Religious Brothers Day ~ May 1, 2019

On Monday, May 1, 2019 – the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker – Religious Brothers from the many Orders will celebrate their 3rd Annual Religious Brothers Day. Religious Brothers, including those from our own province, serve in varied Apostolates. Last year, in celebration of Religious Brothers Day, Our Lady of the Angels province friar, Br. Emmanuel Wenke, OFM Conv. presented a reflection to the students of Archbishop Curley to whom he serves as a Theology Instructor. (Listen Here) In addition, in 2018 several of our Friar Brothers presented individual written reflections. (Read Here)

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Within our own community, our Friar Brothers serving in North America include:

  • Br. Stephen Merrigan, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Dennis Sokolowski, OFM Conv. 
  • ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Edward Handy, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident (recently retired Social Worker)
  • Br. James Amrhein, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Nicholas Lorson, OFM Conv. 
    ~
    Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Hugh Dymski, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friar Residence Treasurer
  • Br. Raymond Sobocinski, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Friary Guardian
  • Br. Andre Picotte, OFM Conv.
    ~ Creator and Artistic Designer of Franciscan Soy Candles
  • Br. James Moore, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Founder of FrancisCorps, Friary Guardian & Senior Friars Commission
  • Br. Tom Purcell, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian, St. Clare Inn Executive Director
  • Br. Brian Newbigging, OFM Conv.
    ~ Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company – Paramedic & Chief
  • Br. Douglas McMillan, OFM Conv.
    ~ Shrine of St. Anthony – Speaker, Presenter and Spiritual Direction
  • Br. Gerald Seipp, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian & Senior Friar Director
  • Br. Edward Falsey, OFM Conv.
    ~
    Friary Guardian, Psychotherapist & FAN Director of Franciscan Solidarity Tables
  • Br. Kenneth Lucas, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. James Doyle, OFM Conv.
    ~
    Buffalo Public School’s Adult Learning – ESL, GED & ABE Instructor
  • Br. Stephen Murphy, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Michael Duffy, OFM Conv., DNP, ANP-BC
    ~ Friary Guardian, Regent of Studies, Elms College School of Nursing – Professor & Faculty Athletic Representative and founder of CaRe vaN
  • Br. Lawrence LaFlame, OFM Conv.
    ~ Archbishop Curley High School – Philosophy Instructor
  • Br. Dan Geary, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friars Assistant & Fr. Justin Rosary Hour Chaplain
  • Br. Frank Grimaldi, OFM Conv
    ~ Definitor, Friary Guardian
  • Br. Joseph Freitag, OFM Conv. 
    Senior Friar Care
  • Br. Gregory Spuhler, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen Director
  • Br. Daniel Lutolf, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian, St. Frances Academy – Religion Instructor & Campus Minister
  • Br. Nicholas Romeo, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian, Archbishop Curley High School – Theology Instructor
  • Br. Emmanuel Wenke, OFM Conv.
    Archbishop Curley High School – Theology Instructor
  • Br. Vincent Vivian, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Healthcare Assistance
  • br. Timothy Blanchard, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Friar in Formation, Full Time Student
  • br. Alejandro María Arias Mosquera, OFM Conv.
    ~
    Friar in Formation, Full Time Student

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.