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Minnesota State Officers

Marlys Knuth, MN State Regent
Marlys Knuth, MN State Regent

Dear CDA Sisters, I am humbled and blessed to serve as your State Regent. St Claire of Assissi says “Love God, Serve God, everything is in that” and Peter 4:10 states  “As each one has  received  a gift….use it to serve one another  as good stewards’ of God’s varied grace”. These statements will guide and inspire  me  and the other State Officers as we proceed into the next two years. I challenge myself to strive to live my life accordingly.

I have been married to my husband, Ken, for 53 years.  We have four children and nine grandchildren. Our children are living throughout the Us and abroad —our daughter and family live in Arlington, MA; a son and  family live in Sebastopol, CA,; another son, in Paris, France and our youngest son and family live near Baltimore, MD.  Being a Minnesota native and living here most of my life, visiting them gives us a great opportunity for travel. A highlight of our life--- hosting the Harvest Mass for the Winona Diocese on Aug. 15, 2014.  We raise Shire horses as a hobby, so  Bishop Quinn was driven to the alter by horse and carriage.

I have been a Catholic Daughter for 34 years in Ct. Queen of Peace #1558, St. Ann’s parish, Slayton, MN.  I have served in many local Officer positions, also as State Education Chair and as  State Second and First Vice Regent.

I have worked in the education field for over 25 years, I have worked with at-risk youth and special needs youth, which was a challenge, but rewarding, because there were occasions where you could see that you made a difference in their lives. I serve as a Eucharistic Minister and Lecturer in our local parish. I have also taught Faith formation classes. Since I have retired from teaching, I find that volunteering and CDA activities fills much of my time. I am a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and have been involved in  that organization on the local level and  on the State Board.

I look forward to working with You and this great team of Officers, serving you,(my CDA Sisters). My desire is to bring good leadership as we work together to increase membership, sustain a close relationship with God and enjoy and participate in CDA events and activities.


Mary Pufall, Mn State 1st Vice Regent
Mary Pufall, Mn State First Vice Regent

CDA Sisters!

I would like to introduce myself as your new State First Vice Regent. I am Mary Pufall from Moorhead, MN. My husband Mike and I have been married for 45 years and I am celebrating 44 years as a Registered Nurse. We are blessed with one daughter Sara, and enjoy living close to her and her husband Victor and our three delightful granddaughters, Rosetta, Isabella and Sophia.   I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. We have lived in Duluth, Cloquet, Crookston and now call Moorhead home. Currently, I am working at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Hospital, Detroit Lakes, in the Emergency Department and also Essentia Health in Ada. I love my work and find it very fulfilling making a difference for my patients and their families every day.
I have been a member of CDA for 23 years, first with Court Bishop Schenk in Crookston and now as a member of Court St. Mary’s in Moorhead. I have served as Court Secretary, Vice Regent and Regent in Crookston. I transferred to Court St. Mary in 2014 and love spending time with my CDA sisters and working on committees and projects with them. Over the past two years I served as your Second Vice Regent. It was a great experience, expanding my leadership skills, working together with amazing women, and traveling the state meeting new sisters.
I am very excited for this new adventure and challenge serving as your new First Vice Regent. I have much to learn about my new role and am fortunate to have some great mentors. I welcome your ideas, suggestions and support. I feel very blessed to have such a great team to work with on the State Board. Thanks Evonne, Marlys, Bonnie and Jackie! I am excited to work with Marlys Knuth, Bonnie Hein,  Monica Capra and Vera Hannig on our new board.    would also like to thank the Past State Officers and all of you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Catholic Daughters. We will keep building on the rich legacy you have entrusted to us. Sharing your unique gifts, talents and enthusiasm is a blessing to our organization and for that I am very grateful.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the Summer Workshops and continuing the important work of the Catholic Daughters. Until then, enjoy this beautiful summer!

God bless you,

Mary Pufall, First Vice Regent

Court St. Mary #509 Moorhead


Monica Capra, MN Second Vice Regent
Monica Capra, MN State Second Vice Regent

My name is Monica Capra and I have been a member of Court Saint Mary-Peter in Mazeppa-Bellechester since 2009. I must admit I have never been a Regent before; I do not have Robert's Rules of Order memorized, and I haven't even read through the Tools of the Trade from cover to cover! But I do, however, have a great love for our Lord Jesus Christ; I have a great love for the Catholic Daughters and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!


