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Meet Our Directors

Ms. Leigh Moran – School Director

Leigh Moran joins with a sense of humor, flexibility and over 25 years of extensive childcare experience. A graduate of Slippery Rock University, her first daycare job was as an aide while earning her Baccalaureate degree in Parks & Recreation.

Throughout her career, she has taught PreK 3 & 4 classes, toddlers and youth gym classes all while working in local preschools. During COVID, she was a pod teacher for local families, who were looking for much needed assistance in their home setting.

Leigh found her way to Saint Miriam School after COVID, where she first began as a floater, then as our PreK 4’s teacher. During this time, she was asked to continue her career as Co-Director along with Brother Sean.

Leigh’s favorite thing about working in childcare is seeing the daily changes as the children grow and develop in all aspects of life and successfully navigate the world around them. Weekly, Leigh is in a classroom reading, helping or just visiting and getting to know the children.

Leigh and her husband reside in Glenside with their three rescue cats. She is looking forward to being a first-time grandmother in the fall.

Brother Friar Sean R. Hall, OSF, LSW, Co-Director

Friar Sean Hall is a Professed Franciscan and also a Licensed Social Worker with extensive experience working with children in all forms of crisis. He serves as our Co-Director of Schools, and Director of Religious Education (DRE) Programming for Saint Miriam Parish. Brother Sean enjoys being an active teacher with our Children’s Faith Formation (CFF) and KidsLife Programs, and serves on the Board of Saint Miriam Academy where he acts as a liaison between the School and Parish Boards. Sean leads our Garden Guild in keeping our campus beautiful! Sean has worked for United Healthcare, Optum Health, KidsPeace Hospital for Children in Crisis in Orefield, PA and for the Washington, DC Government in Children and Youth, Homestretch, IONA Senior Services, and hospital-based social work and case management offices. He also does family and individual therapy. Sean works closely with our parish ministry team and pastor to develop Educational Curriculum for Saint Miriam, and each month, he brings his social work and therapeutic skills to help parents in need of some additional support. Sean works with our Associate Pastor to assist in Outreach and assists in maintaining records for Union Cemetery of Whitemarsh at Saint Miriam. Sean resides at our Friary in Flourtown, PA with his Golden Retriever, Friar!

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(The Reverend) Father William S. “Father Liam” Murphy Jr., Associate Pastor

Father Liam Murphy joins Saint Miriam as our Associate Pastor. Father Liam grew up in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia. He attended St. Timothy Grade School and Fr. Judge High School before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in 1982.

Father was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1990 and immediately began working with the Hispanic population in parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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In 1999, Father was assigned to open a mission in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, serving as Pastor of Nuestra Senora del Carmen Parish and establishing a Summer Formation Program for seminarians to learn Spanish and immerse themselves in the culture.

Upon his return, Father Liam served as Pastor for eight years at St. Patrick Parish in Norristown and then for four years at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in West Grove.

In 2015, along with another priest, Father Liam opened a “storefront church” called Mother of Mercy House, in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. This site served as the Church’s presence in an area where all the parishes had closed. The ministry reached out to the poor, underprivileged, homeless and immigrants in the area.

While loving his ministry, Father Liam always felt a pull towards reaching out to those who felt rejected by or left out of the Church. He felt drawn towards the LGBTQ+ community, to those who were remarried and others who longed for communion with God and the Church, but were barred from God’s table. His desire was to truly welcome all to the Table of the Lord so that they could feast on Love and be nourished by Love in order to discover themselves as truly loved and as part of the Family of God. Then they could put their own gifts at the service of the People of God. After years of struggle and prayer, Father Liam discovered he could best answer this divine pull by ministering at a wonderful, all-inclusive place like Saint Miriam Parish Community.

Father Liam enjoys reading theology and spirituality. Some of his favorite writers/thinkers are Teilhard de Chardin, Ilia Delio, Richard Rohr, Gerard Lohfink, and Brian McLaren. He also enjoys a good novel.

Father Liam also relaxes by playing piano, talking walks in the city and enjoying the company of good friends.

Ms. Lauren Murray – Curriculum & Communications Coordinator

Lauren Murray serves as Curriculum & Communications Coordinator for Saint Miriam School and leads our STEAMM Educational Programs. In her capacity she assists our School Director and provides oversight as Group Supervisor.

