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.

 


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: 11) 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

 


Visiting Directors

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Paul Burgmayer Email

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 Email

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.

 

 


Rev. Dan Joyce