Administration

Sister Jessica Kerber, acj, Director (Ext: 11) Email

Sister Jessica was born and raised in Wauwatosa, WI, just outside of Milwaukee. She graduated from ValparaisoUniversity with an elementary education degree. She then served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana. Jessica entered with the Handmaids in 2006, having met these Sisters on a mission trip in El Salvador. After professing her first vows in 2009, she went to Madrid to complete her philosophy and theology studies at the JesuitPontificalUniversity. Since arriving back in Philadelphia in 2014, she has been the Director of Religious Education at Ancillae-AssumptaAcademy, and has complemented the work among the elementary students with ministry among the university students, doing some campus ministry and spiritual direction at St. Joseph's University and teaching an introductory theology class at Villanova. This summer, she'll be collaborating with other Handmaids and Jesuits for the pre-World Youth Day Ignatian experience, Magis, in Poland. She is eager to be a part of the team at St. Raphaela Center, offering others the possibility of a further encounter with God.  

Sister Lyan Tri, acj, Business Manager (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.

Sister Uyen-Chi Dang, ACJEmail

Sister Uyen-Chi was born in Viet Nam, but grew up in California since her family took refuge in the United States after the Fall of Saigon.  She graduated from the University of California with a BS in Bioengineering.  After a few years of working as a researcher for a pharmaceutical company, she went back to school to pursuit a career in education.   She was a high school math teacher for 7 years and a confirmation catechist for 9 years before becoming a Handmaid of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Villanova.  She had been the Director of Religious Education and a religion teacher at Ancillae-AssumptaAcademy.  For the past 22 years, she has been making and studying the Spiritual Exercises with Jesuits.  She is happy to be back at Saint Raphaela Center and excited to serve as a staff member of the Center.

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.

Service

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

Facilities

Marcos Aracena