ACTS CHAPTER TEAM

Anna Brent-Director

Anna was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.  She then moved to Houston for 23 years.  After her first grandchild was born, moved to Austin, TX.  She has one daughter and son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Home Parish:  St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pflugerville, TX

First ACTS Retreat and service:  St. Peter, Kirkwood, MO in 2011. Has served as lead in all Services and Ministries and as a Director, Co-Director and Spiritual Companion.  Graduated from the Oblate School of Theology with a Certification as a Spiritual Companion.  Also serves as a Spiritual Director in the Diocese of Austin.  She has been on ACTS Missions-Austin Chapter for two years.

Fun facts:  Loves cycling and rides 100 miles every year in June to raise money for the Great Cycle Challenge which profits children’s cancer research.  Enjoys grilling for family and friends.

Favorite saint:  St. Michael the Archangel

Favorite scripture:  2 Thessalonians 16-18

“Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.”

E-mailannagbrent@gmail.com     Phone: 713-466-6045

Assigned Parishes: Ascension-Bastrop, St Catherine Siena


Arnold Lopez-Co-Director

Arnold was born in San Antonio,Tx. Moved to Austin to attend  The University of Texas. He has been married to DeeAnn Toro since 1997 and has one daughter and two granddaughters.

Home Parish:  St Albert the Great, Austin,Tx

First ACTS Retreat and Services in October of 2010 with St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  Has served on two different Missioning teams and several retreat teams.  He has also served on the first St Albert CORE team.  He is our newest Chapter member and will serve until 2023.

Fun Facts:   He enjoys movies, music and spending time with family.

Favorite Saint: St. Michael the Archangel

Favorite Scripture:  John 15:12-13

“This is my commandment:  Love one another as I love you.  No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Email:  arnoldlopez@iheartmedia.com    Phone:  512-426-8681

Assigned Parishes:  Marble Falls/Lampasas coalition, St Albert the Great


Joseph Piedra-Teen SME

Joseph was born in Seguin, TX but has lived in Austin for many years. He is married to Micaela and has four children, one in the Marines, and one at St. Edward’s University.

Home Parish: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Austin

First ACTS Retreat and Service -was in December 2007 with Our Lady of Guadalupe and has been a part of ACTS to this very day.  He has served on numerous Parish and Missioning Retreat teams.  He has served as Adult Teen Director, Facilitator of OLG CORE Team and has been on ACTS Mission Austin Chapter for six months.

Fun Facts:  Loves to go fishing and cookouts with friends and family.  He designs and prints Homecoming Teen ACTS shirts every year for his parish, donating his time and talent.

Favorite Saint:  St. Joseph

Favorite Scripture:  Peter 5:5  “Clothe yourself with humility in your dealings with one another, for God opposes the proud but bestows favor on the humble.”

E-mail: josephpiedra@gmail.com        Phone: 512-351-1287

Assigned Parishes: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Austin, Holy Cross, Austin


Debbie Farnum-Treasurer

Debbie is a fourth generation Texan, born in Perryton, TX.   She is a Catholic convert who has two children and nine grandchildren.

Home Parish: St. Louis King of France, Austin

First ACTS Retreat and service – Holy Spirit Catholic Church (San Antonio) in May of 2011.  Has served as Director, Co-Director and on various leads on both services and ministries.  Has served on three missioning teams; Bastrop, Hawaii and Kentucky as well as the St Louis Core team.  Currently treasurer in her second year of the ACTS Missions-Austin Chapter.

Fun Facts:  Can play piano, violin and flute – but don’t ask her to do that now!

Favorite Scripture  Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will added to you.”

Email:  debfarnum67@gmail.com     Phone:     512-512-587-1248

Assigned Parishes: St. Louis King of France,  St. Thomas Aquinas, College Station


David Sismilich-Communications

David was born in San Antonio but came to Austin in 1953. He has been married for 43 years and has 5 grandkids.

Home Parish:  St. William, Round Rock, Tx

First ACTS Retreat and Services in 2014 with St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  Has served on five different Parish based or Mission teams since then.  Has been on ACTS Mission Austin Chapter for one year.  David serves as a Minister of Holy Communion at St. William along with taking Holy Communion to the homebound.  He also volunteers at the Sacred Heart Community Clinic.

 

Fun Facts:  He enjoys traveling and yard work.

Favorite Saint:   St. Anthony of Padua because I am always losing things.  He has always come through!

Favorite Scripture:  Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

Email:  txex1976@yahoo.com     Phone:  512-971-0012

Assigned Parishes:  St William – Round Rock, St Anthony Kyle


Cinamon Fulp

Cinamon was born and raised in Texas.  She has been blessed with a wonderful husband, four wonderful kids and four granddaughters.

