Meet Your Vocation Ministry Team


Want to speak with a friar in your area? Contact one of our 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 vocation@hnp.org.


VOCATION MINISTRY, CENTRAL OFFICE – NEW YORK CITY


Br. Basil Valente, O.F.M., Director of Vocations

Since 2014, Br. Basil has served in the role of Vocation Director for Holy Name Province, where he has the privilege to work with men considering the Franciscan brotherhood. Prior to joining the vocation ministry, Br. Basil taught for more than 24 years at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York.

When it comes to vocations, Br. Basil stresses that “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?”

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Jorge Martins, Office Administrator

Jorge serves as the Office Administrator for the Vocation Office of Holy Name Province and the US-6 OFM Franciscan Vocation Office. With a background in art direction and illustration, Jorge also oversees the design of the various vocation initiatives necessary for the vocation ministry. As a layman, he has a special affection for Franciscan spirituality and its hallmarks of inclusivity, unconditional love, and reverence for creation.

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Regional Vocation Directors


NEW ENGLAND


Br. Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, OFM | Boston

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Br. Javier professed his solemn vows as a friar in 2019 and is studying for his Master of Divinity degree at Boston College in preparation for priesthood.

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Fr. Hugh Hines, OFM | Boston

Languages spoken: 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.

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Br. Anthony LoGalbo, OFM | Boston

Languages spoken: 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.

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Br. Paul Santoro, OFM | Boston

Languages spoken: English

Br. Paul is rooted at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Previously, he served as a pastoral associate at Sts. Peter and Paul in Winter Park, Florida. He also worked in direct service to the poor 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.

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Fr. Michael Johnson, OFM | Hartford, Conn.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Fr. Michael is based at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Connecticut. Previously, he has served at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, as guardian and pastor of St. Camillus Friary and Parish, and as director of the pre-affiliate program at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md.

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UPSTATE NEW YORK — CENTRAL


Fr. Mark Reamer, OFM | Loudonville, N.Y.

Languages spoken: English

A Siena College graduate, Fr. Mark returned to his alma mater in August 2014 to serve as guardian of the friar community and work as the school’s mission officer. Prior to his return to Siena, he served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Raleigh, North Carolina, and associate pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Virginia. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry in pastoral leadership from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

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Br. Tito Serrano, OFM | Loudonville, N.Y.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

After completing his Master of Divinity degree in July 2020, Br. Roberto “Tito” Serrano joined the mission team at Siena College. He works in a variety of departments: sacramental ministry and interfaith outreach with the Chaplain’s Office; academic advising in Athletics; and assisting with programming and mentoring at the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center.

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Fr. Dennis Tamburello, OFM | Loudonville, N.Y.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. Dennis is a professor of religious studies at Siena College, his alma mater. He is a friar-in-residence in one of the dormitories, and also serves as a chaplain at several New York State correctional facilities.

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UPSTATE NEW YORK — WEST


Fr. Ross Chamberland, OFM | Allegany, N.Y.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. Ross is rooted at St. Bonaventure University, where he serves as the associate vice president for student affairs, as well as on faculty in the areas of theology and Franciscan studies. Fr. Ross holds a doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y.

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Br. Angel Vázquez, OFM | Allegany, N.Y.

Languages spoken: English

Br. Angel is a resident minister and the official barber of St. Bonaventure University. In early 2019, he earned a barber license and began working at a barbershop on the north side of Chicago, ministering to the people who sat in his chair – mostly children and the elderly from poor neighborhoods. As part of his yearlong internship before professing solemn vows in 2020, Br. Angel created a barbershop at St. Bonaventure University, where he gives haircuts to students, staff, and other community members.

 

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NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY


Fr. Barry Langley, OFM | New York City

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Fr. Barry has served at parishes in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, and New York, where he is currently a pastoral associate at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Manhattan. He has also served as associate director of St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Fr. Barry has a background in law and legal practice.

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Br. Richard McFeely, OFM | New York City

Languages spoken: English

Br. Richard has served the Province in a variety of roles, from nursing and caring for the elderly friars, to assisting discerners and student friars through formation. He currently serves the poor through his work with St. Francis Breadline and Franciscans Deliver, based at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City.

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Fr. Michael Reyes, OFM | New York City

Languages spoken: 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.

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Fr. John Aherne, OFM | Pompton Lakes, N.J.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. John is rooted at St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, N.J., 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.

