Executive Profiles

Toronto Diocesan Council Executive 2019-2021

Spiritual Advisor Rev. Patrick O'Dea

 Fr. Patrick O’Dea, was born in Ireland and immigrated to Rochester, New York. He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War serving in Europe, where he was inspired by a military chaplain to renew his calling to the priesthood.  He studied Philosophy at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and Theology in Washington Theological Union.  He was ordained at the Holy Trinity Monastery, Baltimore and sent to Toronto to serve.  He was the Associated Pastor at St. Anne (Brampton), Transfiguration (Etobicoke), St. Timothy’s (North York) and St. Patrick’s (Markham).  During that time he worked on a report for the Archdiocese to establish an Office of Catholic Youth.   Was appointed as Director of Vocations and Rector of Serra House (1991-2000) and then appointed Pastor of the Newman Centre and Catholic Chaplain of the University of Toronto (2000-2009).  For the past 5 years served as Pastor of St. Marquerite D’Youville Parish, Brampton.  On July 3rd, 2014 he was appointed Pastor of St. Edward the Confessor (North York) where he is currently serving.

President Hilarion Mitchell 

Hilarion joined the Catholic Women’s League in 1998  at St. John Fisher Council, Peel Region. 

Toronto Diocesan Council:
President-Elect/Organization (2017–2019)
2nd Vice President/Spiritual Development (2015–2017)
1st Vice President/Resolutions (2013–2015)
Legislation Chair (2011–2013)
Christian Family Life Chair (2009–2011)  
Relaunched the Leadership & Public Speaking (LPS)
Course in 2017.
Facilitated Peel LPS Course, Peel Executive Training Course

 

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President-Elect/Organization Sue Lubowitz 

  Sue became a member of the St. John Chrysostom Parish CWL in Newmarket in 2006. She was initially interested because of the joint “water campaign” that the CWL was running with Kairos and Development and Peace. At the parish level, she held the Community Life and Organization Chairs before becoming parish council president in 2011. As parish president, Sue was the chair and lead writer of the resolution (Rights of Seasonal Agricultural Workers) presented to the Diocesan convention in 2012. 

Sue is active in her parish as a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Consolation and Hope Ministry as well as a member of the parish Development and Peace committee. Sue has participated in liturgy study at the parish level for a number of years. Sue has a keen interest in social justice as well as the political life of our country. She is of the opinion that we, as Catholic women, need to make our voices heard at all political levels.

 

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1st Vice President/Resolutions Andrea Smart

  Andrea has been a member of the CWL for 10 year and has served on her parish council as Recording Secretary and President. Andrea has also held the Organization Chair for the North York Region council before moving on to the Toronto Diocesan council. At the Diocesan level Andrea has been Newsletter Editor, Recording Secretary, Community Life Standing Committee Chair as well as the Corresponding Secretary and Legislation Chair.

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2nd Vice President/Education & Health Connie Cristinziano
  Connie's Catholic Women's League's journey began two years after she moved to St. Roch's Parish.  Coming from former Parishes that did not have a CWL, she was not familiar with the League.  With family and work commitments and trying to take extra college courses, she was not sure if she could find the time to commit herself to this organization.  But with the encouragement, insistence of a very wonderful faith-filled CWL Advocate and neighbour (who is currently with the Lord), she was officially recruited to St. Roch’s CWL in 1988, and glad that she did become part of this dynamic organization.

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Corresponding Secretary Nancy French  

  

 

Recording Secretary Shaila D’Souza


 

Treasurer Lolita Perry
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Historian and Past President Ann D'Souza 

  Ann moved to Canada having lived in Goa, Mumbai (Bombay) and Dubai.  She is married to Oswald and has 2 adorable sons, Anson and Anderson, and daughter-in-laws Sarah and Nicole.

As a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Mississauga, she joined CWL Council three months since its formation in the Parish.  Joining the league was made possible by her family’s love and understanding and her oldest son’s involvement with the music ministry at Parish.  She was on the board of the Parish Office Council committee for 3 years. Her family has been her backbone to help carry on the various activities helping her to juggle life as a mother, wife, office work and volunteer.

