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
Fr. O’Brien was born in Philadelphia and was ordained in 1967 at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA. Following ordination, Fr. O’Brien spent 33 years in parish ministry. He also served as one of the Directors at Vincentian Residence in Niagara Falls and Treasurer at St. Vincent’s Seminary in Germantown. Fr. O’Brien serves as the Miraculous Medal Shrine Director and CAMM Spiritual Director in addition to his role as Director of Our Lady of Angels Association located on the campus of Niagara University, NY. Some Shrine devotees may remember Fr. O’Brien as the former Director of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal from 1996 to 2002.
To contact Fr. O’Brien, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x253.
Fr. Michael Shea, CM
Fr. Shea was born in Brooklyn, NY, and was ordained in 1970. Fr. Shea taught at a number of Philadelphia Archdiocesan high schools as well as at the university level at Niagara University, NY, and Auburn University, AL. He served at St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI, until his assignment 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. Fr. Shea responds weekly to faith questions in “Ask Fr. Shea,” provides Marian Reflections for the e-newsletter, and is a popular retreat leader promoting Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal throughout the United States.
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
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Fr. Flavio, CM, from Nicaragua, spiritually heads the monthly Spanish Novenas and Shrine Latino events and serves 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. Fr. Flavio worked in development and formation for the Congregation of the Mission in Central America and as Provincial Treasurer in the Central America Province. He has served as a teacher, hospice chaplain, in parish ministry, and currently serves in the International Vincentian Family Office.
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Padre Flavio Pereira, CM
Director Espiritual Comunidad Latina
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El Padre Flavio, CM, nacido en Nicaragua, es el líder espiritual en las Novenas y eventos latinos en español que se realizan en el Santuario y sirve como Director Espiritual para la Comunidad Latina. Recibió su doctorado en Filosofía en la Universidad Rafael Landívar de Guatemala y su licenciatura y maestría en Teología en la Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas en El Salvador. El Padre Flavio trabajó en el desarrollo y formación de la Congregación de la Misión en América Central y como Tesorero Provincial en la Provincia de Centroamérica. Ha servido como maestro, capellán de hospicio, en el ministerio parroquial y actualmente sirve en la Oficina Internacional de la Familia Vicentina.
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Fr. Michael J. Callaghan, CM
Fr. Callaghan, 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, an MAT in English from Niagara University, NY, and a PhD in English from New York University, NY. Fr. Callaghan has served in parish ministry and as a high school teacher and university professor at St. John’s University, in Jamaica, NY. He also chaired the Department of English at St. Joseph’s Preparatory Seminary, Princeton, NJ. In 2002, he received the Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award at St. John’s University. Fr. Callaghan leads retreats and is a regular preacher at the Shrine.
To contact Fr. Callaghan, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x252.
Fr. Francis Sacks, CM
Chaplain at St. Catherine’s Infirmary
Fr. Sacks was ordained in 1967 and spent most of his priesthood teaching Theology to undergraduates. He has conducted retreats for religious sisters and served as a campus minister at Auburn University and as Director of the East Central Alabama Vincentian Mission. He also served as Religious Superior for his Vincentian Community at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, NJ, Retreat Preacher at St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, MI, and Chaplain at the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, MD. Fr. Sacks came to St. Vincent’s Seminary in 2016 to undertake two assignments: Chaplain at St. Catherine’s Infirmary and Associate Director of CAMM. Fr. Sacks’ mother, at the births of her children, enrolled Fr. Sacks and his seven siblings as perpetual members of CAMM.
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Fr. Thomas Sendlein, CM
Fr. Sendlein attended St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, NJ, and St. Vincent’s Novitiate in Ridgefield, CT. He studied Philosophy and Theology at Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA, where he received BA, MA, MDiv, and MTh degrees. Fr. Sendlein has served in parish ministry and as Executive Secretary of the National Mission in Panama and the National Director of the Pontifical Mission Works. For more than two decades, he served in China for the Chinese Vincentian Province. In October, 2016, he began serving on the team of the Miraculous Medal Shrine. Fr. Sendlein’s Aunt Mary, a promoter of the Miraculous Medal, enrolled him in the Association of the Miraculous Medal in the early 1950s.
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Senior Executive Director
AJ earned his BS in Accounting at Penn State University and MBA in Finance at LaSalle University. In 2014, he became the Senior Executive Director at CAMM where he oversees all fundraising, donor relations, and special events, and is responsible for managing the staff as well as the daily operations of the Shrine, Gift Shop, and Marian Art Museum. He has a strong background in strategic and financial leadership with broad experience in service, retail, distribution, non-profit, and manufacturing organizations. AJ has domestic and international experience with organization restructuring, financial and strategic planning, and operational improvements, in addition to insight into operations and financial functions. His mother’s lifelong devotion to Mary influenced AJ’s decision to work for CAMM.
To contact AJ, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x223.
Maria has worked in finance and accounting since 1978. She started out as an Accounts Payable Clerk and worked her way up to Finance Supervisor, spending the bulk of her career working in accounting for the steel industry. Maria supervises the daily functions of all accounting aspects at CAMM such as depositing contributions and overseeing accounts payable and Shrine expenses. Maria felt called by God to work at CAMM and enjoys learning new prayers like the Memorare, and attending employee Masses. She is continually inspired by stories of miracles that happen at the Shrine.
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Director of Development
Nick received a BA in Social Work and a Minor in Music from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He served as Director of Operations for the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal for five years before becoming Director of Development in 2015. Earlier in his career, Nick gained experience in Catholic Development as the Stewardship Coordinator for the Diocese of Trenton, NJ. Nick was introduced to the Miraculous Medal Shrine and CAMM by a hospital chaplain while being treated for cancer in 2005; his cancer remains in full remission, a grace he attributes to Mary Immaculate. Nick also serves as Chairman of the Catholic Professionals of Greater Philadelphia, a regional networking organization, which he founded in 2009. He and his wife Nicole greatly enjoy their time spent together raising their two sons.
