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. Michael J. Carroll, CM – Miraculous Medal Shrine Director – CAMM Spiritual Director

Fr. Michael J. Carroll, CM 
Miraculous Medal Shrine Director
CAMM Spiritual Director

Fr. Carroll, a native Philadelphian, remembers attending the Monday Novena at the Miraculous Medal Shrine with his mother and four siblings. After 41 years as a Vincentian priest in numerous leadership positions, including Superior General of the Vincentians’ Eastern Province, his journey of prayer that began as a child at the Shrine has now come full circle.

Fr. Carroll has been training for this assignment all his life. He, like all Vincentians, has a strong devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. “To me, the Miraculous Medal is the Medal of Hope. It is a clear sign of God’s care for each of us. Mary’s invitation to come to the foot of the Altar and share in her Son’s graces is a gift from God Himself. Her message couldn’t be simpler: God loves us and cares for us. I invite you to let God touch your heart.”

He talks passionately about his role in promoting devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. “The Blessed Mother gave the Miraculous Medal to St. Catherine Labouré, and the task of promoting the Medal was given to the Vincentian Fathers. It was the wisdom of CAMM’s founder, Fr. Joseph P. Skelly, to invite men and women who knew the promise of the Medal to become Promoters. My hope as Director is to share the promise and gift of the Miraculous Medal with as many people as possible, and this can only be done with the support and help of our Promoters.”

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

Fr. Michael Shea, CM – Associate Director

Fr. Michael Shea, CM
Associate Director

Rev. Michael J. Shea, CM, was born in Brooklyn, New York, as the youngest of six children. After graduation from high school, he entered the Vincentian minor seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He was ordained a priest in 1970, and for the next 13 years, he taught in a number of high schools in Philadelphia.

From 1983 to 1993, Father Shea divided his time between Niagara University in New York and Auburn University in Alabama. In 1993, he was assigned to St. Lazare Retreat House in Spring Lake, Michigan, and served there until 2010, when he began his assignment here in Philadelphia as Associate Director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine.

Fr. Shea is a popular speaker and retreat leader. As Associate Director of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, Fr. Shea is responsible for promoting 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’s ministry includes visits to archdioceses, dioceses, parishes, schools, nursing facilities, and other religious organizations to speak on the Special 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
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.

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, 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.

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 J. Callaghan, CM
Associate Director

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 his 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.

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. Francis Sacks, CM
Associate Director
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.

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

Fr. Thomas Sendlein, CM – Associate Director

Fr. Thomas Sendlein, CM
Associate Director

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.

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

Mary Jo Timlin-Hoag – Senior Executive Director

Mary Jo Timlin-Hoag
Senior Executive Director

Mary Jo “MJ” Timlin-Hoag brings more than three decades of leadership experience in the area of Operations, Strategy, Program Development and Employee Engagement, as well as experience in Contract Negotiations, Change Management, and Organizational Development.

Prior to joining CAMM, MJ served in leadership roles at Aetna, GE Healthcare, General Motors, McKesson, Medscape and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is actively involved in numerous community efforts, including serving on charitable boards throughout her career. She is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health, Children’s Healthcare Association, the American Nurses Association, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. She is a past board member of the American Living Donor Network. She also holds certification in project management and is Six Sigma certified. She attended Penn State University and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

MJ also has strong ties to the Vincentian Community (the Congregation of the Mission) and the Miraculous Medal Shrine.

“Having been a part of the Vincentian Family for the majority of my life through my parents’ steadfast faith in the Blessed Mother and through my brother, Rev. John P. Timlin, CM, I am so very pleased to join the Vincentian Family in a different way as a member of the CAMM team and working together to help support the mission of the Central Association of the Miraculous Medal.”

MJ is the mother of two grown children and has one grandchild and a second on the way. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and visiting the Jersey Shore.

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

Maria Raskob – Supervisor, Accounting

Maria Raskob

Supervisor, Accounting

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.

To contact Maria, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x231.

 Norman Lewis – Senior Financial Director

Norman Lewis, Senior Finance DirectorNorman Lewis
Senior Financial Director

Norman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. He previously worked as Controller for SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Venue (the Pennsylvania Convention Center) in Philadelphia. Previously, he held the position of Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis at VWR International in Radnor, PA. Norman has also worked at Solomon Edwards Group in Wayne as a Senior Business Consultant and held various financial positions with CIGNA and Wells Fargo Bank.

Norman lives in Delaware County, PA, and is an enthusiastic Philadelphia sports fan who enjoys watching and attending local sporting events.

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

 

Claudia Strohm – Director of Multicultural Ministries

Claudia Strohm
Director of Multi-Cultural Ministries

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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.

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, 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.

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

Katherine Cartagena – Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Katherine Cartagena
Development Associate

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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.

Katherine Cartagena
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.

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

Marie Killian – Major Gifts Officer

Marie Killian
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.

Beth Racine – Director of Communications

Beth Racine
Director of Communications

Beth Racine’s life-long devotion to Our Blessed Mother and interest in the Marian apparitions led her to accept the position as Director of Communications at CAMM, a position she has held since 2014. She grew up attending Catholic schools on Long Island, NY, then received a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where she began her writing career with the sale of an op-ed column – one of her classroom writing assignments – to Long Island’s Newsday. Her editorial background includes publication of over 250 articles, editing of dozens of books and other publications, and editorial research for numerous publications. An early adopter of technology with a life-long love of art, she incorporated computers, layout and design, then web design and social media in her communications efforts. Beth previously served as Communications/Marketing Director for several non-profit organizations. She and her husband, Norm, live in Bucks County, PA, and are the parents of three grown children, and recently became grandparents! They are active members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, where they serve as team members of the Discovering Christ Series. She would love to hear about miracles received through the intercession of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. To contact Beth, please click here to send an email, or call 215-848-1010 x226.

Paulette Mican – Pilgrimage Director

Paulette Mican
Pilgrimage Director

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.

Connie Capaldo – Director of Operations

Connie Capaldo
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.

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

Anne Wise – Supervisor, Operations

Anne Wise
Supervisor, Operations

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 the Miraculous Medal in the early 2000s 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 an 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.

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