Religious Brothers Day ~ May 1, 2017

On Monday, May 1, 2017 – the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker – Religious Brothers from the many Orders will celebrate their inaugural Religious Brothers Day.
Religious Brothers, including those from our own province, serve in varied Apostolates. Within our own community, our Friar Brothers serving in North America include:

  • Br. James Moore, OFM Conv. ~ Founder of FrancisCorps, Definitor, Guardian of Post Novitiate Friary (Washington DC)
  • Br. Lawrence LaFlame, OFM Conv. ~ Archbishop Curley High School (Baltimore, MD) Librarian and Attendance Officer
  • Br. Daniel Lutolf, OFM Conv. ~ St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD) Religion Teacher
  • Br. Nicholas Spano, OFM Conv. ~ San Damiano Mission (Brooklyn, NY) Director
  • Br. Michael Duffy, OFM Conv., DNP, ANP-BC ~ Elms College School of Nursing (Chicopee, MA) Accelerated 2nd Degree Program Coordinator, Professor & Faculty Athletic Representative
  • Br. Stephen Merrigan, OFM Conv. ~ Basilica of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr (Chicopee, MA) Bereavement Ministry
  • Br. Joseph Freitag, OFM Conv.Senior Friar Residence Director
  • Br. Nicholas Lorson, OFM Conv. ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Dennis Sokolowski, OFM Conv. ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Hugh Dymski, OFM Conv. ~ Senior Friar Residence Treasurer
  • Br. Stephen Murphy, OFM Conv. ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Douglas McMillan, OFM Conv. ~ Shrine of St. Anthony (Ellicott City, MD) Speaker, Presenter and Spiritual Direction
  • Br. William Surdyka, OFM Conv. ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Kenneth Lucas, OFM Conv. ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Brian Newbigging, OFM Conv. ~ Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company Second Assistant Chief – EMS Chief – Air Packs – Financial Secretary, EMT, Paramedic, The Franciscan Center Inc. Board of Directors Member
  • Br. James Doyle, OFM Conv. ~ Full Time Post Graduate Studies
  • Br. Nicholas Romeo, OFM Conv. ~ St. Francis High School (Athol Springs, NY) Religion Teacher and Campus Minister
  • Br. Frank Grimaldi, OFM Conv. ~ Friary Guardian, Soldiers’ Home (Holyoke, MA) Chaplain
  • br. Colton Rodgers, OFM Conv. ~ friar in Formation serving in a province parish
  • Br. Raymond Sobocinski, OFM Conv. ~ Friary Guardian
  • Br. Andre Picotte, OFM Conv. ~ Creator and Artistic Designer of Franciscan Soy Candles
  • Br. Gerald Seipp, OFM Conv. ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Leonard Katusz, OFM Conv. ~ Provincial House Office Satellite (Rensselaer, NY) Archivist
  • Br. Edward Falsey, OFM Conv. ~ Friary Guardian & Clinical Social Worker
  • Br. James Amrhein, OFM Conv. ~ Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen (Syracuse, NY) Director
  • Br. Tom Purcell, OFM Conv. ~ Friary Guardian, St. Clare Inn Transitional Housing Program for Homeless Women (Toronto, ON) Executive Director
  • Br. David Suckling, OFM Conv. ~ Tobias House Ministry Housing and Support Services (Toronto, ON), Pastoral Care & St. Paul Breakfast Club at St. Bonaventure School & St. Anthony of Padua Mission Aid – Franciscan Centre Board of Directors
  • Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv. ~ Friary Guardian & Postulancy Director
  • br. Timothy Blanchard, OFM Conv. ~ Friar in Formation, Full Time Student
  • br. Emmanuel Wenke, OFM Conv. ~ Friar in Formation, Full Time Student
  • Br. Edward Handy, OFM Conv.  ~ St. Bridget’s (Residence) HIV/AIDS Support Network (Newark, NY) Social Worker
  • Br. Gregory Spuhler, OFM Conv. ~ Post Graduate Studies

If you would like more information on how to become a brother or priest as a friar of Our Lady of the Angels Province, please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv. for more information.