Diocesan CWL Spiritual Advisor
Fr. Neil Lustado
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Nelson Diocesan President
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She joined the CWL in 2007 and jumped in with both feet, eager to learn all that the League had to offer. Despite her mother being a CWL parish president, CWL largely meant funeral receptions and the parish’s annual bazaar. Her enthusiasm for this new knowledge led her to being the BC “spark” for the national Catch the Fire initiative, travelling throughout the province assisting with workshops. Her love of the League was nurtured in a council whose members became very dear and close friends. Leaving this family of women was the hardest part of moving to the Okanagan.
In Kelowna she became diocesan president as well as the co-chair for hosting the CWL National Convention in Kelowna in 2022. Although family will always take priority, the League has proven to be a part of who she is and despite the challenges, the rewards and blessings of serving in this organization surpass it all. Her goal is to get all Catholic women to look past what they think the CWL is and look to the heart and mission of who we really are – “to call its members to grow in faith, and to witness to the love of God through ministry and service.”
She looks forward to continue being an active participant in this exciting period of the League’s growth.
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I have been a member of Kimberley Sacred Heart CWL for 23 years. I am presently the Secretary for our Council and held this position in 2012/2013 as well. I have also served as Secretary for Sacred Heart Parish Council 2014-2019. In saying that, I do have experience as Secretary but as with all new positions there are new challenges! With God’s help and your patience, I will do my very best.
My involvement in the Parish and CWL have been a wonderful experience! Through the mentorship and encouragement of council colleagues I have grown in personal confidence, spirituality, and leadership abilities. In our CWL Council, I have served as President, Past President, Organization Chair, Christian Family Life Chair, Community Life Chair, Coordinator of our Annual Christmas Fair and St Patrick’s Day Tea. In the Parish I have served as Chair of the Liturgy Committee, scheduled and trained Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers and Readers. In the Kimberley Community I coordinated the World Day of Prayer, 24 Hours of Palliative Care and chaired the Kimberley Interchurch Group.
I am also proud to be a survivor paddler on the Abreast in the Rockies Dragonboat Team since 2006! As with the CWL, I value the spirit, camaraderie, support, and friendships that evolve in being a “team” member.
All this has brought me to the realization that I do like to be involved and I get excited and inspired about participating in all new initiatives…or I can’t say “no” 😊!
Aside from meetings I very much enjoy recreating in the outdoors with my husband, family, and friends. We like to cycle, kayak, camp, hike, and cross-country ski. We’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel; the Oregon Coast, Yosemite National Park, 2 cruises and a trip of a lifetime to France on a boat/cycle tour. And not to mention, all the fabulous times we’ve had with our 2 sons and their families (4 cherished grandchildren!) We are truly blessed!
Blessings,Heather“LOOK at faces alive with God’s tenderness and goodness working in our midst.”Pope Francis
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I am happy to help on the diocesan council as treasurer – and would love to help a new treasurer take over!
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My husband Murray, the children and I went on postings overseas and were uprooted every 2 or 3 years. That was not easy, but it was an opportunity to study people, their languages, cultures and traditions. I learned more from living in different countries than I would have in classrooms or from books. I was fortunate to meet Saint Mother Teresa of Kolkata, to experience working with the disadvantaged through volunteer work and to experience the kindness of people who made us feel welcome.
We’ve been blessed with 6 children and 8 grandchildren and my life often revolves around them. Murray retired in 2001 and we made Kelowna our home and St. Pius X our parish church. I was Lector, RCIC Teacher, and as Parish Council President, organized a Nelson Diocesan Convention at our church. Currently a Eucharistic Minister, Social Outreach Coordinator and Social Convenor for Parish Council. Murray is a Eucharistic Minister, an active member of the Knights of Columbus and has held the positions of Grand Knight and District Deputy Grand Knight.
I joined the League in 2005 and became chairperson for Community Life, then Organization and lastly President. At the Diocesan level, I took the same path and now I am deeply honored to be serving as President. The diocesan theme we chose for 2021-2023 is Connecting with Love, a theme I hope will inspire all of us to achieve what we can because we care about others.
Chair of Faith
Wilma Lucia Suarez-Pinzon
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I have studied in several countries; Colombia, USA, England, Denmark, Germany, and Ecuador, and visited others such as Japan, China, Ireland, Scotland, Finland, and Russia. My husband and very special friend for the past 14 years has taught me about the public life of Canada and how we relate to the lakes, mountains, fish, and the long summer days in BC. Somehow this is so different from the 33 years I did live and work in Alberta. Being a Canadian has been a gift to me, and carrying Christ through my years continues to be the most amazing experience I have ever had so far. I do give thanks to the Catholic Women’s League for its legacy and for the desire to continue progressing with God’s blessings today. I am also a Secular Franciscan and try to serve the elderly people who are so much in need of joy and hope.
Wilma Lucia Suarez-PinzonChair of Faith
Chair of Service
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I have really enjoyed the happiness that the above activities awarded me. It’s my hope that I can do my best as Health & Education chair, I look forward to read all of Fran’s Communique to guide me,
Thanks for allowing me to share my life with you.
With love and blessings,
Chair of Social Justice
Rosa Maria Rocca
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Rosa’s work with St Michael’s parish CWL began when she moved to Sparwood as a new bride. She began by assisting with funerals, teas, lunches, fundraisers, and church cleaning. As her daughters grew, they began catechism and that became the motivation for her to teach First Communion classes. Adding to that, overseeing the altar servers, as her girls were among the first female altar servers. She also took on the washing and pressing of altar linens and some of these things she continues to do today.
Active in CWL since 1987 she has served as president of her parish’s CWL group and was part of the Nelson Diocesan team for several years. She also worked with a team called CWL Field Workers that visited the different parishes providing education by giving programs and workshops about what CWL is all about.
Rosa’s faith life has been most important to her, and she has eagerly served as eucharistic minister, as Community Life Convener, as a member of the parish council, and worked with the youth group at times even providing spaghetti dinners for them.Rosa and Santo share a strong interest in politics, and they are both well known to the MLA and MP representing this area as being very supportive constituents.Nominated for the Social Justice Committee Rosa has elected to focus on her long held high interest in senior issues. She has been a long-time member and vice chair of the Rocky Mountain Village Care Home auxiliary, active on the board of directors of Lilac Terrace for seniors and co- chair of the BC Senior Community Response Network.Rosa is not afraid to speak up about injustices in respect to any age group however seniors grab her attention more as she is known to have deep feelings regarding caring for that demographic and so she looks forward to assisting in this concern. Rosa’s favorite pastime is spending time with her grandchildren, travelling and spending time with friends and family. Her Catholic faith has been a solid part of her life and she is happy to be with like minded women who share her Catholic values and accept giving voice to her interests.
Life Member Liaison
Caroline Ann Alter