S. Barbara DeStefano, osf MA (Religious
Studies) BA (Theology)
S. Barbara has ministered as a presenter at St. Francis Center for
26 years and as part of the liturgy and music ministry. She spent 5
years as the Director of Liturgy at the Catholic Community of St.
Matthias, Somerset, NJ. Her service there involved ongoing formation
of all liturgical ministries, presentation work in the areas of
Eucharist, sacraments and ongoing planning work with Liturgy
commission, committee and the Preparation Team.
S. Anita Kuchera, osf MA (Guidance) MA
(Religious Studies) BSEd.
As Director of St. Francis Center for Renewal for 33 years, S. Anita
has led many groups in creative prayer and spiritual experiences.
She spent 5 years as Pastoral Associate for Evangelization and
Community Life at the Catholic Community of St. Matthias, Diocese of
Metuchen. This included extensive work with those walking the RCIA
Journey -- as well as organizing and running retreats for
catechumens, candidates, sponsors and team.
S. Rosaria Shina, osf BSEd., M.A.
Sister has served her Congregation in various areas of
Administration for over 25 years, and has spent many years in
Religious Formation. She was a member of the Retreat Team and a
presenter at St. Francis Center for Renewal for 12 years. A
certified Spiritual Director, Sister currently ministers at St.
Matthias Parish in Somerset, NJ.
S. Marguerite Stewart,
osf, BSEd., BA (Music) Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction
Studies. For 12 years Sister acted as Vicar General of her
congregation in Rome as well as Director of Formation. With over 30
years experience in spiritual formation, S. Marguerite, a spiritual
director and workshop presenter, was the Director of St. Francis
Center for 6 years.
Fr. Ron Bowman, a parish priest at
St. Ignatius of Loyola in Sinking Spring, PA
Carole Chuk, MA The former Director of
the Office of the Catechumenate and Assistant Director of the Office
of Worship of the Diocese of Allentown, Carole also served in parish
ministry at Holy Trinity, Whitehall, as Director of Religious
Education, and at Assumption BVM, Bethlehem, as Director of
Carole has presented sessions for liturgical ministers, deacons,
catechists, teachers, parents, RCIA candidates and teams, and
women’s groups at both the parish and diocesan levels in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Kentucky.
Sr. M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O. Carm.
BA, LNHA, CDP
With over 35 years experience in the continuum care ministry as a
Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm, Sr. Peter Lillian is
presently the Director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology in
Germantown, New York since January 1997. The Avila Institute is the
education arm of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm. Sr.
Peter Lillian has served her community in many administrative
positions and has lectured many times, throughout the United States
and Ireland, on Alzheimer’s Disease, Palliative Care, Geriatric
Spiritual Care, Family Care Issues, Stress Reduction, Leadership
Development, and Team Building. Sr. Peter has developed successful
Dementia Care Programs, Dementia Care Curriculums and assisted in
developing a Palliative Care Resource Manual that is specific for
Sr. Nancy Iampetro, CPS, M.A., ministers
in the US and internationally. A trainer of Spiritual Directors and
Formators, she gives conferences and workshops in Spiritual
Direction, Formative Spirituality, Discernment, Religious Life,
Charism, Vows, Renewal, etc. Sister taught at Regina Mundi
Pontifical Institute in Rome and acted as Superior General in Rome
for The Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood for ten years.
Fr. Patrick Lamb, M. Div. A frequent
speaker at St. Francis Center, people ’flock’ to be nourished by Fr.
Lamb’s down to earth and practical spirituality. He is presently
Assistant Pastor at Notre Dame Parish.
Fr. Keith Laskowski, a graduate of
DeSales University, was ordained 10 years ago. He is currently
serving at St. Jane Frances de Chantal in Easton, PA and also
assists at Lafayette College.
Karen Anne Melendez is a board certified music therapist and member
of Our Lady of Perpetual Help church. She is currently an advanced
trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. She has
facilitated workshops on creative relaxation, stress management and
Guided Imagery and Music at several locations in Northampton County,
including at OLPH, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Mary and for the Diocesan Health Ministry at St. Francis Retreat
Dorothy Heine Rudolph, MAAP
Fr. Paul Zilonka, C.P. (Passionist
Community) This religious community devotes special attention to the
Ministry of the Word of God, and to the relationship between the
Memory of the Passion of Jesus and those who suffer in our world
Ordained in 1971, Fr. Zilonka’s biblical-pastoral ministry has
included twenty-five years of seminary teaching, Bible study in
parishes, and many biblical retreats for laity, religious women and
men, deacons and priests both in the USA and abroad. He holds Roman
post-graduate degrees from the Pontifical Biblical Institute (SSL),
and the Gregorian University (STD).
A member of the Passionist Preaching Team of the Province of St.
Paul of the Cross, Father also serves on the Provincial Council of
his Community. In the spirit of the charism of the Passionist
Community, Fr. Zilonka’s preaching ministry gives particular
attention to the spiritual journey we all share in God’s provident