|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 First Vice Regent
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.
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.