In addition to our regularly scheduled events, the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center staff is able to offer a variety of program formats designed to meet the specific needs of individual groups. We offer:
Sponsored Programs: These are programs held at Mother Boniface Spirituality Center that are designed specifically and exclusively for your group and facilitated by our staff member(s). We work with your group leader to plan the program around the individual groups’ needs.
Hosted Programs: These are programs that are held at Mother Boniface Spirituality Center but are planned and facilitated by the group’s regular leader or another outside facilitator. The program is planned and coordinated by the group’s leader without the assistance of the Mother Boniface Spirituality Center staff.
Off-Site Programs: These are programs that are designed and facilitated by our staff member(s) but are held at the group’s regular meeting site or another off-site location.
Sr. Geraldine Whelan, MSBT has guided the center for the past nine years after earlier assignments in retreat ministry in Alabama as well as social work in the South and for the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Sr. Gerry continues to work with the lay staff at the Spirituality Center to incorporate the charism of the Missionary Servants in our daily ministry. She plans and offers retreat programs and as a certified spiritual director, she is available to meet with people for spiritual direction. She can be reached at 267-350-1830.
Sr. Sara Butler, MSBT, S.T.L., Ph.D. leads the New Evangelization efforts at the Mother Boniface Center. Sr. Sara has been a seminary professor of theology and is a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Sr. Sara has taught Christology to seminarians for over 25 years and is currently an adjunct professor at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. She may be reached at 267-350-1833.
Joanne Nesbitt has been a lay employee of the MSBT for over twenty years in various roles and is the administrative assistant for the Center. She can be reached at 267-350-1831. Joanne serves as the Retreat Coordinator organizing the event logistics and handling contracts, payments and invoicing. Joanne and her family live in NE Philadelphia.
Laura Endara-Mantilla, MA, Director of Hispanic Ministry, was born in Colombia and raised in Ecuador before moving to the United States. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Wharton School University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree in Theology from Boston College. She has been working with the Hispanic community for over 10 years, and she teaches Theology for the Hispanic Ministry at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. She directs retreats, provides talks, offers Bible Studies, facilitates youth, young adult, & family events, and leads mornings reflections. She has been married for over 30 years and has four children and three grandchildren.
Amy Raimondi joined the MBSC staff in April of 2018 with prior experiences in Parish and Diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Amy works with parishes and groups to coordinate youth programs and opportunities both at the parishes and the retreat center. With vibrant young adults in the Northeast, Amy develops programs and retreats planned within the local community and at the retreat center. Amy can be reached at email@example.com or via phone at
Edel Finnegan joined the Mother Boniface Center as Director in June of 2017, and has worked for non-profit sector for twenty years supporting pro-life and housing organizations. Edel can be reached at 267-872-9072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.