Our Spiritual Directors

Spiritual Direction is offered at St. Raphaela Center by formally trained sisters with whom you may meet privately and confidentially on a one-time or continuing basis during retreats and/or outside of retreats.

Sister Cam Banh, ACJ Email

Sister Cam, who is of Chinese decent, was born and grew up in South Vietnam.  She immigrated to the United States (Pennsylvania in 1982, and in 1989 entered the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the USA Province.  After finishing her religious formation, she studied and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Theology and her Master’s degree in Community Counseling, both from Villanova University.  Sister Cam also completed two years training in Spiritual Direction at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA.  She worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 14 years as a social worker and case manager, counseling people in need.  She ministered in Xavier House (Hong Kong) as a Spiritual Director for two years (2015-2017) before returning to Philadelphia.  This past summer, Sr. Cam attended a six week Ignatian Spirituality immersion course in the primary “founding place” of Ignatian Spirituality: Manresa, Spain.  We are happy to widen our outreach at St. Raphaela Center with Sister Cam’s experience and formation.

Can provide direction in English, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese

 


Sister Mary Carboy, SSJ (Ext: 12) Email

Sister Mary has been a Spiritual Director at St. Raphaela Center for many years. Her internship program in spiritual direction began with the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Center for Spirituality in Chestnut Hill, PA. She earned her undergraduate degree in Education at Chestnut Hill College and a Master's of Arts in Spirituality from Duquesne. She has completed the spiritual direction program at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA. As a Sister of St. Joseph, Mary has served as directress of novices and as a congregational area delegate for her community. She has directed the 30-day and 8-day retreats, and has conducted workshops over the years on prayer and discernment.

 


Sister Julie Grey, OP (Ext: 21) Email

Sister Julie, a Dominican Sister of Peace, has a Master's degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She is a graduate of the Institute for Spiritual leadership (ISL) in Chicago and the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA. Her work includes spiritual direction, program development at Emmaus Spiritual Life Center in CT. She has given directed retreats throughout New England and has served in formation ministry for her congregation. Sister Julie is currently a full-time director with St. Raphaela Center.

 


Sister Jessica Kerber, ACJ (Ext: 11) Email

Sister Jessica Kerber has been the director of St. Raphaela Center for the past year.  She entered with the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 11 years ago, after serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and later meeting the Sisters on a mission trip in El Salvador. After professing her first vows, she completed her philosophy and theology studies at the Jesuit Pontifical University in Madrid, where she also studied about the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as well as accompaniment.  She has served as the Director of Religious Education at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, and now complements her ministry at St. Raphaela’s with campus ministry at St. Joseph's University and as an adjunct theology teacher at Villanova, and finds great joy and grace in accompanying young adults in spiritual direction, especially through the Spiritual Exercises. 

Can provide direction in English and Spanish

 


Deacon David Schaffer Email

Deacon David Schaffer received his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University, and a Master’s in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He has extensive experience in counseling engaged and married couples through the Family Life Office of the Archdiocese.  He has accompanied individuals for 30 years in parish ministry with RCIA and Pre-Cana, as well as directing programs and retreats at St. Raphaela Center.  Deacon David, from his personal experience, has journeyed with many people in spiritual direction, with a particular gift for walking with others through the various aspects of grief and loss.  Presently, he is in active ministry as a Deacon at St. John Neumann Parish in Bryn Mawr, PA.  

 


Sister Lyan Tri, ACJ (Ext: 14) Email

Sister Lyan is coming into her third year at St. Raphaela Center as both spiritual director and business manager. She holds a Master's degree in Spirituality and Retreat Directing from Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo De Manila, a Jesuit University in the Philippines. Sister Lyan recently participated in a renewal program in Spiritual Direction through the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Canada, a program of international reputation for its work in Ignatian Spirituality, with an added consideration of ecology and spirituality.  She also has 9 years of experience in Vocational Pastoral Ministry and has served in formation ministry for a number of congregations, both men’s and women’s, in her native country of Vietnam.

Can provide direction in English and Vietnamese

 


Sister Uyen-Chi Dang, ACJ (Ext: 17) Email

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-Assumpta Academy.  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.

Can provide direction in English and Vietnamese

 


Sister Sagrario Núñez, ACJ Email

Sister Sagrario Núñez, a native of Spain, has a rich international experience, having lived in Italy, England, Japan, El Salvador and the USA. She has a degree in Elementary Education from Spain, a Licenciature in Theology from Regina Mundi, Rome, a Masters degree in Education from Temple University and a Masters in Theology from the School of Applied Theology, Berkeley, CA.

She has served as Principal of an International School in Japan, has worked in the Diocese of Miami in the Office of Evangelization, engaged in Campus Ministry at Florida International University, and held positions of leadership and formation within her Religious community. Sister Sagrario did her training as a retreat and spiritual director at Wernersville, PA and has been active in these ministries throughout the years.

Can provide direction in English, Spanish, and Italian

 


Sister Margaret Scott, ACJ Email

We welcome Sister Margaret back to St. Raphaela Center as a spiritual director after her years of ministry in Japan and the completion of her Doctorate in Ministry. Sr. Margaret is also an adjunct teacher in the Theology Department of St Joseph's University and Director of the Ignatian Leadership Program. Her fluency in several languages, international travel and mission work have provided her with a global view and understanding of the universal church. She is a regular speaker and writer on the Eucharist in different countries based on her studies and book: "The Eucharist and Social Justice". (Click HERE for details.)

Can provide direction in English and Spanish

 


Visiting Directors

Rev. Dan Joyce