Monica Noyes, "Outstanding Volunteer”

Catholic Daughters of the Americas is pleased to nominate Monica Noyes as our representative for St. Monica Church Volunteer of the Year Award. Monica has been a parishioner of St. Monica for 13 years, since 2006. Monica grew up in Muenster, Texas. She has spent 50 years as a registered nurse. She is married to Bob Noyes. They have 2 grown children and 8 grandchildren. 

Monica is active in the St Monica Parish serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and she has served as Recording Secretary of Court St. Faustina for the past 3 years. In an effort to provide more opportunities for socialization and interaction for our members Monica took the initiative to organize CDA on the Go with field trips and game days every month. She was also instrumental in creating our Home-Bound Ministry where members pair up to visit those members who are ill or unable to attend meetings.

Monica frequently signs up to bring delicious homemade desserts and side dishes for Helping Hands funeral luncheons. Among Monica’s other volunteer efforts is the Walnut Hill Homeowners Association Volunteers in Patrol.

Nominated by Linda Robertson

Grief Group Support Ministry

Joan Thompson, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Joan is such a quiet but powerful facilitator. When she speaks her words are easily formed and so comforting and reassuring! She is kind and compassionate! Her words are helpful to EVERYONE! Joan is such a gentle and caring person. She is also VERY approachable with her smile and welcoming demeanor. Joan is AMAZING to work with!!

Joan has been a parishioner of St. Monica for 48 years, since 1971. Joan also serves in the St. Monica Stephen Ministry and is a Helping Hands volunteer.

Nominated by Maria Juarez-Plank


David Newby, Outstanding Volunteer

David hit the ground running since he joined the Knights of Columbus. David was active in the parish, but has really become a staple around St. Monica since joining the Knights. In his short time being a Knight, David has been active in Lenten Fish Fry almost every week, he has stepped up to be Santa in pancakes with Santa, has become an officer in council 5656 and has became a leader in RCIA. I could not think of better Knight, a better friend, or a better brother that shows me exactly what we want the face of St. Monica volunteering to be. David has been a parishioner of St. Monica for 5 years, since 2014.

Nominated by Matthew Upton


Olivia Gloria Alcantar “Outstanding Volunteer”

Olivia Gloria Alcantar, known to most as Gloria, and her late husband Julian have been members of St. Monica Catholic Church since 2001. After 55 years of marriage, Gloria’s beloved Julian passed after a long illness. Gloria’s faith in God’s will helped her to persevere and get through her time of grief and pain and learn to live with the loss.

Gloria’s involvement in several ministries at St. Monica gave her the church community support she much needed. Gloria joined the Legion of Mary two years ago and she immediately became an active member by volunteering at the Parsons House for Catholic Services. Shortly thereafter, she started a new Sunday ministry at Traymore Nursing Home where she, one of the Deacons, and sometimes other members gather for a communion service and sharing of the gospel. Twice a week Gloria and Brother Jim take communion to three homebound ladies. During the rest of her already busy week, Gloria visits the sick and elderly a couple of times a week for a total of about 6 hours. Gloria takes her role as a servant of the Lord and her devotion to Our Blessed Lady very seriously and she is a model Legion member. We, at the presidium are extremely grateful for her dedication and years of service and feel she is much deserving of the honor of being chosen to be our Volunteer of the Year.

Nominated by Legion of Mary


Nelly Macias, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Nelly has made a dramatic impact on the Mother’s Ministry by always being ready to invite and welcome new moms that she meets to join us. This year she hosted an Advent gathering in her home and went above and beyond to help our community of moms and families to live the liturgical year in an authentic and joyful way. We are so blessed to have her on our team. Nelly and her husband Rick have been parishioners of St. Monica for 13 years, since 2006. They also serve for the St. Monica English Parent Catechesis.

Nominated by Elizabeth Nava


Michael & Debbie Boone, “Outstanding Volunteers”

Michael and Debbie have been active members of St. Monica for over 20 years. They have been volunteering in the school as well as the parish.  Debbie and Michael have been a Sponsor Couple for our marriage program since 2010. They go above and beyond to make sure couples are well prepared for the sacrament of marriage. They are willing to work with them as needed.  We are blessed to have them as part of our marriage formation program.

Nominated by Martha Gonzalez


Melissa Sapio, “Outstanding Volunteer”

Melissa Sapio is a long-time pro-life advocate who has been serving at the White Rose pregnancy health center as a counselor. She has been a parishioner of St. Monica for 7 years, since 2012. Melissa has served faithfully and effectively and meets the pastoral needs of the clients as well as keeping to one of the goals of the program-praying for each client and their needs/situations. She sponsored a table at the recent Heroic media presentation focusing on raising awareness of abortion issues and raising money to support their efforts. Melissa partnered with Maria Jones to provide baby banks for the children in the Religious Education program. She also brought her mom into the Pro-Life committee and they have added energy and enthusiasm in our growing group.

Nominated by Alex Schilpp and St. Monica Pro-Life Ministry