Sister Sharon Horace, DC When not at the Youth Center cleaning, working on the house, and coordinating schedules for volunteers, Sr. Sharon likes to spend time outdoors gardening, hiking, or running. Sr. Sharon brings to the youth Center her experiences of serving people of all ages in New Orleans, LA, Arkansas, and Brownsville, TX. She has missionary heart, a part of which still lives in Cochabamba, Bolivia and Chepnyal, Kenya. She believes that prayer and reflection are the key to seeing God in the world around us.
Darcy O’Hara A native Philadelphian, Darcy is thrilled to be in the position of Assistant Director at the Center. Though Darcy’s undergrad is in Business and Finance, she has years of experience leading and facilitating service trips as well as designing social justice educational programming. She recognizes the role patient and compassionate people have played in her personal journey in becoming more socially aware, and she is glad to be that person in the lives of some of the young adults who come through the center. Her personal Heroes include Dorothy Day, for obvious reasons, and Amy Poehler for her ability to be successful in something she is passionate about without taking herself too seriously. Some of her hobbies include exploring new places with old friends and recycling the same five jokes over and over.
Teena Weisler Teena brings her own history of service, faith and community, all rooted here in Philadelphia. Teena works as the Campus Minister at Mercy Career and Technical High School during the day, and she will be lending her time and talents to the Center on evenings and weekends. Sister Sharon and Darcy are thrilled to welcome her to the team and look forward to the ways she will aid and inspire each group that comes to our Center.
Michelle Abbruzzese Michelle earned a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2009 from Bryn Mawr’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She is the Associate Director of Depaul House, a transitional housing program for men experiencing homelessness. Depaul House is the first USA project of Depaul International. Depaul International is a group of charities working to support homeless and marginalized people around the world. In her free time Michelle volunteers at Graterford Prison, and enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
George Brenton Originally born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the current Campus Coordinator and Director of Campus Facilities for the Daughter of Charities, George is happy to be on board to advise staff on matters regarding the upkeep of the SVDP Center Facilities. He is taken with the dedication of the staff and the mission to expose youth to the needs and challenges of marginalized people. He is inspired by being with people who take pride in what they do – both at work and at play – as well as his father, who taught him lessons right up to the day he passed away in 1998. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife of 30 years, going to the beach and ball games as well as spending time with their dog, Chewie.
Dr. Robert A. Emberger Bob was born and raised in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Cairn University (B.S.), Biblical Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and holds a doctorate in pastoral counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Bob has been the Executive Director of the Whosoever Gospel Mission since 1989. The Mission provides Christ-centered rehabilitation and job readiness services for homeless men. Bob has also served as a senior pastor, a professional counselor, an adjunct professor of urban missions, an associate pastor, and more recently as the interim pastor of a church. He has been married for 38 years to Marcia who is a registered nurse. Bob and Marcia have four adult children and four granddaughters. He enjoys camping, reading, stamp collecting, gardening, traveling and pizza. Bob loves the work of the DePaul Center because it provides hands-on opportunities for young people to impact others with the love and kindness of Jesus.
Patrick Flaherty Patrick currently works at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. Since joining the Office of Migration and Refugee Services in December of 2015 he has helped to coordinate donations and community support for the 600 refugees Catholic Charities resettles in Northern Virginia every year. Graduating from Mount St. Mary’s University of Maryland in 2015 with a bachelor’s in political science, Patrick hopes to continue working in the field of refugee resettlement and focus on issues related to migration. He currently lives in Washington, D.C., where he is constantly on the look for delicious tacos and BBQ.
Sister Mary Beth Kubera, D.C. Sister Mary Beth is a member of the Provincial Leadership Team for the Daughters of Charity of the Province of St. Louise. She has served as an English teacher in Canton, Ohio; Northfield, Illinois; Gulfport and Natchez, Mississippi; as a high school principal in Montgomery, Alabama; and as a Campus Minister at DePaul University prior to her appointment to the Provincial Council. She enjoys reading, visiting with friends and family, writing poetry, and mentoring young adults in the Vincentian charism. Sister Mary Beth believes that the St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Center is a wonderful place to plant the seeds of social justice and to nurture young people in understanding their responsibility to those living in poverty.
Patrick Flanagan, C.M. The son of the late Thomas & the late Claire, grew up in a family of five in Wantagh, NY. He has been a science teacher, an adjunct professor, as well as a campus minister, and he currently serves as the Religious Superior of Vincentian Community at St John’s University. Father Patrick is honored to serve SVDPYC in an effort to help build an apostolate that connects the next generation of leaders of our nation and church with extraordinary experiences of the peripheries and challenges them to think of concrete ways to work for resolution to ensure sustainable development and systemic justice.