ACTS CHAPTER TEAM

Richard Brito, Director

Richard was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He has been married since 1984 to his lovely wife Sandi and has three children and four grandchildren. Likes hiking, watching sports, moviegoing and any activity involving my five year old twin grandkids.

Home Parish-St. Thomas More Austin.

First ACTS Retreat and service-He attended his first ACTS retreat in February of 2013. He has served on numerous teams and as Director and Co-Director on Parish based and Missioning teams in both English and Spanish at about seven different Parishes. Also served on St Louis Parish CORE team and as an interim Parish Liaison. He has served on ACTS Missions-Austin Chapter for three years.

Fun facts-On a warm Texas day you’ll find me driving around my Jeep with no doors or roof on and probably getting wet when it rains!

Favorite Saint:  St. Augustine

Favorite Scripture:  Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in Hope, Endure in Affliction, Persevere in Prayer.”

E-mail:  rbatx512@gmail.com    Phone: 512-466-3417

Assigned Parishes:  Ascension, Bastrop



Claudia Rocha, Co-Director

Claudia was born and raised on the Texas Gulf Coast until she moved to Central Texas to attend Southwest Texas State University.  She has worked 20+ years with youth and teens for the City of Austin.

Home Parish:  St. Anthony Marie De Claret, Kyle, TX

First ACTS Retreat and Service:  In the Fall 2009 and has served over five Mission retreats.  She has served on ACTS Missions-Austin Chapter three years.

Fun facts:  Extremely passionate about being an advocate of youth and ACTS Teens.

Favorite Scripture:  Isaiah  41:13

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says, Do not fear I will help you.”

Favorite Saint:  St. Anthony

Email:  rochac14@gmail.com     Phone:  512-769-2265

Assigned ParishesSt. Anthony, Kyle, St. Marin de Porras, Dripping Springs



Anna Brent

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 been married for 42 years to George and 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: St. Elizabeth of  Hungary, Pflugerville and Santa Rosa, Andice



Debbie Farnum

Debbie is a fourth generation Texan, born in Perryton, TX.   She is a Catholic convert who has been married 48 years and 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



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



John Gomez

John was born in San Diego and raised in Texas. He has worked on a variety of jobs making him very versatile.  His love of working with youth has kept him busy in various capacities.

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

First ACTS Retreat and Service:  St. Elizabeth in November 2012.  He has served in various ministries and services and was a Director in 2018.  He also serves on ACTS Teen retreats.  He has been on ACTS Missions Austin Chapter for two years.

Fun facts:  Loves fishing, hunting and Whataburger.  He also enjoys reading.

Favorite Saint:  Saint Michael the Archangel

Favorite Scripture:  Rev. 21:5  “Behold I make all things new.”

E-mailjohngomez823@gmail.com     Phone: 512-413-9937

Assigned Parishes: St. Luke, Temple, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Temple


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


 

Beth Odom

Beth was raised an Army brat having visited many interesting places. She spent most of her time in the Southern U.S. She has been married for 31 years, raising 10 children, has one grandchild and one son-in-law. She loves cooking and reading.

Home parish: St. Catherine of Siena

First ACTS Retreat and service: In 2011 and served on six teams in various roles and on ACTS Missions Austin Chapter for two years

Fun facts: She is a self taught cook and regularly cooks for large crowds at St. Catherine’s family faith formation program. She homeschools her children and has for over twenty years. Her granddaughter is only 18 months younger than her youngest daughter.

Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

Favorite Saint: St Lawrence, because he stood up to a tyrant, he presented the poor and destitute as the treasures of the Church and he had a sense of humor.

Emailmomolot@austinrr.com     Phone:  512-554-3949

Assigned ParishesSt. Catherine of Sienna, St. Paul


Joseph Piedra

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


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, St. Ignatius Martyr


 

David Sismilich

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, Marble Falls/Lampasas coalition


 

Arnold Lopez

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