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Fr. Ariel Lustan - Casa Grande
Fr. Ariel is currently the pastor at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Casa Grande, Arizona.
First Vice Regent
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Second Vice Regent
Marilyn joined Catholic Daughters in 1997 at Court St. Francis of Assisi #2221 in Tucson. From 1999-2002she served as Vice Regent for the court and from 2002-2006 served as Regent. She is currently their financial secretary. She has been an officer on the state board for over 8 years including Secretary and Treasurer.
Marilyn's hobbies include bowling, embroidery, traveling, cooking for her family, and learning piano. She has 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She says they are a blessing around Christmastime.
Carolyn became involved in Catholic Daughters in 2001 after her mother start Court St. Germaine #2473 in Prescott Valley in 2000. She served as the local court's treasurer from 2002-2006 and regent from 2008-2012. This is her first term on the Arizona State Board.
She enjoys hiking, exercise classes, kayaking, movies and traveling. She writes, "Other than my passion for Catholic Daughters, [I enjoy] spending time with my family in various locations of the country as California, Seattle, and Texas.
"In 2003 I was invited by Betty Grogan Past State Regent and one of the founding members of Court Queen of Peace 2359 in Green Valley Arizona to join the Court. At that time Betty was my Stephen Minister and helped me through a very difficult time in my life. We did every thing with much laughter and tears.
Shortly after I joined the Court, the Regent Catherine Stevenson was taken ill and she asked me to become the Regent. My, was that a learning curve. Our first event was a breakfast after Mass. Our Pastor Father Francisco Maldonado was new and I had not met him before. Also, who should come from Tucson: Delma Araiza and Delecia Reynolds. I had never met either of them before so it was quite a nerve wracking experience. I should never have worried. They were all delightful and have helped me from the word go.
In 2005 I became the Arizona State Treasurer. I then served as 1st State and 2nd State Vice Regent before becoming State Regent in 2013.
It is an honor to serve the Catholic Daughters and share the responsibilities with the other members of the State Board. I have been fortunate to have good mentors in Delma Araiza and our Chaplin Father Abran Tadeo. I continue to benefit from their advice and help as I continue on this journey. The Catholic Daughters organization has been very instrumental in developing my faith and increasing my knowledge of the Catholic Church
My desire now is to work hard with the other good women of this state and bring more good women into the organization
I also want to encourage the formation of the Junior Catholic Daughters."
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Susan Mone -Arizona National Direcor and passed Arizona State Regent
Biography to come.
Carolyn and Deacon Carl Vessels - Circle of Love Spiritual Enhancement Chairpersons
"We are Carl and Carolyn Vessels of Court #2398 St. Rose of Lima in Safford, AZ. We have been married 54 years and are great-grandparents. Our daughter lives in Tucson, and her two sons live in the Phoenix area with their families. We head the Marriage Preparation Team at St. Rose of Lima Church. We are also members of the Safford Lions Club.
Carl is a licensed CPA in both California and Arizona. He has been a deacon for 11 years and a chaplain of our local CDA Court for about five years. He is known by his family as “Smiley” for obvious reasons when you see his smile.
Carolyn is a lector at Mass and a religious education teacher. She is also Arizona Circle of Love Spiritual Enhancement chair and, as of June 2014, Recording Secretary for her local court. I have a part-time job as a proofreader at our local newspaper.
Aside from the fulfillment we get serving God and community, our personal enjoyment comes from family gatherings, travel, good music (strongly leaning toward folk), and our two cats, Pio and Edward. In addition, Carolyn likes dabbling in gourmet cooking and solving difficult crossword puzzles."
Carolyn Rebholz - Legislative Chairperson
Biography soon to come.
Paula Witke - Circle of Love Chairperson DD for Lake Havasu City, Casa Grande, and Marana
Biography soon to follow.
Bette Acittele - State Parliamentarian, Regent of Court Queen of Peace, Green Valley
Biography to come.
