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 , (cbanh@straphaelacenter.org)

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

Deacon David Schaffer , (dschaffer@straphaelacenter.org)

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) , (ltri@straphaelacenter.org)

Sister Lyan was assigned to St. Raphaela Center in 2015 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 JesuitUniversity in the Philippines. Sister Lyan has been doing retreat ministry and accompanying others in Spiritual Direction since 2002. She 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.  Sr. Lyan 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 Sagrario Núñez, ACJ , (snunez@straphaelacenter.org)

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

Visiting Directors

Fr. Dan Joyce, SJ

Fr. Jim McBurney, OSA

Fr. Peter McIsaac, SJ

Fr. Peter McIsaac SJ is a Canadian-born Jesuit who has lived in Jamaica for the past twenty years where he ministered as pastor, teacher, director of theological school and formation programs for clergy and laity. After his term as regional Jesuit superior, he is now in full time spirituality ministry in the Eastern Caribbean and lives in Barbados. With a passion for the Spiritual Exercises and a particular interest in the various cultural expressions of faith, Father Peter has traveled the Caribbean, North America and to Southeast Asia giving retreats and spiritual Exercises while continuing his spiritual and theological formation work.

Nicholas Collura

In addition to his work as a spiritual director and retreat director, Nicholas Collura is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and works as a palliative care chaplain in Philadelphia. He studied film and literature at YaleUniversity and the University of Paris before earning an MDiv from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He trained as a spiritual director at the Jesuit Collaborative in Boston and as a chaplain at Massachusetts GeneralHospital and EinsteinMedicalCenter, and he spent three years of his life as a Jesuit on the West Coast. He has ministered on college campuses, in juvenile halls and state prisons, and at a L'Arche community in the Pacific Northwest. His website can be found here: https://nicholascollura.com/

Nicholas can offer direction in English and French. 

Paul Burgmayer, Ph.D , (pburgmayer@straphaelacenter.org)

Paul has been accompanying others in spiritual direction for eight years now. A former industrial chemical researcher, Paul has taught high school math and chemistry for the past sixteen years. He has a master’s degree in Holistic Spirituality and a certificate in spiritual direction from Chestnut Hill College, certificates in supervision of spiritual direction from Together in the Mystery (affiliated with San Francisco Seminary), and Mercy Center, Burlingame, and he is trained to (and has a special love for) accompanying others in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. A member of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church for twenty-seven years, he has developed and taught a number of adult education classes. He is also a teacher/facilitator at Kairos School of Spiritual Formation at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA. With an interest in the history of spiritual direction in the US, he has researched and written on Spiritual Direction training at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA and the Jesuit Center at Wernersville.

Paul lives in Wayne, PA with his wife, Sharon, a piano-playing chemistry professor and graduate dean at Bryn Mawr College. His older son, Alan, works as a line cook in Philadelphia and younger son, Andrew, a senior at the University of Michigan, is studying voice performance and creative writing. In his spare time, Paul enjoys gardening with Sharon, woodworking, singing, and writing.

Phyllis Zagano , (pzagano@straphaelacenter.org)

Phyllis Zagano has ministered as a Spiritual Director for many years, accompanying women and men preparing for ministry at schools of theology in New York and Boston. In addition to her academic preparation in theology and spirituality, she completed the spiritual direction program at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA. She has directed many 8-day retreats and has written widely on spirituality and ministry.

Sister Karen Doyle, SSJ

Sister Maria McCoy, SSJ

Maria McCoy SSJ, is a Sister of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. She recently completed 23 years of ministry as a member of the Spiritual Growth Staff at the Jesuit Center, Wernersville, PA. In addition to spiritual direction, retreats, offering programs, Maria leads retreats and workshops on Praying with Female Images of God. Maria’s educational opportunities include a BA in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College, Masters Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University, and Theology and Spirituality courses through the multi-cultural ARC Program, Rome, Italy. Maria also received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Her doctoral project explores the interfacing of feminist scholarship with Ignatian spirituality.

Sister Megan Brown, RSM

Megan Brown, RSM, D.Min. is a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the Mid-Atlantic Community. She presently ministers as an Incorporation Minister for the Mid-Atlantic Community. Megan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English, a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Applied Ministries. She is also a certified diversity trainer. Fascinated with the interplay of psychology and spirituality, Megan is also a spiritual director. She has directed numerous retreats and workshops in the areas of Spirituality and Prayer, Celtic Spirituality, Catherine McAuley, Mercy Spirituality, and the Spirituality of Therese of Lisieux. Additionally, Megan has over twenty years of counseling experience. Her particular areas of focus are incest/sexual abuse, alcoholism/codependency issues and eating disorders. 

Sister Mary Carboy, SSJ , (mcarboy@straphaelacenter.org)

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 , (jgrey@straphaelacenter.org)

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.