Tui Pasco from Invercargill has been elected the new national president of the Catholic Women’s League at its recent annual conference.
Married with four adult children and four grandchildren, Tui is currently associate principal of St Teresa’s School, Bluff, and was also the school’s director of religious studies for 20 years.
Tui has been deeply involved in CWL affairs as branch president, secretary and treasurer. She was Dunedin Diocesan President from 1996-2000. She then served as regional representative for the city parishes of Invercargill and as mission secretary on the Dunedin Diocesan Council.
At parish level Tui chaired the liturgy committee. She is currently a minister of the eucharist.
‘Lay ministry is something that I’ve long felt is very important for the church,’ she says.
‘It is of course one of the underlying tenets of the league that helps give us vision as a group of lay women.’
Tui also represents Invercargill on the board of Catholic Social Services in the Dunedin Diocese.
Retiring national secretary of the league, Terry Scott, describes Tui Pasco as ‘a true extrovert and natural leader – Tui enjoys meeting and chatting with people. She will bring new vitality to the league in her new role.’