Br. James La Grutta, OFM
Br. James came to know the Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province through his time as a student at Siena College, where he earned his bachelor's in political science in 2011.
Several years after graduation, Br. James dedicated a year of his life to serving with the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry in Camden, N.J., where he worked throughout 2016.
Br. James is most inspired by the Franciscan friars' direct work with the poor and disenfranchised, particularly in a fraternal setting.
"I have always experienced a strong sense of welcome and compassion when encountering the Franciscan community," says Br. James, "and I have always felt right at home with the friars."