Stewards of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal

Learn about our team members, stewards of our organization who dedicate themselves to serving our community and spreading devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Fr. William O’Brien, CM
Miraculous Medal Shrine Director
CAMM Spiritual Director

Father O’Brien was born in Philadelphia and, with his family, was a member of St. Carthage Parish, where he attended the parish elementary school. He attended West Catholic High School for Boys, graduating in 1956, and LaSalle College for two years before he began his studies to become a Vincentian priest in 1958.  He was ordained in 1967 at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA.  Following ordination, he spent 33 years in parish ministry serving at various times in four Vincentian Parishes, three of which were dedicated to the Blessed Mother: Immaculate Conception Parish in Baltimore, MD, St. Mary’s Parish in Greensboro, NC, and Our Lady of Lebanon Parish in Niagara Falls, NY. He also served in St. Joseph’s Parish in Emmitsburg, MD.

For two years, Father was one of the Directors at Vincentian Residence in Niagara Falls, the Vincentian House of Formation for young men contemplating joining the Vincentian Community after completing their college education at Niagara University, a Vincentian-run university. During his time there, in 1993, he was named Director of Our Lady of Angels Association, a position he still holds.

Some Shrine devotees may remember Father as the former Director of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal from 1996 to 2002.  After spending two years at St. Joseph’s Parish in Emmitsburg, he became the Treasurer at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Germantown where he remained until being named Miraculous Medal Shrine Director and CAMM Spiritual Director.

To contact Fr. O’Brien, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x253.

 

Fr. Michael Shea

Fr. Michael Shea, CM
Associate Director

Fr. Michael J. Shea, CM, was born in Brooklyn, NY, as the youngest of six children. After graduation from high school, he entered the Vincentian minor seminary in Princeton, NJ, and was ordained a priest in 1970. Fr. Shea taught at a number of Philadelphia high schools, as well as Niagara University, NY, and Auburn University, AL.

In 1993, he was assigned to St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI, and served there until his recent assignment to the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, where he serves as Associate Director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine. Previously, Fr. Shea regularly contributed to the Catholic Standard and Times, and celebrated Mass on Holy Spirit Radio, 6ABC, and was interviewed on In His Sign Radio. In 2005, Fr. Shea received the Life Achievement Award from the Right to Life of Michigan.

Fr. Shea promotes Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Mary’s Miraculous Medal Family (the largest prayer apostolate in the world) throughout the United States. Fr. Shea is available to come to archdioceses, dioceses, parishes, schools, nursing facilities, and other religious organizations to speak about devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and the Miraculous Medal Novena.

If you would like Fr. Shea to come to speak to your Parish or Group, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x251.

 

Fr. Flavio Pereira, CM
Associate Spiritual Director for the Latino Community

Fr. Flavio Pereira, CM, who hails from Nicaragua, joined the CAMM staff in 2015 and spiritually heads the monthly Spanish Novenas and Latino events at the Shrine in addition to his work as Spiritual Director for the Latino Community. He received his PhD in Philosophy at Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and his BA and MA in Theology at José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador.

In his ministry, he participated in the development and application of the Provincial Training Plan for the Congregation of the Mission in Central America, served as the Formation Director for Provincial Postulancy in Guatemala City, and supported the National Branches of the Vincentian Family in the Republic of Guatemala. He was also Chaplain at the National Cancer Institute in Guatemala City and Hospice Chaplain for terminally ill patients with HIV in St. Joseph Hospital in Guatemala.

Father served as Provincial Treasurer in the Central America Province and was instrumental in Community Development in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Petén, Guatemala. He supported and advised the Branches of the Vincentian Family in Nicaragua, and served as Chaplain at the College La Asunción and as parochial vicar at La Recolección Parish in León, Nicaragua. He also has experience in teaching, and most recently served as Assistant Coordinator in the International Vincentian Family Office.

To contact Fr. Flavio, please click here to send an email, or call
215-713-2400 x3988.

