Administration

Sister Lyan Tri, ACJ, Director (Ext: 14) Email

Sister Lyan joins the St. Raphaela Center Staff in two capacities - first as a Spiritual Director, and second as our new Business Manager. Sister Lyan is a native of Vietnam and is a member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Most recently she has come to the Center from AncillaeAssumptaAcademy where Sister served in coordinating the ReligiousEducationProgramAcademy and was also a Religion teacher. Sister Lyan brings many gifts to our staff. We are happy to have her with us. Sister holds a Master's degree in Spirituality and Retreat Directing from Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo De Manila, a JesuitUniversity in the Philippines. She has also 9 years experience in Vocational Pastoral Ministry and has served in formation ministry for a number of congregations, men and women, in her home country, Vietnam. Sister Lyan’s infectious smile lights up the halls of our RetreatCenter.

Mary Breslin, Registrar Email

We are happy to welcome Mary Breslin to St. Raphaela Center as our Registrar.  Mary holds a BS and an MBA from La Salle University, and her spirituality and knowledge of the Handmaids complement her technical formation.  After spending a few years in Colorado and California, she, her husband and their children returned to Philadelphia, where their children continued their education at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy.  There, Mary was introduced to the Handmaids and served on Parents Council, coached lacrosse and field hockey, and chaired the Food Drive.  She became an ACJ Associate and, over the last 10 years, she has grown in her love of St. Raphaela and of the Handmaid charism, and has served on the Handmaids’ Advisory Board.  Generously giving to the community, she also serves as Ambassador and tour guide at the Cathedral, has been an involved parent at St. Joseph Prep, and continues as a member of the Pathways to College committee of Cristo Rey, Philadelphia.  Staff and retreatants are grateful for her skills, warmth, and genuine care so that they may come to experience God more deeply in their lives.

Lauren Kinslow-Finore, Program Designer (Ext: 21) Email

Lauren joyfully joined the staff at Saint Raphaela Center on August 1, 2018. Lauren's experience includes teaching religion in the classroom both in Pennsylvania and New York City at Sacred Heart Academy and The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She holds a B.A. from Saint Joseph's University, where she first experienced the peace of Saint Raphaela Center while on retreat. She earned her M.A. from Fordham University in Religion and Religious Education and after serving as a campus minister and teacher in Manhattan for seven years she moved home with her husband to begin a new adventure as a mother. Over the past three years, Lauren has served as a prep teacher, Youth Minister, and Director of Religious Education at Saint Mary Magdalen parish, as well as developed her own business "Holy Healthy" which combines her passion for health and bringing others to know God. She served local schools, parishes, individuals, and groups as a retreat director, certified yoga teacher and health coach. Lauren's prayer time with her Spiritual director led her to this new position as the part-time retreat designer for weekly day programs. She is excited to be able to spend time in her first ministry as a mother to her two boys and use her creative side bringing others to the loving heart of Christ.

Hospitality

Sister Kathy Gazie, ACJ, (Ext: 23) Email

Sister Kathy is from Wyandotte, Michigan. Her ministry experiences have included serving as an elementary teacher’s aide at St. Peter the Apostle; as a partner teacher, Art teacher, after-school care teacher, and pre-school teacher at Ancillae-AssumptaAcademy; and as a member of Shawl Ministry. After having served at the Center from 1991-1996 as a member of the staff and Mission Center and coordinator of the Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament and volunteers, she most recently returned to the Center in 2014 as a member of the support staff and as a sacristan. At St. Raphaela Center, she most loves the atmosphere where someone can come and be with and be touched by the Lord. She feels presence of God through the staff and retreatants and desires to make whatever she does an experience that might lead others to God by doing everything with love and for love.

Dining Services

Jean McDonald, Suzanne Conroy, Zeena Alshemry

Facilities

Marcos Aracena, Maria Tabares