Although I have only been a member of Catholic Daughter for ten years, they have been an important part of my life for much longer.  In 2002, my husband, Deacon Paul Tschann (Chaplin of Court St. Mary-Peter) and I, and our four children, moved to Honduras for mission work for two years.  Court St. Mary-Peter was a pillar of support (both in prayer and financially) during our mission years.


Three years after returning from Honduras, we adopted a 16-year old boy, whom we had met there.  We now have five children; Juan has four little ones and lives nearby, Isaac and his wife, Chelsey (a Catholic Daughter) have been married a year and are expecting in February.  Emma and her husband, Kendahl have been married about a year and live in St. Paul.  Jacob and his brand new wife, Sarah are  FOCUS missionaries on Northern University campus in Aberdeen, SD and Rachel is also a FOCUS missionary serving on the college campus of Valparaiso in Indiana.  I work as a special education teacher with the Goodhue County Education District specializing in Physical Impairments, Heath Disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injuries. 


Mission has always been an important part of our lives and Paul & I have led many youth mission trips.  We also took a small group of youth to Poland for World Youth Day in 2016 and to Medjugorje in 2018. Many graces have come from these pilgrimages. I will be remembering each of the courts in my daily prayers and look forward to serving you as your 2nd vice regent.     

Monica Capra

Vera Hannig, State Treasurer
Vera Hannig, Mn State Treasurer

I am honored to accept the challenge to serve as your State Treasurer for 2019-2021.  I will be diligent and take the position very seriously.

My husband, Deacon Dan, and I have been married for 37 years.  Beside being married for these years, we had a journey that included being educators on the same staff a couple times, raising two wonderful sons, and leading a faith centered life.  I am so thankful for my husband to help me to grow in our Catholic faith.

My husband was ordained as a deacon in the year 2000.  He serves as a deacon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston, MN, for seven months and at St. Anthony of Padua in Arizona for five months each year.  My husband’s main ministry is in jails and prisons.

Our two Sons, James and Donovan, live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Redford, Michigan, respectively.  James is the Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Milwaukee. Donovan is an architect in the Detroit area, and his wife is a histotechnologist in Detroit.

I grew up on a farm near Orr, Minnesota, a small town in northeastern Minnesota.  My family moved there from Chicago when my father retired from the US Coast Guard and before I was two years old.  I enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, training horses, and working outside on the farm. My parents brought to our family unique histories.  My father, born in 1906, was the last of fifteen children, coming from a paternal line of blacksmiths. My mother, born in Germany, came to the United States through Ellis Island in 1925 at age thirteen.  My parents provided me the opportunity to take piano lessons for ten years. This led to my playing piano/organ for church for several years. My parents encouraged me to attend college to obtain a degree.  I chose to major in mathematics and minor in biology in the education field. I never regretted my decision.

I was a mathematics teacher for twenty-nine years, working in both public and Catholic high schools.  The last five years of my career was teaching at Cass Lake-Bena High School on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.  I have so many fond memories of my students. Retiring was not easy.

I look forward to seeing and meeting new friends in the Catholic Daughters and in working with your state officers.

Bonnie Hein, State Secretary
Bonnie Hein - Mn State Secretary

Greetings CDA Sisters,

I’m happy to serve as your State Secretary for another two years with a great team of Officers. I really enjoyed coming to your Court activities and hope to continue to do this to get to know more of you even better.

I’m single and grew up on a farm at Browns Valley, Minnesota. I have 9 siblings as well as lots of nieces and nephews who live in various states. In 1979 I move to Fergus Falls and worked in the Education field for 30 years as a Special Education Teacher with the Fergus Falls Public Schools teaching at all grade levels a variety of developmentally and physically disabled students. After retirement from teaching I worked part time as a Direct Service Provider for 6 years working with 4 developmentally disabled adults living in their own apartments and just needing help with certain tasks and activities.  I have been fully retired for 3 years and have enjoyed having more time for travel, going for walks, riding bike, reading, doing cross stitch and embroidery.

At our local church, Our Lady of Victory, I sing in the choir, volunteer on various committees and have been a Catholic Daughter member for 36 years with Court St. Cabrini #1466. I have served as Regent for 4 years, Recording Secretary for 2 years and Treasurer for 2 years. I have been Gummie Bear and Scrapbook chairperson for several years and also served as Youth chairperson. I look forward to seeing you at Summer Workshops and your various court activities.

God Bless and thank you for electing me as your State Secretary.

Bonnie Hein

State Secretary