Father John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA (Hanceville, AL) is a priest of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word providing for the spiritual and sacramental needs of EWTN and the nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery both founded by Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA. Fr. John Paul Mary is the Director of the EWTN Pilgrimage Department, prays televised daily Mass and preaches on EWTN. He joined Lourdes Volunteers as a chaplain in October 2014, and was witness to the life-changing experiences where “conversion is at the heart of the Lourdes message.” Father John Paul Mary was appointed by Pope Francis and served as a Missionary of Mercy as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Marlene Watkins, OFS (Syracuse, NY) is the Foundress and President of Lourdes Volunteers, the first Lourdes Hospitality of the Americas sharing the Message of Lourdes through Virtual Pilgrimages, bringing the seriously ill and the profoundly disabled to Lourdes with medical supportive care and bringing volunteers, youth and university students in service to the Sanctuary and on special needs pilgrimages. Leading Volunteer and Special Needs Pilgrimages has brought Marlene to Lourdes more than one hundred times. Marlene has guided Virtual Pilgrimages in parishes, cathedrals, schools, convents, prisons, universities and at conferences across America-the-Beautiful and to Africa, Europe and Asia. She has appeared on CBS, PBS and frequently on EWTN as well as appearing on Catholic national and local radio broadcasts and in print media.
Alessandro De Franciscis, MD (Lourdes, France) is a Pediatrician and Director of the Bureau des Constatations Médicales and the Comité Médical International de Lourdes. Dr. De Franciscis was born, raised and educated in Italy, also studying at Harvard earning a Masters Degree. Dr. De Franciscis was named the Medical Director in Lourdes in 2009 and oversaw the final investigation and proclamation of Miracle #68 in 2012 and Miracle #69 in 2013. He has appeared often on international television, including CBS and PBS in America, and in print publications worldwide. Dr. De Franciscis is a Knight of Malta, a member of U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. and the Hospitalitè Notre Dame de Lourdes.
Linda Satterlee, DO (Belding, MI, The Villages, FL) is a Board Certified Family Physician with 36 years experience in both the formation and management of solo and group family practices. Graduating with honors from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Satterlee had a private practice in Michigan and was an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at MSU. Recently relocating to Florida, she joined in Family Practice at The Villages Health. Linda has directed 12 Special Needs Pilgrimages with Lourdes Volunteers providing medical supportive care including infusion therapy, oxygen use and kidney dialysis. She is a our medical specialist for managing medications across time zones and our best-dressed physician!
Richard Antinone, BA, MSN, RN (Steubenville, OH) is a professor of nursing and clinical instructor at Franciscan University currently completing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Pittsburgh. Richard has a B. A. in psychology and 37 years of emergency room nursing, along with experience in trauma, transplant and nursing informatics. He is our most experienced Advance Team Nurse setting up and closing our medical room in the hospital-bed facility for our Special Needs Pilgrimage. Richard provides our volunteer Supportive Care training in addition to his nursing Supportive Care service.
Pamela Ryan, BA, MA (Syracuse, NY) is the Pilgrimage Director for Lourdes Volunteers having travelled to Lourdes over 80 times since 2007. Pam is a retired language educator with 32 years experience bringing Spanish-speaking and American Sign Language skills to our leadership team. Pam is a teacher for volunteers to the Sanctuary at Lourdes and is a trained guide with the Hospitalitè Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Pam directs the Advance Team providing orientation and training to support the Special Needs Pilgrimage Medical and Leadership teams and is the liaison between our pilgrimages and the Sanctuary. Pam directs the Youth Catechesis Service Pilgrimages for teens, University and Volunteer Pilgrimages.
Lali Medina-Kauwe, Ph.D. (Los Angeles, CA) is a research scientist and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Medina-Kauwe has studied the mechanisms viruses use to infect cells to create improved technologies for targeting therapeutics to cancer. Today, she is developing several types of “smart bombs” to target therapy to cancer while sparing healthy tissue. Dr. Medina-Kauwe has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, among notable others. Her research has been recognized by the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Society of Gene Therapy and the American Chemical Society. Dr. Medina-Kauwe is a Co-Director of the Doctoral Program in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She recently co-founded a company which licensed her biotechnologies and currently holds one awarded and six pending patents. Lali and her husband, Deacon Dan, have served at Lourdes and are active in parish ministries.
Fr. Fernando Orejuela, AIC (Pembroke Pines, FL) was born in Cali, Colombia and ordained in the Archdiocese of Villavicencio in 1997. Fr. Fernando is a priest of the Community of the Immaculate Conception. He has experience as a leader of youth groups, retreats, pilgrimages and Christian formation programs in Latin America and the United States. He is an internationally known lecturer and has produced and directed both television and radio programs since 2000. Fr. Fernando currently transmits via the internet and speaks on Radio Peace Miami. He has served in many dioceses in the United States and is presently pastor of St. Boniface Church, Pembroke Pines, Florida.
Melinde Nene, OFS, RN, CCRN, CNRN (St. Petersburg, FL) has served in Lourdes, France, on 14 Special Needs Pilgrimages as a Supportive Care nurse and often as Pilgrimage Head Nurse for Special Needs Pilgrimages with Lourdes Volunteers. Melinde is our Supportive Care Plan specialist having developed hundreds of detailed plans to best accompany the seriously ill and profoundly disabled to Lourdes. Melinde graduated in 1979 from CLMMH School of Nursing in Bacolod City, Philippines. She has practiced Trauma and Neuro ICU nursing for over 30 years, currently with the VA Hospital in Surgical ICU. Melinde is a Certified Critical Care (CCRN) and a Certified Neurology (CNRN) nurse. Melinde is a Holy Adorer, an active Pro-Life advocate and Secular Franciscan most recently traveling in volunteer service with Lourdes Volunteers across Communist China.
Edwin and Charo Rojas (Miami, FL) are Peruvian-Americans actively serving the Catholic Church as active members of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Miami. Edwin and Charo met as teenagers in French class and are now fluent in several languages. God has guided the Rojas with their language gifts as North American Lourdes Volunteers to spread the Message of Lourdes in Spanish to Americans and in Spanish-speaking countries and also to lead Special Needs Pilgrimages and to serve the Sanctuary in Lourdes. The Rojas are Lay Ministers, retreat leaders and lead the Consecration to Jesus through Mary following the practice of St. Louis de Montfort with True Devotion to Mary. The Rojas recently offered Virtual Pilgrimages in South America and appeared on EWTN speaking about Lourdes and Lourdes Volunteers ministries.
Majel J. Braden, Ed.D (San Antonio, TX) is a military spouse, educator and counselor specializing in both grief therapy and curriculum development, and has worked with several universities and school systems in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Majel has served as a bereavement volunteer with both military and civilian organizations wherever her family was stationed. The entire Braden family, including her adult children and Godchildren, has served as Lourdes Volunteers since 2003 with the Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes, as Youth Volunteers and on Special Needs Pilgrimages, more than a decade of the holy Rosary! Majel will share her profound insight into the Catholic perspective of grieving and the holy value of heroic suffering.