.
Iris has been involved in various activities and initiatives in her council including fundraisers, Sharing Fair, promoting discussion on League resolutions, assisting with the planning of council milestone anniversaries, co-ordinating numerous speakers, initiating outreach to local organizations and Catholic Missions in Canada, raising council awareness on Indigenous issues and the work of organizations such as MaterCare, Canadian Food for Children, Catholic Christian Outreach. She has met with locally elected officials to raise issues of concern such as Conscience Protection for Healthcare Workers, Expansion to MAID and Mandatory Age Verification for Pornographic Websites.
Iris has served on the Durham Region Executive where she has held the positions of Regional Chair, Community Life Chair and Spiritual Development Chair.
Most recently, Iris has held the positon as Christian Family Life Chair. She reported on a variety of topics including pro-life issues, Euthanasia, Seniors, Vocations, Youth and Family Life. During her term she co-ordinated a ZOOM presentation on Ethical Vaccines with attendees from other provinces. She was involved in presentations on issues pertaining to Canada's Indigenous Peoples, Marian Gardens and assisted with a P.E.T. Seminar. During her term as Christian Family Life Chair Iris participated in the Year 3 Actively Engage Working Group for the Strategic Plan. This group considered ways to provide outreach and engagement to New and Homebound Members. Along with her group, a document has been approved for publication by the National office.
Following her retirement from the Durham Catholic District School Board after thirty-three years, she has volunteered with the Rosary Apostolate in the Schools, assisted with the parish Youth group, completed the Lay Pastoral Visitation seminars offered by the Archdiocese of Toronto and served on Parish Council in the capacity of Spiritual co-ordinator.
Iris remains committed to the mission and objectives of the Catholic Women's League. She believes the League can provide ground for spiritual nourishment and growth for members , serve as a voice with elected officials on issues relating to dignity and human rights and act in service and advocacy for the vulnerable. Iris is appreciative of the opportunity she has to serve on the Toronto Diocesan Council. She is able to witness firsthand the workings of the League and encounter dynamic, creative and gifted women as they serve their community, province and country. She looks forward to her position as Spiritual Development Chair.
Mary was born in Sicily, Italy and immigrated as a child in 1966. She is married to Paul and they have two grown children, Anthony and Joseph. Being involved and connected with their parish and community has been central to their lives.
Mary is an 18 year member of CWL and has held several positions through these years. With her parish she was community life chair, president, and past-president and communications chair as well as chair of the 60th Anniversary of St. Joseph's CWL Council and chair of numerous council elections. She received her Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2014. With Scarborough Region she held the positions of education and health chair and communications chair and with Toronto Diocese she has been sub- convener for education and health, St. Michael's Scholarship (four years). She is also a facilitator for both the Leadership and Public Speaking and Executive Training Course and was sub-convener for the 2016 and 2017 Toronto Diocesan conventions. She was appointed as Scarborough region chair for the 2017- 2019 term and TDC communications chair 2019 - 2022. She is proud to continue her service to the League on the Toronto Diocesan Council in the position as Legislation standing committee chair, learning, growing and serving "For God and Canada"
Mary currently holds a Sandan (3 nd degree black belt) in Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate and is an avid traveler and wine aficionado along with her husband.
Mary has been a member of the CWL for 21 years. She served on the executive of St. John Chrysostom in many positions, including president-Elect/organization chair and on to president in 2013, chair of the bazaar committee, particularly running the craft table and the children's activities. She organized and started a Rosary Ministry with a team of ladies in CWL council, coordinating with the principals of the parish schools.
Mary served on the regional executive for North York Region.
At the diocesan level, she served on the Toronto convention committee as a sub-convenor for 4 years, producing the programs and other printed material for the annual convention. Served as sub-convener for organization, under Sue Lubowitz, current TDC president.
At the parish level, she was the organizer and coordinator of the Children's Liturgy for many years, Eucharistic Minister, visiting minister taking communion to the sick at Southlake Hospital and then went on to serving at Southlake Village. Organized and set up a Religious articles store at the church with a team of ladies of the parish to sell religious goods at the church, after weekend masses. With the help of some of the CWL ladies who made rosaries, rosary pouches, etc.
She was recently widowed after 53 years with her wonderful husband Jim. She has three children and one grandchild.