Farewell Jean!

It is with sadness we convey the news that our Jean entered eternal life on Sunday July 7, 2019. For the past 27 years, Jean McDonald served in just about every capacity in the daily life of the retreat center, and – as she often pointed out- knew the house and its history better than anyone else. For many groups, Jean was the face of hospitality, caring exceedingly for the practical needs of the retreatants. She was like a mother or grandmother to the retreatants, and a sister and friend to the Handmaid community. As part of our family, your spirit will always be present here, Jean.

We will always remember you, Jean, and your example of faith. We are grateful for the many times you brought and shared your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with the Handmaids and our St. Raphaela Center family.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family visitation from 6-8pm on Wednesday July 10 and 9-9:45am on Thursday, July 11 at Donohue Funeral Home at 8401 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30am Thursday July 11 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 6301 Woodbine Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151

Let us assure Jean’s family that the St. Raphaela Center community is united with them at this difficult time. Your prayers, support and messages of sympathy will be greatly appreciated.

In care of
MaryAnn Coyle
4376 Woodland Ave.
Drexel Hill, PA 19026


With love,

Sr. Lyan Tri, acj
St. Raphaela Center


St. Raphaela Center welcomes both Individuals and Groups looking for a time of retreat. We also offer scheduled Programs, including a variety of retreats and events organized by our Center staff around different thematic and spiritually-guided formats.

For Individuals

  • Personal Days of Prayer: Choose from one of our scheduled dates or arrange for your own.
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  • Collaboration of a staff member to help plan and facilitate a retreat

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