Padre Flavio Pereira, CM
Director Espiritual Comunidad Latina

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El Padre Flavio Pereira, CM, proveniente de Nicaragua apoya al equipo de CAMM desde 2015 y actualmente se desempeña como Director Espiritual de la Comunidad Latina del Santuario de la Medalla Milagrosa, acompañando los eventos y novenas para los hispanos. Recibió su licenciatura en Filosofía en la Universidad Rafael Landivar de Guatemala y su maestría en Teología en la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas en El Salvador.

En su ministerio participó en el desarrollo y aplicación del plan de capacitación de la Provincia para la Congregación de la Misión en Centroamérica. Sirvió como Director de Formación para el Postulantado Provincial en la Ciudad de Guatemala y apoyó las sedes nacionales de la Familia Vicentina en la República de Guatemala. También fue Capellán en el Instituto Nacional de Cáncer en la Ciudad de Guatemala y Capellán del Hospicio para pacientes con VIH en el Hospital St. Joseph de Guatemala.

El Padre sirvió como Tesorero Provincial en la Provincia de Centro América y participó en el desarrollo comunitario de la Parroquia Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe en Petén, Guatemala. Apoyó y asesoró las sedes de la Familia Vicentina en Nicaragua y sirvió como Capellán en el Colegio La Asunción y como Vicario parroquial en la Parroquia y en el Colegio La Recolección en León, Nicaragua. También tiene experiencia como docente y recientemente se desempeña como Coordinador Asistente en la Oficina Internacional de la Familia Vicentina.

Haga clic aquí para enviar un correo electrónico al Padre Flavio o llame al 215-713-2400 x3988.

 

Fr. Michael J. Callaghan, CM
Associate Director

Fr. Michael Callaghan, CM, was ordained to the priesthood in 1976 and professed final vows in the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) in 1983. He earned a BA in Philosophy and MDiv in Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. Fr. Callaghan also holds an MAT in English from Niagara University, NY, and a PhD in English from New York University, NY; his dissertation topic was “The English Mystics and Thomas Merton’s Sense of Absence.”

In his ministry, Fr. Callaghan has served as Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart Church, in Manoa, PA, and Our Lady of Fatima Church, in Bensalem, PA. He was an English teacher at Archbishop Wood High School for Boys in Warminster, PA, and Assistant Professor of English and Speech at the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY. He also served as chair of the Department of English at St. Joseph’s Preparatory Seminary, Princeton, NJ.

Fr. Callaghan is a member of the Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, New York State English Council, and International Thomas Merton Society. In 2002, he received the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award at St. John’s University, in Jamaica, NY.

Click here to learn more about our Associate Director, Fr. Michael J. Callaghan, CM.

To contact Fr. Callaghan, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x252.

 

Fr. Francis Sacks, CM
Associate Director
Chaplain at St. Catherine’s Infirmary

Fr. Sacks was ordained in 1967. He spent most of his priesthood in higher education teaching Theology to undergraduate students at Niagara University in NY, St. John’s University in NY, and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, FL. Through the years, he conducted many retreats for religious sisters, and he spent several years in Alabama as a campus minister at Auburn University and as Director of the East Central Alabama Vincentian Mission. More recently, he was Religious Superior for his Vincentian Community at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and Retreat Preacher at St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI. His most recent assignment, in Emmitsburg, MD, was Chaplain at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. He came to St. Vincent’s Seminary in 2016 to undertake two assignments: Chaplain at St. Catherine’s Infirmary and Associate Director of CAMM.

To contact Fr. Sacks, please click here to send an email, or call
215-713-2400 x2485.

 

Fr. Thomas Sendlein, CM
Associate Director

Fr. Sendlein was baptized at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Roman Catholic Church in Queens, NY, and graduated from the parish grammar school in 1958. His Aunt Mary Mehling, a promoter of the Miraculous Medal, enrolled him in the Association of the Miraculous Medal in the early 1950s. He is a graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School in NY, and attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, NJ, as well as St. Vincent’s Novitiate in Ridgefield, CT. He studied Philosophy and Theology at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA, and received his BA, MA, MDiv, and MTh degrees.

