The Pontifical Institute of the Religious Teachers Filippini
is an Institute of consecrated life dedicated to the works of the Christian Apostolate. 

Faithful to the original inspiration of our Founders, St. Lucy Filippini and Cardinal Mark Anthony Barbarigo,
we continue to regard the ministry of the Christian education of youth and of adults, especially women, as our principal duty. 

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Provincial Adminstration
2019 ~ 2025

Sister Patricia Pompa
has enjoyed her ministry in Catholic education serving as teacher and administrator for most of her religious life. Her love for music was evidenced through her ministry as Music Director of Villa Walsh Academy preparing students for Liturgical worship, concerts and musicales.

Sister also shares her gift of music as organist for the Religious Teachers Filippini. In 1990 Sister Patricia was appointed Principal of Villa Walsh Academy. In addition, Sister Patricia served as Provincial Councilor and Provincial Secretary for the Religious Teachers Filippini from 2001 to 2007.

In 2013, she was elected to the Provincial Council once again and continued to serve as Principal of Villa Walsh Academy. On Friday, September 27, 2019, The Provincial Chapter elected Sister Patricia Pompa as the Provincial Superior.

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Sister Betty Jean Takacs
has been in Catholic Education her entire life. Her career began in kindergarten at Purification BVM School in Ellwood City, PA with the Filippini Sisters and from then until the present day, has enjoyed learning and sharing what she has learned throughout her life. Sister received her undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ and a Master’s in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, PA.

She taught for 13 years before accepting the position of principal at Villa Victoria Academy Lower School, West Trenton. Sister continued as Principal for the next 23 years in Orange, Hammonton, Neptune, NJ and Ellwood City, PA. During her time in Neptune and Ellwood City, Sister served as a Provincial Councilor and Director of Ministries.

In 2007, Sister Betty Jean was elected Provincial Superior of the St. Lucy Province. When that term ended, she accepted principalship at St. Joseph Regional Elementary School, Hammonton, NJ, where she now serves.

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Sister Marianne McCann
has spent her ministry in Catholic Education as an Administrator and most importantly as a teacher. Currently she is the Principal of Paul VI High School and has held that position for the last 18 years; before 2001, she served as Vice Principal of the high school. Along with her administrative duties, she also taught in the Paul VI English department preparing students for college.

Sister Marianne has been recognized for service to the Roman Catholic church with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal, and service to the Diocese of Camden with Meritorious Service to the Church of Camden Award. Most recently she was the 2018 NCEA nominee for Lead, Learn, Proclaim Award from the diocese of Camden.

In the past, she was a member of the Board of Directors for Villa Victoria Academy. In 2019, she was elected Provincial Councilor and Provincial Secretary for the Religious Teachers Filippini while she continues to serve as a Catholic educator of young people in her ministry.

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Sister Marie Antonelli
has dedicated her life to serving God through her ministry in Catholic Education. As principal of Holy Spirit School in Pequannock, NJ for the last 35 years, she continues the mission of preparing the future of our Church both academically and spiritually. She also served as principal for 13 years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Newark, NJ. Prior to becoming a principal, Sr. Marie taught in Sacred Heart in Clifton, Holy Spirit, Pequannock and Queen of Peace, Maywood.

Sister has been honored with the NCEA Principal of the Year Award, the Papal Award of the Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice, the Vievere Christus, Diocesan Award as well as the Caritas Award for Advocacy for Catholic Education from the Catholic Charities.

Sr. Marie has held the positions of Provincial Councilor and Director of Ministries as part of the Administration for the Religious Teachers Filippini from 2001-2007. She was recently elected to serve as a Councilor again and appointed Director of Ministries from 2019-2025 while continuing to lead Holy Spirit School as principal.

Sr. Marie holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Seton Hall University and an M.A. in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University.

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Sister Laura Bezila
began her adult life working as an auditor. After discerning a call from the Lord to serve Him in consecrated life, she entered the Religious Teachers Filippini. She has spent the majority of her ministry at Villa Walsh Academy, where she currently serves as a Theology Instructor. Sister enjoys continuing the mission of St. Lucy Filippini, helping students to grow in their knowledge, love and service of God.




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