Amazing What Grace is Found Here!

MorningStar Staff

Sue Seltenright DeFerrari, MA, MSW - Director of Ministry- Sue has been working to shape the vision and ministry of MorningStar through it’s program offerings since it’s inception in 2004. Sue’s own commitment to faith in Christ Jesus and her giftedness in preaching and teaching the faith fuel her vision for ministry: to create new opportunities for to experience and make visible the reign of God in our midst. She brings to the ministry of MorningStar over 15 years of experience in community organizing, nonprofit administration, and pastoral theology. She holds two Masters degrees from Boston College in Pastoral Theology and Social Work. Sue's professional ministry experience includes serving as a missionary internationally and as a professional lay minister in numerous dioceses throughout the United States. Sue is active in her parish community of St. Louis Catholic as well as other projects in her local community. Her main joy is in sharing an active life with her husband and best friend, Michael, and their three young children.

Daniel Sanchez, Groundskeeper - Daniel has been with MorningStar since it’s beginning in 2004 coming to MorningStar directly from working for many years as the groundskeeper of the property for the Dominican Sisters. Daniel is an expert landscaper and is directly responsible for the beautiful upkeep of the 10 acres of property which MorningStar is situated on. Daniel is also a gifted “handyman” who competently wears many hats at MorningStar being our plumber, mechanic, and overall “Mr. Fix-it”. Daniel’s faithful stewardship of the land is enjoyed by everyone who comes to enjoy MorningStar’s peaceful and prayerful grounds. Daniel and his wife worship at St. Ann’s mission in Homestead.

Luis Miguel Carrillo, Chef - Luis joined the staff of MorningStar in 2009 bringing with him a wonderful culinary background gently influenced by his delicious native land, Peru. Luis' cooking a thrilled retreatants since his arrival and MorningStar is happy to have such a joy-filled chef serving those who attend retreats.




In addition to the regular staff, MorningStar Renewal Center is made possible by the efforts of numerous volunteers, advisory council members and the members of its board of directors. We are also supported by regular Retreat Hospitality Coordinators, Kitchen Crew Members, Maintenance Team members and Housekeeping Staff.

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