Welcome to the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia
Our staff is composed of the Augustinian Friars who minister to the faithful here, and of several lay ministers who use their gifts to help promote the Shrine and the Cascia Center Ministries.
Chesley oversees the day-to-day operations of the Shrine, as well as fostering development initiatives and programming. She works closely with the Province Council and Provincial Prior, Fr. Michael Di Gregorio, OSA, to ensure the Shrine supports the Augustinians of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, and vice versa!
Chesley is a former Augustinian Volunteer and a member of St. Augustine Parish in Old City. She received her degrees in Art History and Honors from Villanova University in 2005 and her Masters of Science in Church Management from Villanova Business School in 2019.
Contact Chesley: cturner(at)saintritashrine.org
Fr. James Paradis, O.S.A., D.Min.
Cascia Center Ministries
A friar for over 30 years, Fr. Jim just completed five years in formation work as Director of Novices for the North American Federation of Augustinians. He has served in parish and retreat work, spiritual direction and counseling, as well as eight years in leadership as Provincial Councilor and Personnel Director for the Villanova Province of Augustinians. Jim is a certified pastoral counselor and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Clinical Pastoral Psychology. He has worked extensively with individuals and couples—along with clergy and religious—drawing on the resources of psychology and spirituality to help people, including those who have suffered great loss and trauma, to find wholeness and new life. His background includes certification in anger management, work with abuse survivors, and treatment of shame. He worked previously at the Shrine from 2011-2013, promoting new efforts of reconciliation and healing in the creation of Cascia Center ministries.
Contact Fr. Jim: jparadis(at)saintritashrine.org
As the Development Coordinator, Yuliana helps manage the details of various fundraising and development initiatives. Because of the importance of a strong brand and visual representation in successful development, Yuliana also assists with graphic design for both print and online initiatives which include programs, bulletin design, website, Facebook, and other social media presences. Yuliana is also Associate Editor of the Peacemaker magazine.
Yuliana was born in Indonesia and became a United States citizen shortly after she migrated to America. She pursued her education at the Community College of Philadelphia and received an Associated Degree in Art and Design in 2015.
Contact Yuli: DevelopmenT(AT)saintritashrine.org
Jessie Curtin & Jack Harmelin
Jessie Curtin and Jack Harmelin are the Office Administrators for the National Shrine of St. Rita. On a daily basis, they assist the members, benefactors, friars and employees of the Shrine on a number of tasks, including: minister scheduling, pilgrimages, announced Masses, prayer requests, among many other things. Jesie and Jack are the heads of hospitality, greeting all our guests and visitors with a sense of welcome. Jessie is in the office Monday through Wednesday and Jack is in the office Wednesday through Friday.
Both of these wonderful employees bring patience, intelligence, and compassion to their role at the Shrine.
Contact JESSIE AND JACK: Office(AT)saintritashrine.org
Gift Shop Associate
Katy Elmasry is our "Gift Shop Lady" and ambassador for Shrine Visitors! Ask Kathy for help finding the right patron saint or angel, or for ideas about gifts and keepsakes.
Visit the Online Gift Shop or call Kathy at 215-546-8335.
The Gift Shop is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm, on Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
We also have other staff members who help make sure our Shrine is a welcoming haven for all who visit us. Although they don't wish to be listed online, they are happy to assist all who come to the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia!