Sister Lyan Tri, ACJ, Director (Ext: 11), (

 Sister Lyan, Director of St. Raphaela Center, was assigned to St. Raphaela Center in 2015 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 has been doing retreat ministry and accompanying others in Spiritual Direction since 2002, including directing the 8 day Ignatian Retreat, 30 day Spiritual Exercises and 19th Annotation. She recently participated in a three months internship 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.  Sister Lyan 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.

Mary Breslin, Registrar (Ext: 10), (

We are happy to welcome Mary Breslin to St. Raphaela Center as our Registrar. Mary holds a BS and an MBA from La Salle University, and her spirituality and knowledge of the Handmaids complement her technical formation. After spending a few years in Colorado and California, she, her husband and their children returned to Philadelphia, where their children continued their education at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy. There, Mary was introduced to the Handmaids and served on Parents Council, coached lacrosse and field hockey, and chaired the Food Drive. She became an ACJ Associate and, over the last 10 years, she has grown in her love of St. Raphaela and of the Handmaid charism, and has served on the Handmaids’ Advisory Board. Generously giving to the community, she also serves as Ambassador and tour guide at the Cathedral, has been an involved parent at St. Joseph Prep, and continues as a member of the Pathways to College committee of Cristo Rey, Philadelphia.  Staff and retreatants are grateful for her skills, warmth, and genuine care so that they may come to experience God more deeply in their lives.

Mary-Elaine Perry, Manager, (Ext: 21) (

 Mary-Elaine Perry, Manager of the Sr. Raphaela Center, assists with the maintenance and enhancement of the facilities and continue creating a welcoming environment for guests.  Mary-Elaine holds a BS in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University, an MA in Counseling and Student Personnel from The College of New Jersey and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.  She spent over 40 years in Student Affairs in Higher Education and continues to teach at the graduate level.  Mary-Elaine has served as a Communion Minister in various communities and is currently involved in ministry as a Sacristan at Saint Joseph’s University.  While at Saint Joseph’s Mary-Elaine has accompanied students and staff in the Spiritual Exercises.  She is particularly interested in Spiritual Direction with young people as they discern and refine their career and personal choices.


Jaclyn Newns, Marketing Coordinator, (

 Jaclyn Newns joins our team to help us share the story of who we are. As we grow in a time of virtual ministry, our Facebook and Instagram are avenues we hope will serve your spirit while showing you the daily life of our Center. Jackie designs our monthly newsletter and is working to build an online store to highlight our gift shop and beloved vendors. Aside from a love of photography, floral design, and biking, Jackie serves as Director of Campus Ministry at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. 



Sister Kathy Gazie, ACJ, (Ext: 23), (}

Sister Kathy is from Wyandotte, Michigan. Her ministry experiences have included serving as an elementary teacher’s aide at St. Peter the Apostle; as a partner teacher, Art teacher, after-school care teacher, and pre-school teacher at Ancillae-Assumpta Academy; and as a member of Shawl Ministry. After having served at the Center from 1991-1996 as a member of the staff and Mission Center and coordinator of the Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament and volunteers, she most recently returned to the Center in 2014 as a member of the support staff and as a sacristan. At St. Raphaela Center, she most loves the atmosphere where someone can come and be with and be touched by the Lord. She feels presence of God through the staff and retreatants, and desires to make whatever she does an experience that might lead others to God by doing everything with love and for love.


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