Lauren studied Elementary Education at Penn State University. She received Masters Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton and as a Reading Specialist from Chestnut Hill College. Lauren has taught for over a decade in various settings and grade levels including K-2, middle school and higher education. She has also worked as a student teacher supervisor and adjunct professor in Elementary Education at Chestnut Hill College and Temple University.

Lauren’s favorite job is being mom to Silas (Saint Miriam School PreK graduate!), Bailey (PreK4) and Rosie (IB3).

Lauren joined Saint Miriam as the STEAMM teacher in December 2022 and while continuing this role, will now be providing additional support to our director and staff.

(The Right Reverend Doctor) Monsignor James Michael St. George, Pastor, NTh.D, OSF, OCR, MS, MDiv, B.C.E.T.S.

Monsignor serves as Pastor of Saint Miriam and is a professed Franciscan. Father also currently serves as Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Bernard Clairvaux. Father was ordained and consecrated a Bishop on Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter, Year A, June 7th, 2014. Father is a Seated Member of the The Archdiocesan Council, this Council is the equivalent to the US House of Bishops. He had been Bishop-Elect for the Diocese since 2013 wherein he requested of His Grace, the Presiding Bishop, to remain a functioning pastor of his parish, even after his consecration to Bishop. Father believes the best way for him to continue his work as a Franciscan, and the work of the Petrine Ministry, is by his remaining an active pastor. Father completed his work toward the Novitiate for the Franciscans, Order of Saint Francis, Old Catholic (OSF), professing his Vows in June 2013.

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Father Jim was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of Ruth St George and the late Alton and . He has one sister, Andrea, who lives in their hometown with her husband, Glenn, and two children, Matthew and Stephen. Father graduated from college and became a licensed Funeral Director and returned to help run the family funeral home before going back to college to attend formal seminary in Washington, DC. In addition to his prior funeral and business professional experience, his career has allowed him to serve as a youth pastor, nursing home and hospice chaplain, and as a Certified Trauma Chaplain covering primarily trauma and triage emergency services. Father Jim served as a Trauma/Triage Chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital, a nationally recognized trauma and medical center in Allentown for seven years, the joining the Pastoral Care Team at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia before becoming Pastor at Saint Miriam.

In addition to his serving as a Pastor, Father has served as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at two Philadelphia area universities teaching in the areas of Ethics, World Religions, Philosophy, Introduction to Bible, Religion and Culture, Catholic Theology and Urban Studies and Justice. Father Jim has served on the Adjunct Staff for Community College of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, University of Phoenix, and has lectured at The University of Pennsylvania and various churches and inter-faith groups in the Philadelphia region. 

Father Jim is an alum of Gannon University, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Howard University, Howard University School of Divinity, and completed additional course study and received certifications at Virginia Theological Seminary, Catholic University, St. Louis University, Canterbury Cathedral International Studies Centre, the Benedictine Abbaye Notre-Dame du Bec in Le Bc Hellouin, Normandy France, once the most influential abbeys in the Anglo-Norman kingdom of the twelfth century, Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA, and Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, in Residency within Clinical Pastoral Education. Prior to attending seminary, he was also certified as an eye enucleationist and has worked extensively with transplant patients, living donors, and their families.

Father Jim was a Member of the American Academy of Experts of Traumatic Stress, where he maintained his Certification in Trauma Chaplaincy and as an Expert in Traumatic Stress. He also has been awarded the designation of Diplomate, in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He is also listed in The National Registry, The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management and was a Member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Father was also a member of the Order of Corporate Reunion under its founder, the late Bishop Peter Brennan.

Father earned his Doctor of Theology (NTh.D) from The New Theology School and serves as their Professor of Old Catholic Theology. He also published a collection of writings in a new book in 2022. Father is also a member of the Advisory Board for Clergy United Against the Death Penalty. 

Father is an avid CrossFitter and supports the work of Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue in honor of his own Goldens, Tucker, Friar, and Bailey, and Kipper! Father resides with his wife, Katelyn, and their two sons, Jameson and Caleb.

Mrs. Katelyn St. George, BSN, RN – School Nurse

Katelyn St. George is a Licensed Registered Nurse and serves as our Nurse two days each week. Kate works full time at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the Emergency Department. She graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and has been caring for kids ever since! She is PALS and BLS certified by the American Heart Association, and is working toward becoming a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse.

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