Order of Saint Francis

A Contemporary Expression of Franciscan Tradition within the Anglican Communion

Brothers

Brotherhood

We are a brotherhood of like-minded men who follow St. Francis’ example as a discipline in service to God. We are an order that exists apostolically: our brothers are embedded in the world with normal lives, rather than enclosed in a monastery. We live in different parts of the world, each with our own individual ministry, based upon the needs of our respective local communities and parishes.

Eternal Order

Br. Nicholas Kis, OSF (1946-2009)
Br. Nicholas passed away on August 3rd, 2009. The Order of St. Francis was founded by Br. Nicholas and he served as Guardian until his death. Originally a Greek Orthodox monk, Br. Nicholas left that order, joined the Episcopal church and became a Franciscan. Through the Order of Saint Francis, he was devoted to ministering to the sick, and he was also active in liturgical roles within his home parish of Christ Church.

The Rt. Rev. Greg H. Rickel, Bishop Visitor

Bishop Greg Rickel is the 8th Bishop of Olympia. The Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is geographically made up of the western third of Washington state running from the peaks of the Cascades to the Pacific Ocean and from Canada to Oregon. Greg was ordained/consecrated bishop on September 15, 2007

Minister General

Br. Zane Young, OSF (Minister General) - Br. Zane resides in the Pacific Northwest. He is employed as a Research Coordinator at Texas Tech University, working in air quality research, and he also teaches Geography online for Cameron University.

Life Professed

Br. Chuck Hannan, OSF - Chuck is a member of Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona. There he serves as a Chalicer, sub-deacon, and Lay Eucharistic Visitor. Chuck also visits the sick and the homebound as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, and serves on Grace St. Paul's Social Services ministry. Chuck also volunteers at Poverello House, a daytime respite center for homeless men in Tucson that was founded by a Franciscan friar.

Br. Rich Atkinson, OSF (Formation Director) - Rich lives in San Rafael, California, which was founded by Franciscans in 1817. He is a member of the Redeemer Episcopal Church, where he is a Eucharistic Minister. His other ministries Include: working at a free dining hall, offering regular services to residents at a local nursing home, and street chaplaincy for the homeless.

Br. Derek Nelson, OSF - Derek is the Assistant Verger for Christ Episcopal Church: Pensacola, where he also assists with the youth of the Church.  Derek is an employee of Izon Models, is active in fitness training, and attends Pensacola Junior College working on an Associate Degree in Drama/Theater.

Br. Mark Jenkins, OSF - Mark currently lives in Tappahannock, VA, in the Diocese of Virginia, and is a member of St. John's Church, Lunenburg Parish, Warsaw. There he serves as acolyte and chalicer. Mark also serves as chalicer at Farnham Church, North Farnham Parish, Farnham, VA. The two parishes make up the Episcopal Churches of Richmond County, VA.

Br. Bill Tarter, OSF, lives in Port Ludlow, WA.   Bill is originally from New Mexico and joined the Franciscans (OFM) in 1971.  He received his solemn vows in 1981 and was ordained a Franciscan Roman priest in 1983.  He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Athenaeum of Ohio and an MA in School Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.  After leaving the Franciscans he worked in hospitals and schools and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  Br Bill was received as an Episcopal priest in August, 2012 and serving as an associate priest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim, WA.

Br. Chuck Runge, OSF - Chuck calls St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dousman, Wisconsin his parish home. In addition to serving in a full-time ministry assisting students with special needs at a local Middle School, he continues to work on other ministries such as: job training activities in Milwaukee; volunteering at the VA Hospital in the Mental Health Ward, Spinal Injury and Intensive Care Units; an art ministry called, 'A Brush with God', which prepares individuals to discern through creative work how God might be speaking to them. 'A Brush with God' has recently been incorporated into a local Women's Rescue Center, to aid women in overcoming previous trauma.

