Facilitators

Sr. Mary Xavier Bomberger, OSF

Sister Mary Xavier Bomberger, OSF Sister Xavier is a graduate of Seton Hall and Lehigh Universities. During 57 years of religious life as a School Sister of St. Francis, Sister taught elementary and secondary classes, served in various administrative roles and is presently director of health care for some of the senior Sisters

Sr. Barbara Brown, OSF

Sister Barbara Brown, OSF 

Catherine Campanaro

Catherine Campanaro is a graduate of Moravian College, De Sales University and Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development.  She is on the planning committee for Spiritual Directors of the Greater Lehigh Valley.  She practices Spiritual Direction; working out of her home.  Her practice focuses on Dream Work and 12 Step Spirituality.  Catherine has a deep enthusiasm for creating Sacred Space, Drumming, Dancing, the 12 Steps, Dream Work and Contemplation.  She is a student of Moe Jerant and received her drum circle facilitation training from Jim Donovan.

Alexandria Cirko

Alexandria Cirko was born and raised in Croydon, PA.  She has been involved in Catholic Education as both a teacher and principal for over 30 years.  Currently, Alex is the Asst. Superintendent for Religious Education in the Diocese of Allentown.  An integral part of her ministry is conducting 16 yearly retreats for administrators and teachers and presenting workshops on Catholic Identity and Missionary Discipleship

Nina Marie Corona, MS, CRS

Nina Marie Corona, MA, CRS is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fordham University. With a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Loyola University, she also studied graduate theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and LaSalle University. Nina is an adjunct instructor at Villanova University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies. You may learn more by visiting her website: www.ninamariecorona.com

Sr. Clare D’Auria, OSF

Clare A. D’Auria OSF, a Sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Aston, PA, currently ministers as a staff member at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pennsylvania. For half of her fifty years in ministry, Clare has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, offering directed and conference retreats, especially focused on topics in Franciscan spirituality. She also served on the staff of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs for eight years, leading pilgrims through the holy sites in both Assisi and Rome. A certified spiritual director, her other ministerial experience has included congregational and provincial leadership, secondary and collegiate education, and a variety of additional administrative roles both within and outside of her congregation.

June Doncsecz

June Doncsecz – Recently retired as the Administrative Assistant for the Diocese of Allentown and as Receptionist for the Chancery Office, June is wife of Deacon Michael Doncsecz, Permanent Deacon and full-time Pastoral Minister at Queenship of Mary Parish in Northampton. When she isn’t involved 24/7 in the life and work of the Church, June enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Zoey and Grover. Their silliness keeps her grounded!

Sr. Bridget Hasse, OSU

For more than 50 years of service, Bridget has taught students across the U.S. and  Mexico, ministered to starving children in East Africa, and lived in West Africa, Italy, and England. She has been an early educator in an HIV/AIDS day care and was the spirituality coordinator at The Boston Home, a long-term care facility for those coping with neurological disorders. Bridget co-hosted “Spirit and Life,” a weekly radio show on the Relevant Radio network, leads parish missions and  retreats across the U.S., contributes reflections to Living Faith: Daily Catholic Devotions, and serves as Sister Storyteller for young children. She also ministers at her local McDonalds. An author, her honors include the Exceptional Women Award from Magic 106.7, Greater Boston Media; being featured both on the “Making a Difference” Segment of NBC Nightly News and as the cover story in St. Anthony Messenger Magazine; an honorary Doctor of Theology degree from Stonehill College; and, most recently, the first recipient of the Caritas Dei award from Relevant Radio. Enjoy her website: www.wisdomwonder.com 

Msgr. Robert Kozel

Msgr. Robert Kozel, born in Tresko, PA, was among the first ordination class for the Diocese of Allentown by Bishop McShea. He has served at Sts. Cyril & Methodious – Incarnation and St. Anne’s Church, Bethlehem. He retired from St. John The Baptist Church, Allentown. Msgr. Kozel has studied under well known Iconographers, Rev. Peter Pearson, Raymond Mastroberti and Jody Cole.

Fr. Patrick Lamb

Pastor of Queenship of Mary Parish, Northampton, Father Lamb is a frequent speaker at St. Francis Center, where he is known for his down-to-earth and practical spirituality.

Fr. Keith Laskowski

Fr. Keith Laskowski graduated from Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in 1995 and served one year with the Mercy Volunteer Corps in St. Michael, Arizona where he taught high school Chemistry, Physics and Religion on the Navajo Reservation.  He was ordained in 2002 and has served at the Cathedral of St. Catharine of Siena, Most Blessed Sacrament, Bally, St. Columbkill,Boyertown and St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Easton.   He is currently pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Easton, a consolidated parish of the former St. Bernard, St. Michael and St. Joseph Churches, and serves a vibrant Hispanic community

Fr. Anthony Mongiello

Fr. Anthony Mongiello, M.Div Born in 1954 in Glenolden, Pa, Fr. Mongiello attended St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia and Mary Immaculate Seminary, Northampton, and was ordained a priest in1980.  With a Masters Degree in Secondary education, Counseling from Kutztown University, he has served in high school ministries from 1981 through 2000.  Having served as pastor in St. Joseph Parish, Girardville, St. Jerome Parish, Tamaqua, he is currently pastor at St. Anne’s, Bethlehem.

Marie North, CSBA

Marie North has been involved with sustainability for many years and became a certified Sustainable Building Advisor in 2011. She provides consulting and outreach services on achieving sustainability in everyday life through her website translatingsustainable.com. In early 2018, she became a Laudato Si’ Animator to help faith communities initiate sustainable practices in their churches, schools, and at home. Having read Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home, her opinion about Pope Francis’ encyclical is, “He gets it”. Her life experiences and Catholic faith are instrumental in her work to be a voice for a healthy planet. She is inspired by the sisters at the St. Francis Center who ‘faithfully’ worked to bring this topic to their retreat center community.

Marie is a member of various sustainability organizations in and around the Lehigh Valley. She lives in a sustainably built, energy efficient home, located in a certified PA Stewardship Forest, with her husband and one inquisitive cat. She has a daughter, also involved in the sustainability field. Always a student of this ever changing topic, she is constantly expanding her knowledge in key areas of sustainability. Her other interests include landscaping with native plants, travel, hiking, and early American history.

 

Sr. Marguerite Stewart, OSF

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, Sr. Marguerite, a spiritual director and workshop presenter, was the Director of St. Francis Center for 6 years.

 

Gena Tallarico,   Rn. Ma. COHN-S,

a HeartMath Certified Provider

Gena Tallarico, Executive Director – St. Francis Center for Renewal. Gena is a health and Wellbeing Services expert.  She has over 25 years of experience working with many fortune 500 companies such as Mars, Incorporated, Air Products, CIGna, Hershey foods and Mack Trucks to name a few.  A Registered nurse and Occupational Health Specialist, Gena also holds a Master’s in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University.  Her passion revolves around developing and implementing successful health and wellbeing strategies that measurably improve population health and human performance.  She has led healthcare services professionals in business and industry to provide successful team-based health and wellbeing outcomes, and has taught Communications at the college level.

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