Meet Meghan Cokeley, Director
As the Director of the Office for the New Evangelization, Meghan’s main responsibility is to guide and support the 200+ Catholic parishes of the Archdiocese in the area of adult faith formation and evangelization. Meghan has a B.A. in Theology and a Master of Theological Studies degree from the University of Notre Dame. She spent three years in doctoral studies in Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute at the Catholic University of America. In 2019, Meghan received the Benemerenti Medal from the Holy Father for her service to the Church. Before coming to Philadelphia in 2012, Meghan served in parish ministry as a Director of Religious Education and Catholic school religion teacher. She was born and raised in Somerville, NJ and is an aunt to seven awesome nieces and nephews.
Fun fact: As a break from ministry, Meghan loves to read classic mystery stories like Sherlock Holmes, the Fr. Brown mysteries and Agatha Christie. She is also an avid bird watcher and bike rider.
Meet Paola Cubides Herrera, Associate Director
As Associate Director, Paola works closely with the Director of the Office for the New Evangelization in all aspects of the office. She oversees a number of the primary initiatives of the office, as well as evangelization ministry within the Hispanic community. Paola was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and in 2002 she traveled to New York City to study English. While studying in New York, she met her husband and moved to Philadelphia where she got married in 2003. She has two sons, Lucas and Oscar. Paola has a B. A. in Business from Externado de Colombia University and earned her Master’s in Sciences of Church Management from Villanova University in 2020. Before coming to the Office for the New Evangelization, Paola served as the Director of Hispanic Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Doylestown, Pa.
Fun fact: Paola enjoys cooking from scratch. Her favorite recipe is making fig jam with the harvest from her backyard trees. She also loves going on long walks on the beach on summer evenings.
Other Members of the Team
Missionary Discipleship Facilitator
Mary Rose Mitchell Papciak
Chair of the Catholic Women’s Conference
ChristLife Network Coordinator