Minnesota State Officers
The dynamic speaker, Matthew Kelly, urges us to be the best versions of ourselves we were created to be. This challenging ideal gives me a direction and has the power to inspire me to achieve that which God has set in motion for me. The task of discovering our purpose in life is not an easy one.
The realization that I will never be perfect, but that I can strive for greater perfection, has certainly enhanced my sense of who I am. It allows me to try things, make a few mistakes, fail, try again, and yet always walk with the Lord who empowers me. As a human being, I know I do not have the power to do things without God’s help.
I am a seeker. I seek a deeper faith, a better understanding of what Got expects of me, spiritual growth, and continuing efforts toward my purpose in life. I seek to continue to develop the sisterhood of our organization, assist you in becoming all you can be, and become a source of encouragement for those needing it. I seek to continue promoting the enthusiasm and creativity we have each received from the Holy Spirit for the betterment of our CDA. Through you, the members, I have said “Yes” to God and I seek to do my very best to serve you well and to honor God in doing so. >p> A brief Bio: I was born in west river South Dakota and moved to Minnesota with my husband, Bill, in the early sixties. I have been a Minnesotan every since. My Dad and Mom were both teachers so I naturally chose a teaching career. As a mother four children (one in heaven), eight grandchildren and eleven great-grand children I have incredible experience in patience, persistence, peacemaking and growth in stamina and endurance. My family continues to light up my life! My education was further enhanced as I earned a B.S. degree in Home Economics at SDSU in Brookings, a M.S. degree in Biology at Mankato, and licensure in Chemistry & Physics at Bemidji State University. A teaching career held me for 15 years and then I became a teacher advocate for 17 years with MEA/Education Minnesota.
As an active retiree, I live in Marshall, MN. Beyond loving my faith and my family, I volunteer for church responsibilities as a member of Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall. I serve as a lector and extraordinary communion distributer. I belong to the Council of Catholic Women, served two years as Vice President of the New Ulm Diocesan Council. I am a member of CDA Court St. Joan of Arc in Marshall. I have served on committees such as legislation and education. Serving as local Regent was a wonderful learning experience. I look forward to serving as the 1st Vice Regent of the MN Sate Catholic Daughters of the Americas. I choose to be active in my community where I serve on the leadership team of the Benedictines of Marshall, help provide training for the BeFrienders program, have taught faith formation, serve as a Confirmation Sponsor and am the Queen Mum of the Marshall Delightful Red Hatters. As an extrovert, I am energized by sharing ideas. I desire to bring you good leadership along with enjoyment of life by assisting you to experience the light of joy God has placed within you. May the light of Christ be ignited within you and shine through you each day!
I am excited and humbled to serve as your First Vice-Regent. I am excited because this position gives me the opportunity to work with many of you and ‘feel’ your passion for Catholic Daughters. I am humbled because I know that I have much to learn in serving you, the ‘Sisterhood of CDA'. The Prayer of St. Francis (Lord, make me an instrument of your peace . . ) is an inspiration for me; I say it daily and challenge myself to strive to live my life accordingly.
I have been married to my husband, Ken, for 51 years. We have four children and nine grandchildren. Our children are living throughout the US - 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 in Baltimore, Maryland. Being a Minnesota native and living here most of my life, - visiting them gives us a great opportunity for travel. A highlight of our lives - 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 altar by horse and carriage.
I have been a Catholic Daughter for 32 years in Ct. Queen of Peace #1558, St. Ann’s parish, Slayton, MN. I served in many of the local officer positions and most recently, six years as State Education Chair.
I have worked in the education field for over 25 years as a teacher of Math and English and High School Administrator. I worked with at-risk youth, which was a challenge, but rewarding -because sometimes, you could see that 'you made difference‘ in their lives. I serve as a Eucharistic Minister and Lecturer in our local parish. Since I retired from teaching - I find that volunteering fills much of my time. I take classes from Senior College at SW State in Marshall, Mn. and currently serve on the Board of Directors for Senior College. I am a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts. I have been involved in the organization in a local council, and state capacity.
I look forward to working with this great team of Officers, serving YOU, (my Sisters), learning from our mentors and getting to know many of you.
Mary Pufall, Mn State 2nd Vice Regent
Greetings CDA Sisters!
I have been a member of CDA for 22 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 am enjoying getting to know these sisters and working on committees and projects with them. Over the past two years I served as your State Secretary. 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 Second 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 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, Second Vice Regent
Court St. Mary #509 Moorhead
It is very exciting to be your new Minnesota State Treasurer. I am presently serving as Regent of Court St. Anne #1840 in Medford, Minnesota and have been an active Catholic Daughter for 28 years. As a member of Christ The King Parish, I serve as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector, CCW Officer, and Finance Council Board member.
I have always enjoyed and worked in the Accounting field;
• Office Clerk/Accounts Payable, National Computer Systems (1985-1989)
• Accounts Payable Clerk, Viracon, Inc. (1994-2001)
• Accounts Payable/Cash Application Supervisor, Viracon, Inc. (2001-present)
• Bookkeeper, Svenby's Milling (1986-present)
I have been a resident of the Medford community since 1986 where I have been a past Girl Scout Leader, School Board Member, Steele County Children's Mental Health Collaborative governing board member, and business owner with my husband. My husband Scott and I have been married for almost 29 years. We have three children; Nicole (27), Ty (25), and Calab (24); plus a son-in-law, Josh; daughter-in-law, Chelsey and one grandson, Jacen John (1), with a granddaughter on the way this June!
My interests include walking, gardening, bowling, camping, and reading.
I look forward to sharing my accounting talents with the Catholic Daughters as your Treasurer. I believe that from this experience, I will expand my knowledge and talents, and have a wonderful time seeing new places, continuing old friendships, making new friends, and above all I know that this experience will help me to build and enhance my spiritual growth. I thank each and every one of you for this opportunity.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Greetings CDA Sisters,
I’m your new State Secretary and am excited to serve with a great team of Officers and get to know more of you at the Summer Workshops or at some of your court events.
I’m single and I have 9 siblings as well as lots of nieces and nephews who live in various states. Now that I’m retired I have more time for traveling to see them and to attend weddings, graduations, anniversaries, etc. I also enjoy going for walks, riding bike, reading, doing cross stitch and embroidery.
I 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.
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 34 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.
God Bless and thank you for electing me as your State Secretary.