Want to speak with a friar in your area? Contact one of our 25 regional vocation directors! Located at ministries throughout the East Coast and Midwest, our regional vocation directors are here to assist you with the discernment process. Their backgrounds are diverse and their ministries are varied – they work in parish ministry, education and campus ministry, diverse urban ministry centers, direct service to the poor, and other nontraditional ministries. All of them bring something different to our Franciscan fraternity. To be connected with a regional vocation director, contact the Vocation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOCATION MINISTRY, CENTRAL OFFICE – NEW YORK CITY
As a Franciscan brother, I have been blessed to serve in a variety of ministries, in particular higher education ministry for more than 24 years at St. Bonaventure University. I am honored to now serve in the role of Vocation Director for Holy Name Province, where I have the privilege to work with men considering the Franciscan brotherhood. As Franciscans, we see ourselves as brothers to one another, living in community. While some are called to the ordained ministry as priests and others to lay ministry in a variety of roles, we are all brothers first and foremost. It is my sincere pleasure to invite you to consider whether or not God might be calling you to the consecrated life. Is God calling you to be a Franciscan Friar?
A Franciscan enthusiast and active member of Holy Name Province’s urban ministry parish of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City, I am honored to work in support of the Franciscan Vocation Ministry. St. Francis taught that work was both a joy and a privilege, and I am blessed to say that my work with the vocational ministry embodies both ideals. It is a joy to work with such Gospel-centered and authentic people; and it is a great a privilege to assist those discerning consecrated life find God’s calling to them.
REGIONAL VOCATION DIRECTORS
John Aherne, O.F.M. – English – Br. John is rooted at St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, NJ working in Parish Ministry. Br. John has served at several of Holy Name Province’s ministries, including Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, Fla., St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, as well as Albany, N.Y., Medical Center.
Lawrence Anderson, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Larry is rooted at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., where he serves as the director of campus ministry. Fr. Larry has served as parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J., as well as at the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy at Siena College.
William Beaudin, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Bill is rooted at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City, where he serves as a parochial vicar. Before serving at the parish, Fr. Bill served as guardian of St. Bernardine of Siena Friary at Siena College and as a Provincial Councilor for Holy Name Province. He has also worked as a campus minister and chaplain.
Ross Chamberland, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Ross is rooted at St. Bonaventure University, where he serves as the executive director of the Office of Catholic Identity, the director of the Lateran Center Discernment Program, and as an adjunct instructor. Fr. Ross recently earned his doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.
Stephen DeWitt, O.F.M. – English/Spanish – Fr. Stephen is rooted at St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia, where he serves on the administrative team for one of the East Coast’s largest homeless outreach centers. Fr. Stephen previously served as parochial vicar of St. Bonaventure Church in Paterson, N.J., and guardian of the friars based there.
Octavio Duran, O.F.M. – English/Spanish – Br. Octavio is rooted at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J. Octavio serves as the editor-in-chief of the Anthonian magazine as well as the primary photographer and videographer for Holy Name Province. Br. Octavio has an extensive history with communications-based ministries, having worked in radio, print, and online mediums during his career.
Henry Fulmer, O.F.M. – English – Br. Henry is rooted at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, Va., where he serves as pastoral associate, as well as the spiritual assistant to the Secular Franciscan fraternity based there. Before moving to Triangle, Br. Henry served St. Joseph Parish in Anderson, S.C., as a pastoral associate and as the parish life facilitator.
Thomas Gallagher, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Tom is rooted at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Conn., where he serves as pastor, as well as guardian of the friar community. He also serves the Province as a Provincial Councilor. He has previously served as director of novices.
Hugh Hines, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Hugh is rooted at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Fr. Hugh has served as president of Siena College, a high school teacher in Buffalo, N.Y., a parochial vicar and a pastor during his career as a friar. He currently serves as the senior associate friar at St. Anthony Shrine.
Michael Johnson, O.F.M. – English/Spanish – Fr. Michael is rooted at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Fr. Michael has served as guardian and pastor of St. Camillus Friary and Parish, and as the director of the pre-affiliate program at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md.
