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Educating and Serving Philadelphia’s Immigrant Community

Meet our Staff


Sister Connie Trainor, SSJ

Executive Director

Sister Connie Trainor is a Sister of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA. She has taught at the elementary level in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and in the dioceses of Trenton, NJ, Wilmington, DE, and Harrisburg, PA and has also served as a pastoral associate in parishes in Philadelphia and Camden, NJ. More recently Sister Connie worked in Hispanic ministry in Newark, DE and then moved on to the ministry of congregational administration with her congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She joined the Staff of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center in 2013. She helped to develop the PEACE Group, a group of immigrant women who come together to share in Programs for Education, Awareness, Collaboration and Empowerment for immigrants. Sister Connie is presently the director of the SSJ Welcome Center.


Sister Marian Behrle, SSJ

Finance and Renovations Coordinator

Sister Marian Behrle has served at the Welcome Center since 2003. She oversees finances and the renovations at our newly acquired annex, and is a part-time instructor. Sister Marian has been a Sister of Saint Joseph for 55 years. S. Marian is an alumna of Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA and Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She was founding director of the SSJ Literacy Project and has also served as an elementary school principal and teacher.


Nancy Bordewick

Immigration Services Coordinator

Nancy Bordewick first started working at the SSJ Welcome Center as a full-time volunteer in 2006. Three years later, she became a full-time member of the staff. Now accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals, Nancy assists our dear neighbors in a variety of immigration-related matters. She also serves as an English teacher here at the Welcome Center.


Sister Margaret Fleming, SSJ

Instructor

Sister Margaret Fleming entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia in September, 1956, after graduating from Chestnut Hill College with a degree of BS in mathematics. She taught in an elementary school for one year, then taught ninth and tenth grade mathematics for nine years, during which time she also earned an MA in mathematics from Villanova University. She then became dean of students at Chestnut Hill College, a position which she held for eleven years. In 1979 she was elected to the General Council of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and remained in that position until she was elected Superior General in 1989. At the conclusion of her second term as superior general in 1999 she became a staff member at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center where she continues to teach adult immigrants to read, write and speak English.


Sister Pat Madden, SSJ

Instructor; Technology Coordinator; PEACE Group Leader

Sister Pat has worked as an elementary school teacher as well as a middle school principal. The last thirteen years she has taught English as a Second Language at the Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center. She has an M.ED in Language Arts from Arcadia University and she also received a certificate in ESL teaching from ICAL TEFL an online education site.


Sister Kathy McShane, SSJ

Literacy Services Coordinator

Sister Kathy joined the staff of the SSJ Welcome Center in July 2015. She is so happy to be able to minister among so many wonderful people. Prior to this, she has ministered in the field of Education and Special Education as a teacher, principal and Pastoral Care Coordinator. She has her Master’s in Education with emphasis on Special Education.


Rosa Murcia García

Administrative Assistant

Rosa Murcia García is from Guatemala. She has been working officially at the Welcome Center since October 2008. However, she’s been around since the beginning days. Rosa and her children actually helped prepare the Welcome Center for its opening in 2003! Rosa serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Welcome Center. She loves working here because she gets to meet so many wonderful people from different countries.


Maggie Myers

Special Events and Grants Coordinator

Maggie Myers has been in the development position at the SSJ Welcome Center since 2014. She is responsible for overseeing grants, special events, and communications. Maggie is an alumna of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Mission Corps program, and Saint Joseph University, and taught English as a Second Language in Kilis 7 Aralik University in Kilis, Turkey as a Fulbright ETA. She has also studied at Arcadia University, Philadelphia; Association of Fundraising Professionals, Philadelphia; University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, and Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, Germany.


Sister Judy Ridley, SSJ

Volunteer Coordinator

Sister Judy Ridley entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Philadelphia on September 8th, 1954. She was an elementary school teacher for eight years, and then spent the next thirty-six years as a ninth and tenth grade mathematics teacher. She earned an AB in mathematics at Chestnut Hill College and an M.Ed in school counseling at Seton Hall University. From 2000 until 2003 she was an administrative assistant at Cecilian Academy, and then served as receptionist at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy until 2006. She became a staff member (receptionist and coordinator of volunteers) at the SSJ Welcome Center in September 2006.