Lynn Wilson - State Newsletter Editor, State Education Contest Chairperson, Webmaster Court Daughters of St. Anthony, Casa Grande, Arizona
Lynn is the mother of five adult children, and five grand-children. She was widowed in 2014. She is active in her parish of St. Anthony’s where she is an EM, Lector and helps with R.C.I.A. She was accepted into the Formation class of 2021 for the Diocese of Tucson. She’s a Lay Religious with the Salvatorians she made her commitment in December of 2017. She has completed the 3-year Bible Institute of Southern Arizona, June 2018. She enjoys traveling and spending time with the grandchildren.
Vera Dietrich - DD for Court Our Lady of Lourdes, Sun City West
Vee started her journey with Catholic Daughters in Wheaton, Ill. in 1970. There, she served as recording secretary for 6 years, financial secretary for 7 years, and treasurer for 2 years. In 1985, her family moved to Salem, N.H. and she transferred to the local court. She continued her service on their board as treasurer for 4 years. She had to move overseas, but remained a member of the court. After her return to Salem, she served as financial secretary. She moved to Sun City, Ariz. in 1995 where she transferred to Court #2067 Madonna where she held board positions of secretary, treasurer and financial secretary. She organizes the court's newsletter, as she has for the past 10 years. She has served as District Deputy for Sun City West since September of 2011.
She writes, "I have always been active in CDA, attend workshops, retreats and State conventions whenever I can, and attended only one National Convention.
"In my present chapter I have always tried to support whatever event we plan, and help where I can. I keep good records and enjoy book jobs. I am not a leader type person as I dread having to talk in front of a group."
Vee will celebrate 44 years with Catholic Daughters in November 2014.
Malena Peraza - DD for St. Germaine, Prescott Valley
Malena began her time with Catholic Daughters as a charter member of Court #2473 St. Germaine in June 2001. She served as the court's first recording secretary, a term as vice regent, as well as regent. She has served as the court's district deputy since 2010.
Some of the fundraisers Malena has been involved in along with her court are tea parties, which she noted were successful fundraisers and a big hit with the community, and St. Germaine Catholic Church's "Lending Closet" that helps families minimize the cost of their child's First Communion celebration by allowing them to select a communion outfit for their son or daughter.
She writes, "My hope is to remain a Catholic Daughter for the rest of my life. This wonderful women’s group has dedicated itself to serving others at the forefront. Being a Daughter helps to center my spirituality. I have been married for 19 years and have two teenagers. I am proud to say that our efforts and good works in Catholic Daughters’ have reflected with our children’s spiritual journey as well."
Patricia Bailon - DD for Court St. Mark, Winslow
Patricia joined the Catholic Daughters in 1998 with Court #312 St. Mark in Winslow, Ariz. She served as Regent for her court from 2006-2010. In 2011, she was asked to serve as District Deputy and continued the call when requested in May 2013.
She's very involved with Junior Catholic Daughters, instituting JCDA court St. Maria Goretti #312 in coordination with her own court and state officers. She also serves as the State Chair of the Circle of Love for Junior Catholic Daughters.
Patricia and her husband, Joe, will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary on April 25, 2014. They have 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren of whom, she says, they are proud.
Joan Cosson - DD for Court Padre Kino, Tempe
Joan joined the Catholic Daughters in Sheboygan, Wis. in the late 1950's. While she served as vice regent in the early 1970's, her court was disbanded. In 1991, she joined Court #2278 Our Lady of Lourdes in Sun City West, Ariz. There she has served as vice regent, two terms as regent, and continues to serve as the court's Co-chairman of their rummage sale the last 14 years. She also chairs the sewing group which makes quilts and booties for the Crisis Pregnancy Centers. She notes, "Being a Catholic Daughter is an important part of my life."
Mary Campbell - DD
In 1977, Mary joined Court #1987 St. Monica at St. Monica Church in Tucson. Mary served as regent, vice regent, secretary and assistant treasurer "whenever [she] was elected. No job was too big to handle," she writes. While the court was very active and most members participated in fundraising bake sales and yard sales, unfortunately the court disbanded in 2009 while Mary held the office of Regent. "In my mind, I had to continue what God wanted me to do." Mary then became a member of Court #1227 St. Augustine and then Court #2221 St. Francis of Assisi. She has served as District Deputy for 6 years and enjoys every aspect of the job.