The Franciscan Center Presenters

Sister Cathy Cahill Franciscan Center Tampa, FL

Sister Cathy Cahill, OSF, a Franciscan Sister of Allegany, has been leading retreats at the Franciscan Center since 1985, for persons in 12 Step programs. In addition to her retreat work at the center, Sister Cathy travels widely as guest presenter at retreat houses across the U.S. Her background in education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in education from St. Bonaventure University, and a master’s degree in education from Rhode Island College. She trained as a substance abuse counselor at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago.

Daniel Francis is the Founder of DMF Coaching which contracts support to individuals for one-on-one life coaching and offers speaking opportunities to groups.  A former Catholic priest, Mr. Francis has been a motivational speaker for the past 24 years, he has given presentations in over 250 cities in 12 countries and on 4 continents.  He has served on the board of advisors for Real Estate Lives, on the advisory council for Keiser University’s Psychology Board as well as the board of directors for WMNF Radio.  He and his wife live in Tampa and enjoy gardening, exercise and (in non-pandemic times) trying out new local establishments.

Maureen Connors, Ph.D., serves as a spiritual companion, retreat leader and meeting facilitator. She is facing the challenge of last third of life issues and trying to do it with grace, resilience and courage! She is recently widowed.

Reverend Bill Cooley, D.Min, MSW, an honorably retired Presbyterian pastor, is living into his last third of life. A spiritual companion in his retirement community in south St. Petersburg and in Tampa Bay, he also leads retreats on deepening spirituality for pastors and older adults.

Nicol Nixon Augusté, PhD, is an author, theologian, and professor of English at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her book, Rome’s Female Saints: A Poetic Pilgrimage to the Eternal City, stems from her time as an affiliated fellow at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Nicol’s work has been published in various journals such as Catholic Medical Quarterly UKThe Encyclopedia of Psychology and ReligionWomen in World ReligionsSandhill Review, and The Tau.

Most recently, she hiked the ancient Christian pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago (the Way of Saint James). Her experiences from the 800-kilometer Camino Francés route, from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, will be published in an upcoming book on the Camino later this year.

Reverend Emmet Murphy, OFM was ordained to the priesthood in 1986. Fr. Emmet resides at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J., after having spent almost four years in a large, very active Franciscan parish in Raleigh, N.C. Fr. Emmet served as one of the North Carolina State prison chaplains, ministering to death row and general population inmates.

Fr. Emmet’s current priestly ministry has been in the Ministry of the Word, that is, preaching parish missions and leading Twelve Step retreats. “With 45 years of sobriety and taking it one day at a time, AA saved my life and I am eternally grateful to the God of my understanding for this precious gift”.

Sr. Jeanne Williams, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Allegany who has many years of experience as an educator, certified spiritual director, retreat leader, and licensed massage therapist. Sr. Jeanne was previously a team member on the staff at the Franciscan Center from 1981 – 1993 and again from 2012 to 2016. She has served in leadership in her Congregation and as Co- director of the Franciscan Sisters’ Associate Program. Her areas of expertise include dream work, liturgical music and dance, and holistic spirituality which integrates body, mind, and spirit.

Judy Kahler-Jalbert, MTh, COSB, is an accomplished retreat leader, a retired hospice chaplain, a certified spiritual director, and a certified facilitator for SoulCollage®.