With over 400 guests in attendance at the Annual Catholic Charities Auxiliary Women of the Year Benefit Luncheon celebrated on May 20th, at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Mrs. Monica Kovach was named as the 2019 Catholic Woman of the Year. Most Rev. Bishop Kevin Vann recognized the 21 nominees representing 18 parishes and two Diocesan groups.
Mrs. Kovach has served in numerous leadership roles spanning from Sunday School and First Communion Instructor, Pastoral Care/Health Ministry Secretary, Eucharistic Minister, Altar Linen Minister, Prayer Shawl Minister and Parish School crocheting instructor. In her community she has served as Volunteer Service Council President, Capital Campaign Committee member, Hospitality Chair, Curatorial Faux Food craftsman, Floral Team lead designer and even started a Boy Scouts of America troop! She is also a member of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force. She is most proud of her involvement as Chair for the Parish Health Ministry Board and Core group, where she oversees 13 ministries; as founding member and Co-chair of Bridge of Light, an anti- human trafficking ministry as well as being the Founder and Chair of the Parish Labyrinth Ministry. Her unwavering servant leadership qualities have exemplified her time of service for more than 30 years. Monica is married and has two children. Congratulations to Monica Kovach, who was nominated by St. Irenaeus Parish in Cypress!