Lisa Munson, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Lisa Munson has been a member of St. Monica since 2008, and has been a Family Center Greeter for two years. She has two children attending our St. Monica School. With all of her family commitments, Lisa still manages to find time to volunteer once a week, as a Family Center Greeter, to sit and guard the front desk, and help keep our littlest bearcats safe. She always offers to help with preschool related tasks. We appreciate all that Lisa does for preschool, and we are glad to get to keep her in our preschool family for another year!

Nominated by Sarah Peralta


Grief Group Support Ministry

Pam Fete, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Pam Fete is nominated for her commitment and dedication as a facilitator to this very important ministry. Pam has been involved from the inception of this program 2 years ago, in 2015, always open to all recommended training, to hone her skills as a lay facilitator. She possesses key skills in this role, compassion and patience in guiding participants dealing with their grief from the loss of a loved one. Pam has served as lead facilitator, co-facilitator and substitute facilitator. She has shared her experience with the newer facilitators, as the ministry continues to grow. Pam always looks for other resources or activities to share with the group that might prove therapeutic and lend itself to the spiritual healing process. In addition to her role with the Grief Ministry, Pam serves on the Stephen Ministry and is a member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

Nominated by Maria Juarez-Plank



Daryl Avery, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Daryl Avery has been a Knight since 2007 and is a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5656 at St. Monica. He has been elected as Treasurer every year since our council's founding in 2010. Daryl was awarded Knight of the Year in 2011 and was editor for the council’s newsletter “The Knightly News”. Daryl participates in nearly every event we hold, and he always does it with a big smile and a positive attitude. Many parishioners look forward to buying Burritos & Sausage from him at his regular spot at the church's south door.

Daryl and his lovely wife Wanda joined the St. Monica parish in 2004. In addition to his activities with the Knights, he also serves as a Lector, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at 8:00am Mass, takes Communion to the home bound, provides food and volunteers his time at the Austin Street Center and is an Altar Server for the 6:45am weekday Mass. Additionally, Daryl is currently in the Aspirancy Period of the Diaconal Formation Program for the 2022 Class here in the Dallas diocese. Above all, Daryl is a consummate gentleman and one of the nicest people in our parish.

Nominated by Michael Burns


Helen Kim, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Helen is an active member of Catholic Daughters of America-Court St. Faustina, Legion of Mary, Eucharist Ministry, and is an Usher at 5 o’clock Saturday evening Mass. Helen lives a life of devout service to Our Lord by using her ability to speak Korean to translate for patients in emergency rooms at Medical City, Baylor Hospital Carrollton, Accea Rehab, and Parkland Hospital. She is always on call making herself available to them at all hours of the day or night.  Helen also provides other social services as needed by the patients and serves with St. Paul Love in Action who provides financial and housing assistance to families and individuals in need.

Week after week, Helen walks in to the Legion of Mary meeting on Monday mornings, greeting everyone with a smile, helping to setup, and sharing about her previous weeks many hours of service, often 30 or more hours of charitable work. Helen is a true model of one who has devoted her life to love and serve the Lord, and has found a way to put God first, followed by family and community, in her daily life.  She exemplifies Joy in Service; she shows us what love looks like.

Nominated by Legion of Mary



Estelle Smith, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Estelle Smith has been a lifelong member of St. Monica for some 60 plus years, having registered back in 1956. As a member of the Multicultural Group, Estelle is a representative of the Czechoslovakia Ethnic group. She was born in West Texas near Waco, was married to the late Raymond Smith, and has been blessed with 3 children, ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Estelle’s rich history with St. Monica includes being a charter member of St Monica Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughter of America. She is a pioneer member of the Multicultural Ministry. She is very active and always ready to help wherever she is needed. Estelle and other members of the Ethnic group were instrumental in providing exquisite cuisine and dances for the 2016 Multicultural Celebration. Her faith and generosity in serving has won her the admiration of the Multicultural Group, and the unanimous nomination as the 2017 volunteer nominee for this ministry. Estelle is our role model and we proudly choose her as our ministry representative.

Nominated by Juliette Akagu



Vivian Junius “Outstanding Volunteer”

Vivian Junius has been a parishioner of St. Monica since 2013. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria, is married to Paul Junius and has one child, Kosi, who attends St. Monica Catholic School. Vivian is an executive member of the Nigerian Catholic Women Organization. She is very active in promoting awareness on issues important to the Nigeria Catholic Women Organization, and supports many causes such as donating generously to charitable organizations and endeavors. In addition to serving in the Nigerian Catholic Women’s Organization, Vivian is also a member of the Legion of Mary and a representative of the Nigerian Ethnic group in the Multicultural Ministry. Our ministry appreciates and congratulates Vivian for this recognition and nomination.

Nominated by Juliette Akagu


Sylvia Perez, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Sylvia is always ready to cover masses during pro-life events, prepare meals, take donations to clinics and make props. She attends meetings and assists with many other projects needed for our ministry. Sylvia is always ready to help in any way needed, and always, with a positive attitude.

Nominated by Elida Muñoz



Gary & Judy Stanley, “Outstanding Volunteers”

Gary and Judy Stanley form a part of our Sponsor Couple Ministry team. They minister to those who are engaged by meeting with them four times before couples get married to help prepare them for the Sacrament of marriage. Despite complicated schedules, Gary and Judy are always flexible and eager to take on new couples. They are a reliable couple and we can count on them to work with couples when asked. We hope they will continue in this ministry, building stronger Catholic marriages, for many more years to come.

Nominated by Mariangela Byrne