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Fr. Frank Critch, OFM | Pompton Lakes, N.J.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. Frank is pastor of St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J. In the past, he served as the director of the Catholic Center at UGA in Athens, Ga. A native of Newfoundland, Canada, he owned a restaurant and worked with youth as a community outreach and family support worker before joining the friars in 2005. Before UGA, Fr. Frank worked in parish ministry at Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Fla., and St. Francis Parish in Triangle, Va. He also served as chaplain for Mount de Sales Academy and assisted at St. Peter Claver Parish in Macon, Ga.

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MID-ATLANTIC


Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM | Philadelphia

Languages spoken: English

Fr. Michael 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. He has worked there since 1987.

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Fr. Ignatius Harding, OFM | Silver Spring, Md.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Soon after he professed solemn vows, Fr. Ignatius moved to Bolivia, where he served in parishes for more than 40 years. He returned to the United States in 2015, where he continued to serve in parishes. He is currently stationed at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Fr. Edgardo Jara, OFM | Triangle, Va.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Fr. Lalo is stationed at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Virginia. Previously, he served at St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring, Maryland. He holds a degree in philosophy and humanities from Costa Rica Catholic University and a Master of Divinity from the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California.

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Fr. John O’Conner, OFM | Triangle, Va.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. John has served the Province in a wide variety of roles, most notably as provincial minister from 2005 to 2014. After his ordination in 1973, he was appointed director of campus ministry at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York. He continued to work with young adults as the Province’s director of formation at Holy Name College from 1982 to 1990. For the next 12 years, he served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Virginia, while also serving on the Province’s finance and real estate committees and working as a Provincial Councilor. After his term as provincial minister ended, he returned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, where he now serves as pastor.

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MIDWEST — CHICAGO


Br. Juan de la Cruz Turcios, OFM | Chicago

Languages spoken: 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.

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THE SOUTH


Fr. Hugh Macsherry, OFM | Durham, N.C.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

As a friar, Fr. Hugh has served in Boston, Massachusetts, and Camden, New Jersey, especially with the Spanish-speaking and deaf communities. He currently ministers at Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina.

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Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM | Durham, N.C.

Languages spoken: English, Polish, Spanish

Fr. Jacek has been ministering for the past 16 years in multicultural parishes with immigrants predominantly from Latin America and Africa. He has managed the parish community organizing and advocacy efforts of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, and has been an advocate for justice, peace, and care for the environment as a member of the animation committee of the Order’s JPIC Office. He is pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina.

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Fr. James Sabak, OFM | Durham, N.C.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. Jim has taught at The Catholic University of America, Franciscan School of Theology, and Providence College. He is the chair of the American Franciscan Liturgical Commission and serves as the convener of the Problems in the Early History of Liturgy Seminar for the North American Academy of Liturgy. Fr. Jim also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He is the director of the Office of Divine Worship in Raleigh, N.C.

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Fr. Casey Cole, OFM | Macon, Ga.

Languages spoken: English

In addition to ministering at St. Peter Claver Parish in Macon, Georgia, Fr. Casey runs a popular YouTube channel, Breaking in the Habit. He is also the author of several books.

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Fr. William McIntyre, OFM | Macon, Ga.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. William has been ministering in parishes for years, serving at locations in Delaware, New York City, Maryland, and North Carolina. He currently serves as pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish in Macon, Georgia, where he has lived since 2015.

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FLORIDA


Rev. Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM | Tampa, Fla.

Languages spoken: English

Br. Henry is one of the Province’s permanent deacons and is rooted at Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Florida. He has worked at parishes throughout the Province, including St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle, Virginia, St. Joseph Parish in Anderson, South Carolina, St. Paul Parish in Delaware, and St. Camillus Parish in Silver Spring.

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Fr. Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM | Tampa, Fla.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. Stephen is pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Fr. Stephen worked for 11 years in New York City, where he was a familiar face at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. He also worked as executive director of St. Francis Friends of the Poor, a non-profit organization that provides dignified and humane housing for the homeless. 

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Fr. John Hogan, OFM | St. Petersburg, Fla.

Languages spoken: English

Fr. John is a member of the retired friar community at St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Florida. Throughout his life as a friar, he worked with discerners and student friars in formation, as well as in urban ministry at places like St. Francis Chapel in Providence, R.I., and St. Anthony Shrine in Boston.

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Fr. Kevin Tortorelli, OFM | St. Petersburg, Fla.

Languages spoken: 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.

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