Staff at the Franciscan Institute
Meet Our Staff
Sister Julie Marie Peters, M.S. Marriage & Family Therapy
Director of the Franciscan Institute for Personal & Family Development
Sr. Julie holds an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Wisconsin. In the past, Sister has taught at the Regional Seminary of St John Vianney for sixteen years in Counselling Psychology, Psychology For Ministry, Human Development and Pastoral Counselling Skills. She is currently Director of the Franciscan Institute for Family and Personal Development and is an Authorized Trainer of Common Sense Parent Trainers out of Boystown, Nebraska, USA, and has trained just over two hundred Parent Trainers. These trainers were from a variety of islands including Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada and Curacao.
Sister is a certified Trauma Therapist and is also certified in Neurofeedback. She has conducted workshops, training seminars, and facilitated courses throughout the Caribbean, Guyana and North America on psycho-spiritual topics. She has also co-authored “Parenting for Literacy” which is part of UNESCO’s Leading for Literacy & Numeracy project. “Parenting for Literacy” aims to give training and support to the parents of participating children to achieve a holistic approach to youth education. Her special areas of interest are family, psycho-spiritual development, trauma work, teaching and facilitating peace making processes, and alternative holistic healing.
Margaret Johnston, BA, MSc Child Psychology
Franciscan Institute for Personal & Family Development
Margaret Johnston holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of the West Indies (Cavehill) and a Master of Science in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health from the London Metropolitan University (UK). Since returning to Trinidad, Margaret has worked in her professional capacity with children of all ages at the St. Dominic’s Children’s Home and in several Secondary Schools throughout both Trinidad and Tobago.
She is a trainer for both Boystown’s Common Sense Parenting Programme and the Franciscan Institute’s Parenting for Literacy Programme, is a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC) Trauma Team and is an adjunct Lecturer at Catholic Religious Educational Development Institute (CREDI). Margaret’s work with the Institute takes her throughout Trinidad and Tobago and to Grenada. Her special interest is holistic child and adolescent development, and her passion is music – she is an avid singer, pianist and guitarist, and currently co-ordinates the Youth Choir in her parish.
Most recently she worked with the Ministry of Health, Trinidad & Tobago in the Directorate of Health Policy, Research & Planning developing national policies alongside multiple entities including the UNFPA & PAHO. She has a strong interest in policy-oriented research and implementation, specifically in relation to health systems strengthening. As an administrator, her vision is to integrate and provide services in ways that consider the impact of social determinants and increase the health and well-being of people across all communities.
Sister Cecile St. Remy
Sister Christine Henry SSM ,RN,CNM BScNursing Ed. Reflexologist
Sister Delia Marie Monrose