S. Barbara DeStefano, OSF has ministered at St. Francis Center for Renewal for 30 years - - and as Director for 5 years. Sister has given many spiritual presentations at the Center - as well as in the diocesan parishes over those years. She has ministered for 6 years as the Director of Liturgy at the Catholic Community of St. Matthias Parish in Somerset, NJ. Sister has a BA in Theology, and MA in Religious Studies, and Certification in Liturgy and Liturgical Formation.
S. Anita Kuchera, OSF has ministered at St. Francis Center for Renewal for 41 years - and as Director for 34 of those years. She has served as a Pastoral Associate for Evangelization for 6 years at the Catholic Community of St. Matthias Parish in Somerset, NJ. (Particularly, in the Director of the RCIA ministry). Sister has a BA in Education, a BS in Guidance and Counselling, and an MA in Religious Studies.
S. Virginelle Makos, OSF, B.S. An educator for many years in secondary education, Sister served as principal for 14 years in North Bergen, NJ. For eleven years she served the School Sisters as caregiver of the elder sisters in Villa Clare and followed this with 3 years as Activity Aide at Holy Family Manor. In 2016 Sister joined the retreat staff at St. Francis Center and currently serves as a Provincial Councillor.
S. Marguerite Stewart, OSF, BS Ed., 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.
Assistant to Retreat Team: S. Barbara Brown, OSF With a B.S. Secondary Education, Social Studies, Master Catechist, An educator for many years in the Allentown Diocese, she is experienced in Religious Education, Confirmation Preparation,Youth Service Projects, Kairos and Praise 2000. Additionally, S. Barbara has served as Director of St. Francis Center for Renewal for two years. Sister currently serves as a Provincial Councillor.
Director Development & Marketing
Janice Gough, BA (Theology) Involved in publishing, event planning, marketing and development for the not-for-profit sector for over 30 years, Jan is also the proprietor of a custom order craft business, and teacher of adult education craft courses. Married, the mother of two and a grandmother of two little girls, she has called St. Francis Center ‘home’ for over thirteen years!
Nourishment of the body is a very important part of any retreat experience. We are extremely grateful to our team of professionals! Chef, Carol Devine and Assistant Chef, Beth Van Kouteren.
In providing a Christ-centered environment of hospitality, caring and love, St. Francis Center for Renewal is often complimented for its spotlessly clean and inviting environment. Along with a host of dedicated volunteers, the following team members take great pride in continuing this tradition: Sr. Rene Parent, Sr. Marie Bernadette Kelleher, Sr. Anne Kutch, Sr. Loretta Motko, Julie Gerancher & Georgine Kilpatrick.
Sr. Bonnie Marie Kleinschuster, OSF - Finance and Development
Sr. M. Donna Pusch, OSF
Arthur Unger and Team
Arthur Unger and Team