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 served in parish ministry at Holy Trinity, Whitehall, as
Director of Religious Education, and at Assumption BVM, Bethlehem,
as Director of Christian Ministries. She 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. Clare Andrew D’Auria, OSF
Sr. Clare currently ministers at the Franciscan Spiritual Center,
Aston, PA. For half of her 45 years in ministry, she has served in
retreat work offering directed and conference retreats, spiritual
direction, as well as numerous workshops in Franciscan spirituality
throughout the US.
Journaling and writing professionally for 30 years, Jo-Ellen is a
graduate and frequent retreatant at the Kairos: School of Spiritual
Formation. Jo-Ellen has discovered that the contemplative path has
impassioned and deepened her desire to know God, to write
creatively, and to facilitate writing for others.
Sr. M. Peter Lillian Di Maria, O. Carm.
BA, LNHA, CDP
With 35 years experience in the continuum care ministry as a
Carmelite Sister for the Aged and Infirm, Sr. Peter has been the
Director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology in Germantown, New
York since January 1997.
Sister has lectured throughout the U.S. 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 Geriatric Care.
Jerome Herauf, M. Div., MA.
Formerly the Director of Pastoral Care, St. Peter’s University
Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, Jerry is currently Chaplain at New
Eastwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Easton, PA. Certified
in Ignatian spiritual counseling and direction by the Jesuit
Spirituality Center in Guelph, Ontario, he is happily married and
the father of two children and proud grandfather of one.
Sr. Nancy Iampietro, CPS, M.A.
Sr. Nancy 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.
Louise Kelcher, McCafferty’s Scones and
Anyone who came out to our 3rd Annual Star Struck Gala can attest to
the baking skills of Louise Kelcher. Her delicious and gorgeous
additions to the Gala Dessert Buffet are still being talked about!
To see a sample, visit our Facebook page or that of McCafferty’s
Scones and Sweets!
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 St. Catherine’s Parish, Reading.
Lynn P. Lavin, OSF, PhD
A member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Sr. Lynn is
a licensed mental health counselor, spiritual director, consultant
and facilitator for group process. She presently is director of
Lumen Counseling and Consulting Services, LLC in Wilmington, DE.
Barbara Martell, MSEd., M.A., M.S.
(Holistic Spirituality & Spiritual Direction, Counseling Psychology
and an Advanced Certificate in Applied Spirituality.) With extensive
experience in retreat work and in spiritual direction, Barb is a
Co-Director of the Formative Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
Graduate Certificate Program at Moravian Seminary. She is married
and the mother of five children.
Brother Andre Mathieu, CP
With an MA in Pastoral Theology and MS in Gerontology, Brother Andre
has served full time in Retreat Ministry and Spiritual Direction
since 1996. He has also served in parish ministry, Initial Formation
and Congregational Leadership. He is the author of the book “And
Brother Michael O’Neill McGrath, OSFS
Brother Mcgrath is the illustrator and/or author of ten books,
several of which have been awarded by the Catholic Press association
for design, spirituality and presentation of the Catholic Faith. He
is a popular presenter at conferences, parishes and retreat centers
throughout the US and Canada, speaking on many connections between
art and religious faith. His original painting “Christ the Teacher”,
presented to Pope Benedict XVI last fall, hangs in the Vatican.
Karen Anne Melendez
A board certified music therapist and member of Our Lady of
Perpetual Help church Karen 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
Msgr. Stephen Radocha
Currently the pastor of St. Jane Frances De Chantal, Msgr. Radocha
also serves the Diocese of Allentown as Dean of the Northampton
County Deanery, is a member of the Personnel Board and an advisory
member on the Diocesan Priest’s Council.
Micah Sadigh, PhD
Professor of Psychology at Cedar Crest College, Micah has published
extensively in the area of sleep medicine.
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.
Marci Springer, SSJ.
With experiences in many ministries ~ teacher, principal, pastoral
associate, spiritual director ~ Sr. Marcy is currently the director
of Francis House of Prayer in Rancocas, NJ. Known as a gifted
speaker, she has given talks to many groups in spiritual centers
across the United States.
Barbara Traupman, M.S. (Counseling
Post graduate Certificate in Contextual Marriage & Family therapy.
CCD teacher in her home parish of St. Anne, Barbara retired as
Guidance Counselor at St. Thomas More School in 2010. She was also
employed as therapist at the Catholic Social Agency and is a
presenter for Protecting God’s Children. Currently she is enrolled
in a Spiritual Direction Program and participates monthly in Living
Russell “Rooster” Valentini
has served as homeless educational liaison in the Allentown School
District as part of the federal government’s Homeless Children’s
Initiative (HCI) Region 8, where he has provided technical services
to Lehigh and Northampton Counties’ schools for the past 20 years.
He uses his special gift for poetry to pen unique verses describing
the lives of homeless students and their families.