Who We Are

 
 
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Staff

IT TAKES A TEAM THAT SPANS ALL VOCATIONS. THIS IS OUR SQUAD.

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FR. CARLOS KEEN, SCV

Chaplain

ckeen@saintsaj.org

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CAROLYN SHIELDS

Communications Coordinator

cshields@saintsaj.org

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PATRICK TRAVERS, SCV

Director of Newman Apostolate

ptravers@saintsaj.org

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Fr. REMI MORALES, SCV

Spirituality Director

rmorales@saintsaj.org

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Marisa March

Academic Director

mmarch@saintsaj.org

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Michael Gokie, SCV

Associate Director

mjg395@drexel.edu

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Peter Bernetsky

Development Coordinator

pbernetsky@saintsaj.org

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LEO NEGRINI, SCV

Outreach Coordinator

lnegrini@saintsaj.org


AS WELL AS…

Carole Tokarczyk: Assistant to the Chaplain & Receptionist

office@saintsaj.org

Chris George: Assistant General Manager

pbernetsky@saintsaj.org

Greg Tokarczyk: Facilities Coordinator

gtokarczyk@saintsaj.org

Nelson Villamor: Campus Minister for Penn

njvillamor@saintsaj.org

Matt Smith: Business Manager

business@saintsaj.org

 

FOCUS Missionaries

 
 
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Fellowship of Catholic University Students

MEET OUR NEW FOCUS MISSIONARIES

We are PUMPED to welcome FOCUS missionaries to Drexel this year. Partnering with chaplains and campus ministers, FOCUS missionaries go out to colleges and universities to meet students where they are: in the dorms, on the field, at the student union and in every corner of campus. Through outreach events and one-on-one conversations, students make meaningful connections with members of Christ’s body — growing in friendships, sharing life and coming together in authentic community.

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Juliana Coppa

Shoot me a text at 610-757-5878 or email juliana.coppa@focus.org

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Philip Paulson

Shoot me a text at 562-235-7027 or email philip.paulson@focus.org

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Sarah Potter

Shoot me a text at 414-698-0100 or email sarah.potter@focus.org

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Nick Brouillette

Shoot me an email at nicholas.brouillette@focus.org

 

Student Leaders

 
 
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Vincenzo Dragone, President

Major: Chemical Engineering

“Drexel Newman embraces values I find to be most important: Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas (Truth, Unity, and Love). In all its works, the Newman community provides students with the tools to understand the TRUTH found in the gospels and Catholic traditions, an atmosphere of fellowship and UNITY within the university, other schools, and parishioners of St. Agatha-St. James, and an opportunity through service to grow a relationship of LOVE with Christ and his people. The ultimate mission of Drexel Newman is to help each individual create a personal relationship with God and, in doing so, obtain the strength to reach his/her full potential in school, life, relationships, and spiritual growth. I am truly grateful to be a member of such a caring, loving, and faith-filled community at Drexel University that fosters true Christian brotherhood and sisterhood in our Lord.”

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Sonny Pastore, Social Media Chair

Major: Computer Science

Greetings, my name is Sonny and I am the current Social Media Chair! I joined Newman last year and this community has saved my life and allowed me to find God and surround myself with the friends I consider my family today. I am heavily involved in the both the Drexel and Penn communities and I am starving for the faith. My favorite Saint is St. Peter.

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Thomas Bianco, Alumni Relations Chair

Major: Chemical Engineering

“My name is Thomas Bianco and I am the current Alumni Relations Chair! I'm a junior here at Drexel, studying chemical engineering. My favorite Saint is Jean de Brébeuf.”

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Therese Mathew, Service Chair

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Francesca Corna, Officer of Faith Formation

Major: Marketing & Finance

"My favorite part of Newman is being surrounded by people who will constantly challenge me to grow as a Catholic because they love me as a person."

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Juliana Wallgren, Newman Night Coordinator

Major: Electrical Engineering

“I got involved with Newman at the start of my freshman year and it’s been an amazing part of my life ever since! This community continually encourages me to grow in my faith and seek God in all things, and I look forward to the rest of my time here.”

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Andrea Umali, Events Coordinator

Major: Math

“I joined Newman after going to spring retreat last year and experiencing God’s love through the community and His mercy through time in adoration. Since then, the Newman community has been an outlet for me to learn more about my faith and how to rejoice in it in my everyday life.”

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William Reil, Treasurer

Major: Material Science & Engineering

“Hello!  I am Bill Reil.  I study Material Science & Engineering with a concentration in Nanomaterials.  I work to ensure that everyone who comes to Newman will be provided with everything they need to grow in fellowship and spirit.  I run the Big Questions Small Group to lead discussion on the great issues that no one ever talks about in today’s society.”

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Cyra Gallano, Outreach Chair

Major: Material Science & Engineering

“My name is Cyra Gallano and I’m studying Materials Science and Engineering. I love being in the Newman Community, making new friends, sharing wonderful and fun experiences, and encountering Christ deeply and often.”