Stephen Kluge, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Steve is rooted in Raleigh, N.C., where he serves as parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Fr. Steve previously served as guardian and pastor of St. Joseph Friary and Parish in Anderson, S.C., as well as St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Beach Haven, N.J.
Barry Langley, O.F.M. – English/Spanish – Fr. Barry is rooted at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus in Manhattan, NY. Before moving to Holy Name Parish, Fr. Barry served as the associate director of St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. He has also served as chairman of the board of directors for St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., where he also served as pastor of St. Paul Parish. Fr. Barry has a background in law and legal practice.
Anthony LoGalbo, O.F.M. – English – Br. Tony is rooted at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, where he serves as a spiritual mentor and pastoral assistant. Br. Tony has previously served as the guardian and director of post-novitiate formation and as the director of the Center for Franciscan Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Manhattan. Previous to his parish work, Br. Tony served as a professor at St. Bonaventure University.
Stephen Mimnaugh, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Stephen is rooted in New York City, where he serves as the executive director of St. Francis Friends of the Poor, a non-profit organization that provides dignified and humane housing for the homeless. He has also served as a parochial vicar and spiritual director at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Manhattan.
Joseph Nangle, O.F.M. – English/Spanish – Fr. Joe is rooted in Washington D.C., where he serves as associate pastor for Hispanic ministry at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish. He has served as guardian of the friar community at Holy Name College and served as a Provincial Councilor, as well as co-director of the Franciscan Mission Service. He has also served as a representative to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Fr. Joe lives in a unique community at the Clare House, where laypeople and religious come together to live according to the spirit of St. Francis.
Sean O’Brien, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Sean is rooted at Siena College, where he serves as one of the animators of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy. He works with the mentoring program, which pairs disadvantaged youth with Siena students. He has also served as the parochial vicar and director of religious education at Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Fla.
Michael Reyes, O.F.M. – English/Tagalog – Fr. Michael is rooted in New York City, where he is pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts. He previously served as a parochial vicar and minister to the young adults at Sacred Heart Parish and the Catholic Student Association at the University of Tampa in Tampa, FL. Fr. Michael earned his M. Div. at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., while also assisting at St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, Md.
Paul Santoro, O.F.M. – English – Br. Paul is rooted at one of our newest ministry sites in Orlando, St. Joseph Parish and St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. Br. Paul previously served as the engagement specialist at Daybreak Ministries, which is run through St. Peter Claver Church in Macon, Ga., and nine other partner churches in the area. At Daybreak, Br. Paul provided the homeless with hygiene products, health and education opportunities, and job preparation services. Br. Paul has also served as a senior counselor and case manager at Victory Programs in Boston.
Xavier Seubert, O.F.M. – English/German – Fr. Xavier is rooted at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, N.Y. Fr. Xavier has served as guardian of several friaries in addition to his career as a professor of liturgy and sacramental theology. In addition to Christ the King, he has taught at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Washington Theological Union, Siena College, and St. Bonaventure University. Fr. Xavier has also worked extensively with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in regards to their medieval Christian art exhibits and performances.
Kevin Tortorelli, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Kevin is rooted in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before this recent move, Fr. Kevin served as parochial vicar of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Manhattan. Fr. Kevin has also served as the director of adult education at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Manhattan. He taught theology and classics at Siena College, where he also was chaplain of the rugby club.
Juan de la Cruz Turcios, O.F.M. – English/Spanish – Br. Juan is rooted at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is currently studying for his Master of Divinity as he pursues his goal of becoming a priest. He previously served as pastoral associate of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, N.J., where he also served as the spiritual mentor for the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry.
Patrick Tuttle, O.F.M. – English – Fr. Pat is rooted in Greenville, S.C., where he serves as the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish and guardian of the friary. He directs an extensive adult education program and leads the Catholic campus ministry at Furman University. He also serves as the chaplain to St. Francis Downtown Hospital and the City of Greenville Police Department.
Edgardo Zea, O.F.M. – English/Spanish – Br. Edgardo serves as a teacher at Catholic Central High School in Troy, N.Y. He also teaches Spanish at Holy Spirit School in East Greenbush, N.Y. He previously interned at Siena College and with the Franciscan Study Pilgrimage in the Rieti Valley in Assisi, Italy.