After ordination, Fr. Sendlein worked in various parishes in Panama and served as Executive Secretary of the National Mission in Panama from 1986 to 1994 and as the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Works from 1992 to 1994. At the invitation of the Superior General, Rev. Robert Maloney, CM, he volunteered in China and changed provinces from the Eastern Province to the Chinese Vincentian Province where he worked from 1994 to 2015. He then returned to the Eastern Province and was assigned to St. John the Baptist Parish/Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Brooklyn. In October, 2016, he began serving on the team of the Miraculous Medal Shrine.

To contact Fr. Sendlein, please click here to send an email, or call
215-713-2400 x2487.


Administration

AJ Quay
Senior Executive Director

To contact AJ, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x223.

 

Maria Raskob
Supervisor, Accounting

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Development

Nick Gibboni
Director of Development

To contact Nick, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x225.

 

 

Claudia Strohm
Director of Latino Development

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Claudia Strohm has served as the Director of Latino Development for CAMM since 2015. She assists with outreach, programming, and materials geared toward the significant numbers of Catholics visiting our Shrine whose first language is Spanish. One of her main goals is to help the Latino community feel more at home at the Miraculous Medal Shrine.

Claudia moved to the United States from Colombia, South America, in 2009. She grew up with a strong Catholic faith, including a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, her “strength in every moment of life, especially in difficult times.”

Claudia received a BA in Social Communications and Journalism from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia. She is also certificated by WES, World Education Services, NY, and holds Diplomas in Marketing and Sales Management, (Universidad Politecnico Grancolombiano, Bogota, Colombia), Finance, (Universidad Politecnico Grancolombiano, Bogota, Colombia), and Tutoring Skills Development (Asesores Demo, Bogota, Colombia). Claudia has experience in Hospitality, Management, Event Planning, Sales, Translation, Education, and Communications.

To contact Claudia, please click here to send an email, or call
215-848-1010 x245.

Claudia Strohm
Directora de Desarrollo Latino

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Claudia Strohm se he desempeñado como Directora de Desarrollo Latino de CAMM desde el 2015, desarrollando programas y materiales de divulgación para los fieles católicos de habla hispana que vienen a nuestro Santuario. Uno de sus principales objetivos es lograr que la comunidad latina se sienta en casa cuando visita el Santuario de La Medalla Milagrosa.

Claudia llegó a Estados Unidos en el año 2009. Creció con una fe católica fuerte y muy arraigada, incluyendo una especial devoción por la Virgen María, su ¨fuerza en cada momento de la vida, especialmente en los momentos difíciles¨

Claudia es Comunicadora Social y Periodista de la Universidad Externado de Colombia. Está certificada por WES, World Education Services, Nueva York y tiene diplomas en Marketing y Gestión de Ventas, (Universidad Politécnico Grancolombiano, Bogotá, Colombia), Finanzas, (Universidad Politécnico Grancolombiano, Bogotá, Colombia) y Desarrollo de Competencias (Asesores Demo, Bogotá, Colombia). Claudia tiene experiencia en administración de personal, gestión, planificación de eventos, ventas, traducción, educación y comunicaciones.

Para contactar a Claudia, por favor haga clic aquí para enviar un email o llame al teléfono 215-848-1010 x245.

 

Katherine Cartagena
Development Associate

To contact Katherine, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x237.

Katherine Cartagena
Coordinadora de Desarollo

Para contactar a Katherine,  por favor haga click aquí, o llamela al 215-848-1010 x237.

 


Marie Killian
Major Gifts Officer

To contact Marie, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x233.


Communications

Beth Racine
Director of Communications

To contact Beth, please click here to send an email, or call
215-848-1010 x226.

Erin Maguire
Communications Assistant

To contact Erin, please click here to send an email, or call
215-848-1010 x249.

 


 

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Operations

Connie Capaldo
Director of Operations

To contact Connie, please click here to send an email, or call
215-848-1010 x248.

 

Anne Wise
Supervisor, Operations

To contact Anne, please click here to send an email, or call
215-848-1010 x232.