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.

 
 
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Photo by Karl Shouler

Chesley Turner

Shrine Director

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 is currently enrolled in the Church Management Masters Program at Villanova Business School.

Contact Chesley: cturner(at)saintritashrine.org

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Yuliana Saputro

Development Coordinator

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

Christina DiMichele

Office Administrator

Christina is the Office Administrator for the National Shrine of St. Rita. On a daily basis, she assists 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. Christina is the head of hospitality, greeting all our guests and visitors with a sense of welcome.

Christina was born and raised in South Philadelphia.  She attended St. Monica, St. Maria Goretti and Villanova University.  Over the years, Christina has worked for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in several capacities, as well as working on The World Meeting of Families for the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia in 2005, working at the Governor’s Office in Harrisburg, and working for the Chairman of Stradley Ronon law firm.

Contact Christina: Office(AT)saintritashrine.org

 

 
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Kathy Elmasry

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.

Jean Mangini

Wedding Coordinator

Jean is the Wedding Coordinator at the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, organizing and managing our weddings. She joyfully helps couples during the course of their preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage, from scheduling the day, to gathering the correct paperwork, to cueing each bridesmaid in a stately walk down the aisle.

Jean has worked at the Shrine for many years, at first as the Office Administrator, and now as our Wedding Coordinator. Jean is also the wedding coordinator for weddings at St. Augustine Parish in Old City, Philadelphia, another Augustinian-led church.

Jean has been married for 30 years to Mario Mangini, and together they have three children and one beautiful grandchild. She is a parishioner at Annunciation B.V.M. Church in South Philadelphia where husband, Mario, also works part-time. Jean is involved with St. Pio Chapter of the Sons of Italy and St. Pio Novena and Festival annually in September.  

Contact Jean to learn more about celebrating your wedding at The SHrine:

weddings(AT)saintritashrine.org

 

Additional Staff

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!