Home Parish:  Christ the King, Belton

First ACTS Retreat and Service:  St. Mary’s in West in 2010.  Enjoys spending time with her family and volunteers at Christ the King teaching RE and on the Welcoming Committee of her Parish.  Has served on ACTS Missions Austin Chapter for one year.

Favorite Saint:  Saint Monica

Favorite Scripture:  Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the places I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”

E-mailcinamonmercer@gmail.com     Phone: 254-230-5362

Assigned Parishes: Christ the King, Belton, St Stephen, Salado


Fr. Douglas Jeffers

Fr. Doug was ordained Priest in the Diocese of Austin in 2017 and currently serves as Parochial Vicar for St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pflugerville, TX

First ACTS Retreat and Service:  Fr. Doug first became involved in ACTS while he was a seminarian at St. Anthony’s in Kyle in 2016, and now serves as the Diocesan Clergy Liaison.  He has been on ACTS Missions Chapter for two years.

Favorite Saint:  St. Thomas Aquinas

 

E-mail:  fr.doug.jeffers@stelizabethpf.org

Phone: 512-251-9838


 Martin A. Mascarenas

Martin was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico and grew up in the small town of Espanola. He is the oldest of four, two brothers and one sister. First job brought him to Austin in 1988 where he worked for IBM for ten years  He later left and is currently running his own software company that services the public sector market in professional development and certification tracking.

Home Parish:  St. William, Round Rock, Tx.

First ACTS Retreat and Service – was in Lubbock Texas in 2012 and assists ACTS Missions with software issues.  He has served on numerous teams at three different parishes and is in his second year of ACTS Missions Austin Chapter.

Fun Facts: Almost became a professional pool player instead of working for IBM back in 1990.  Loves backpacking, scuba diving, hunting, snow skiing, jogging and spending time at the beach with his kids.

Favorite Saint: Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Favorite Scripture:  Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

E-mail:  martin.mascarenas@gmail.com      Phone: 512-801-5252

Assigned Parishes: ACTS of the Holy Spirit – Waco Coalition, St. Mary Church of the Assumption, West


Susan Requejo

Susan was born and raised in Austin, Texas.  She retired two years ago from the City of Austin after thirty years of service.

Home Parish:  Cristo Rey, Austin

First ACTS Retreat and Service:    July 2014 at Cristo Rey.  She has served on several teams and was a Director at Cristo Rey.  She also has served on ACTS CORE, Pastoral Council and is a Minister of Holy Communion as well as a Lector at her church.  Has been on ACTS Missions Austin Chapter for six months.

Fun Facts: Loved square dancing in elementary school, loves hanging out with nieces and nephews because she is just a big kid at heart!

Favorite Saint:  St. Michael the Archangel

Favorite Scripture:  Isaiah 45:4  “I call you by your name.”

E-mail:   srequejo61@gmail.com      `Phone:  512-791-6594

Assigned Parishes: Cristo Rey, Santa Rosa-Andice


Diane Landeros Drane

Diane was raised in Rogers, Texas. She then moved to Austin area for 30 years. She is married to Richard Drane and has one son. She retired from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2019 with 30 years.
She is currently involved in private consulting with GMiS conference group.

Home Parish:  St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pflugerville, TX

First ACTS Retreat and Service:    St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Pflugerville, TX in 2012. She has served on four retreats. She has served on ACTS CORE for 3 years.

Fun Facts: She loves taking road trips with her husband. Loves having fellowship with neighbors.

Favorite Saint:  St. Mary because she answers her prayers.

Favorite Scripture:  Isaiah 12:2-3
God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior.

E-mail:   landeros38@yahoo.com      `Phone:  512-736-0451

Assigned Parishes: St Elizabeth of Hungary, St Pauls

 


Daniel Caballero

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Home Parish:  St. Louis King of France, Austin, TX

First ACTS Retreat and Service:    2013 first ACTS retreat; 2014 on two teams one as Co-Director; 2015-17 on St. Louis Core team as Co-Facilitator, events coordinator and Spiritual coordinator; 2018-20 served on three mission teams at St. Stephens/Salado, St. Albert’s, and St. Ignatius/Austin where he was Director.

Fun Facts: He enjoys F1, Nascar and other racing events. He is a volunteer at COTA for the past six years for many major events.

Favorite Saint:  St. Joseph.

Favorite Scripture:  ACTS 20;24
Yet I consider life of no importance to me me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace.

E-mail:  dcaballero1963@gmail.com       Phone:  512-417-2959

Assigned Parishes: St Ignatius Martyr, St Martin de Pores-Dripping Springs