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Director of Latino Development
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Claudia, a Colombian native, directs 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. She said her devotion to Mary is 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, Finance, and Tutoring Skills Development. Claudia has experience in Hospitality, Management, Event Planning, Sales, Translation, Education, and Communications.
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Directora de Desarrollo Latino
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Claudia, nacida en Colombia, dirige la divulgación, programación y el desarrollo de materiales al número significativo de católicos que visitan nuestro Santuario cuya lengua materna es el español. Uno de sus principales objetivos es ayudar a la comunidad latina a sentirse en casa cuando visitan el Santuario de la Medalla Milagrosa. Ella asegura que su devoción a María es su “fortaleza en cada momento de la vida, especialmente en los momentos difíciles”. Claudia obtuvo su título en Comunicación Social y Periodismo de la Universidad Externado en Bogotá, Colombia. También obtuvo una certificación por WES, World Education Services, NY y certificaciones en Gerencia de Ventas y Marketing, Finanzas y Desarrollo de entrenamiento. Claudia tiene experiencia en hotelería, gerencia, planeación de eventos, ventas, traducción, educación y comunicaciones.
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Katherine earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Business from Immaculata University. She assists the directors of Development and Latino Development in planning, coordinating, and executing CAMM’s fundraising strategies. Katherine, a native Bolivian, is also the Co-Founder and President of the Emilia Wojtyla Shelter in Bolivia, which she runs with her mother to help women and children who suffer domestic violence. Additionally, Katherine sings for the Lucas 4-18 band, a Catholic group that organizes and performs worship events to evangelize Latinos. She firmly believes nothing is impossible for God and credits her education and position at CAMM to Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception.
To contact Katherine, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x237.
Coordinadora de Desarollo
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Katherine se graduó en Psicología con una concentración en Negocios de la Universidad de Immaculata. Asiste a los directores de Desarrollo y Desarrollo Latino en la planificación, coordinación y ejecución de las estrategias de recaudación de fondos para CAMM. Katherine, nativa de Bolivia, es también la cofundadora y presidenta del Refugio Emilia Wojtyla en Bolivia, que dirige con su madre para ayudar a las mujeres y los niños que sufren violencia doméstica. Además, Katherine canta para la banda de Lucas 4-18, un grupo católico que organiza y realiza eventos y retiros para evangelizar a los Latinos. Ella cree firmemente que nada es imposible para Dios y da crédito de su educación y posición en CAMM a la Virgen María, bajo el título de la Inmaculada Concepción.
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Major Gifts Officer
Marie’s relationship with the Miraculous Medal Shrine began in her early childhood when she attended the Monday Novenas with her parents and family. Since that time, she has supported CAMM and now serves as the Major Gifts Officer where she is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with donors. Marie’s professional experience includes human capital consulting, strategic planning, risk management, employee benefits, and regulatory compliance. She has worked in the insurance, healthcare, and telecommunications industries of Fortune 500 companies, and has served on non-profit boards. Marie holds BS and MA degrees in Speech Pathology from West Chester University, has also earned a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law, and is a licensed attorney in Pennsylvania.
To contact Marie, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x233.
Director of Communications
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Erin’s devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is part of her heritage; she feels blessed to work where her great-grandparents often prayed. Erin assists in developing, organizing, and implementing communications for events, appeals, and Masses at the Shrine. She earned her BA in Communications and Theology with a concentration in Journalism from DeSales University, and spent a semester at the University of Ireland, Maynooth. Erin has extensive experience in Journalism, writing for various local news outlets and an international wire service. Her background also includes elementary and high school teaching, communications, and farm work, as well as wide-ranging international travel experiences and volunteer work for homeless and crisis pregnancy ministries.
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Paulette bought her first Miraculous Medal with her birthday money at age 12 and has been a Shrine devotee since high school. She has an extensive background in tour and travel planning and is well known to Shrine attendees from her work at the Shrine Gift Shop. Paulette has experience in all aspects of travel arrangements, including sales, marketing, advertising, radio, staff training, overseeing group and individual reservations, and escorting large travel groups and tours specializing in religious travel. She oversees the educational programming for pilgrimage groups, retreats, and tours, and works with priests and volunteers to give presentations to visitors at the Miraculous Medal Shrine and Art Museum.
To contact Paulette, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x252.
Director of Operations
Connie feels blessed to have worked at the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal since 1990. She studied Computer Data Processing at Pierce Jr. College and spent most of her years at CAMM managing the IT department before becoming the Director of Operations in 2015. Connie brings a wealth of IT experience to CAMM and continues to share her IT knowledge in her management position. Mary’s presence at the Shrine gives Connie peace as she prayers for her son in the military and for her family.
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Anne received her BS in Personnel and Labor Relations from LaSalle University. She has more than 30 years of operations management experience primarily in the student loan industry focusing on process flow, process improvement, and quality control. Anne was introduced to Miraculous Medal in the early 2000’s when Fr. John Kettleberger, then Pastor of St. Vincent DePaul Parish, suggested she pray the Miraculous Medal Novena. After she was laid off in 2012, Anne visited the Shrine for the first time and began attending the Monday Novena with her mother, which brought her “a lot of comfort during the uncertain time.” Anne responded to a bulletin ad for CAMM volunteers in 2013 and began working part-time as a CAMM receptionist in 2015. Her skillset was quickly realized, and she became the Supervisor of Operations that same year.
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