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 on her mother’s advice, who was not a member at the time.  As a young career mom in 1998, she became a member of St. John Fisher CWL Council in Brampton. She credits the League for the influence it had on how she raised her family; strengthened her Catholic values; enhanced her professional life and assisted with a better understanding of the importance of volunteerism. 

At the parish level, Hilarion held many executive positions; Spiritual Development, Resolutions, Legislation, Membership, President, Organization and Parish Activities. She chaired her council’s 50th and 55th anniversaries. She received her Maple Leaf Service Pin in 2009. Hilarion is also active in her parish as a Lector and was a Eucharistic Minister. Hilarion was Peel Regional Chair (2007 – 2009), Peel Past Regional Chair/Historian (2009 – 2011).  On the Toronto Diocesan Council, she held standing committee positions as 2nd Vice President/Spiritual Development (2015 – 2017), 1st Vice President/Resolutions (2013 – 2015), Legislation (2011 – 2013), Christian Family Life (2009 – 2011).  

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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  

  Born in Indonesia Andrea is the 5th of 6 children and came to Canada with her family when she was 12 yrs old.  She and her husband Paul of 37 years, have 2 young adult sons. 

Andrea joined the League in 1996, when her Parish Council, St. Patrick’s Mississauga, needed to fill-in as Christian Family Life convener. In less than 2 years, she was elected Organization Chair and was President 2000 – 2001.  

On the regional level, she served as Communications Chair, Recording Secretary, and then as Peel Regional Chair in 2009 - 2011, which has brought her great joy and tremendous growth.  While at the regional level, she doubled her contribution, and continued to support her Parish Council at St. Patrick's by filling in as Treasurer, Christian Family Life convener.  And then moved forward as a sub-convener to the Toronto Diocesan Christian Family Life Standing Committee chair.

In the spring of 2011, Andrea was invited to be a part of the National ad hoc Leadership Development committee as one of the 2 consultants from the younger generation of League members, under the leadership of Betty Anne Brown Davidson, the then National Organization chair.  The fruits of the much labour of love was named "Catch the Fire!" workshop, which was launched at the 2012 National Convention in Edmonton.  Andrea was also selected to be one of the two Ontario Provincial workshop facilitators - Sparks, for 2012 - 2014.

Andrea continued to challenge herself by accepting a nomination as a Standing Committee chair at the Diocesan level, and was elected as Toronto Diocesan Communications Chair for 2013 – 2015, then as Community Life Standing Committee chair for 2015 – 2017.  And at the same time, she continues her support for her Parish Council at St. Patrick’s as a sub-convener for Organization looking after the On-Line Membership.

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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


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 



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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



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Scarborough Nenita Mackenzie


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Toronto Araceli Farinas



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