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Christian Family Life - Iris McNulty

  Iris was born and raised in the Durham Region and has been blessed with the opportunity to worship in the Western and Eastern traditions of the Catholic Church.

Iris  became interested in the CWL with the encouragement and inspiration of her mother-in-law and her husband’s aunt and began her CWL career in Bracebridge during the 1980’s.  The League continued to be a part of her life, in the various places she lived during those early years as she pursued her university and teaching qualifications. Upon moving to Whitby in 1984, Iris became a member of the St. John the Evangelist council and  served in various capacities on the CWL council including president, chairperson of Spiritual Development, chairperson of Community Life and chairperson of Christian Family Life. 

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Communication- Mary Tuccitto

  

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.

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Community Life Ciscily Winkler
 Ciscily has been a member of St. Patrick’s Markham Catholic Women’s League, North York Region since 2011.  She served as Past President/Historian (2018 – present); President (2016 – 2018); Spiritual Development (2014 -2016) and Education & Health (2012 - 2014).

 Ciscily chaired her councils 40th anniversary in 2018. They were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Archbishop Cardinal Collins during the anniversary Mass. Her council had the highest increase with 32 members in the Toronto Diocese in 2018.  Ciscily, completed the Leadership & Public Speaking Course; attended North York regional meetings, TDC and Provincial conventions.

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Spiritual Development Kate O'Quinn

  Kate became a member of the Catholic Women’s League from the age of 16 (a Birthday gift from her mother!!)  In September of 2001, Kate became an active executive member in St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Oshawa, 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 the CWL with helping to organize many events, including the Annual Bazaar, Family Turkey Dinner and Irish Pub Night. 

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Legislation Elizabeth Joseph

  

 

Newsletter Editor Lucia Vacca
  Joining the Catholic Women’s League in 1997 as a member of St. Joseph Highland Creek Council, has been a blessing to Lucia. She has served as President Elect/Organization Standing Committee Chair from 2005-2006, President from 2007-2008 & 2017-2018 and Past-President from 2009-2010 & 2019-2020. She has been and continues to be very active in her council organizing several events and activities over the many years. She continues to advise, mentor, support and encourage the executive teams in her council for their continued success.  Lucia served as Scarborough Regional Chair from 2009-2011 and Past Regional Chair 2011 - 2013. 

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Regional Chairs

Durham Angie Baglieri 

  Angie has been a proud member of Holy Family Catholic Women’s League for 15 years and has been on the executive for 14 of those years.  She has served in many offices including Christian Family Life Chair, Communications Chair, Membership Chair, 1st Vice-President/Spiritual Development Chair, President-Elect, President, Past President/Historian and was presented with her Maple Leaf Service Award in 2013.

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Humber Valley Mary Grossi 
  

Mary Grossi is a retired Teacher and Librarian for the Toronto Catholic School Board. She started her career at an early age and has been blessed to enjoy her retirement with her husband Rocco and son Giuseppe.  She has been a CWL member since 1999 at St. Margaret Mary Parish in the Humber Valley Region.

She has served as Secretary for her council for 4 years; President Elect /Communications for 2 years; President and Communications for 2 years

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North York Marie Barry
  







 

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Northern - Anne Marie Martyniuk

Anne Marie has been a member of St. Mary's Council, Barrie for sixteen years. She has just completed four years as President and was the Organization Chair the prevous four years.

Anne Marie, married to Barry for forty-two years, has four sons, three daughter-in-law, two grandchildren with two more on the way.  Windsor was home for most of her young life, but has also lived in London, Fonthill and Sarnia before calling Minesing home for the last 25 years.  She retired from Snow Valley Ski Resort two years ago.

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Peel Aurora Chavez

 Aurora has been a member of the CWL since 2008 and has served on her parish council, Sts. Peter and Paul, Mississauga, as Education & Health Chair, President-Elect/Organization Chair, President and Historian.

At the Peel Regional Council, she was the Organization Chair (2017-2019). She facilitated the Parish Executive Training in 2018 and organized two successful Leadership & Public Speaking Courses in 2017 and 2018.

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Scarborough Nenita Mackenzie
 









 

List of Scarborough Councils

Toronto Araceli Farinas

 

 

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