Br. Jim Di Napoli, OSF - Jim currently resides in Rowley, Mass., where he is an active parishioner of St. James: Groveland, serving on the Vestry, parish nursing team, as LEM and Eucharistic Visitor, and in Healing Ministry. A graduate of the University of New York at Albany, he is the clinical director of a home health nursing agency in the Boston area and works with the mentally ill and those with substance issues.

Br. Les Roberts, OSF (Secretary General) - Les is a member of and worships at Trinity Episcopal Church in Elkridge, MD.  He is new to the Baltimore area and is currently exploring the ministry needs of his community. His passion is working with those in jail as a religious mentor and with those who are recently released from jail transitioning back into society.

Br. David Anthony De Verny, OSF - David is a retired priest of the Church of England now living in Dalbeattie, Scotland. He has a special interest in migration issues and works locally and nationally for the welfare of migrant workers and their families.

Br. Alan Spurgeon, OSF - Alan resides in Bonney Lake, WA, and is active within his parish of St. George, Maple Valley as a Eucharistic Minister, Worship Leader and is on the Altar Guild.  His calling to serve includes working with the elderly, assisting the homeless, helping the food bank, support for animal companions and raising two sons.

Br. Jeremy Froyen, OSF – Br. Jeremy lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and currently serves as the Associate Rector of Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church. His ministry has been focused on youth ministry, both with the youth of the parish and at the diocesan level. He is a graduate of the Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in June of 2016. In addition to his Master of Divinity, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church History from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to entering seminary, Br. Jeremy served as a Firefighter/Paramedic for 14 years in both the Memphis (TN) Fire Department and the Collier County (FL) EMS and Fire Department.

Br. Joe Nuber, OSF - Br. Joe lives in Port Townsend, Washington and attends St. Luke Episcopal Church in Sequim, WA. Joe grew up in the Roman Catholic tradition, later becoming a Franciscan brother in the Roman Catholic Church. Eventually he left both the order and the church, however always kept the ideals of Francis in his heart. After retirement from the field of education he moved to Washington State where he also found the Episcopal Church. He works regularly at Just Soup, a free lunch program at St. Paul's in Port Townsend, and also at Soup's On at St. Luke's in Sequim, WA. He tutors children in Math at the local elementary school weekly and serves in the emergency winter shelter.

Professed

Br. Jeff Norris, OSF – Jeff lives in Lansing, IL, and goes to Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Munster, IN. He lead the ‘Good Shepherd’ ministry at Saint Paul. With a lot of help from friends he whip up some grub and feed anyone who walks through the door at the Good Shepherd Mission, no questions asked. He picks up bread at a local store and hands it out to people on the streets. Jeff also work with registered sex offenders. 

Br. Michael Melendez, OSF - Michael serves as a deacon at the Cathedral of St Paul in Boston, MA. His ministries include work with the homeless, provision of pro bono clinical services to those in need, home/hospital visiting with communion. He is professor emeritus of the Simmons College School of Social Work. Currently he is Associate Bureau Director for Behavioral Health for the Boston Public Health Commission. Michael's clinical expertise is addictions, child maltreatment and trauma.

Br. Philip Bentley, OSF - Philip resides in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia and worships at St Paul's Lutheran Church in Mount Isa Queensland. His ministries are chairperson, church elder and in formation for ordination as a Pastor and also continue to work as a high school teacher. Philip holds a PhD from Curtin University, and has recently completed two Graduate Certificates in Philosophy and Theology.

Br. Kevin David Crinks, OSF - Kevin is a formerly professed Tertiary of the Society of St. Francis and works as a parish priest in the north west of England. His parish has a particular ministry to asylum seekers and refugees and Kevin has concern for community relations and has a ministry among those with homelessness issues. Before ordination Kevin was a nurse working in caring for the dying.

Br. Sam Hawk, OSF - Sam lives in Honolulu, Hawaii and is active at the Episcopal Church of St. Clement's, serving there as Eucharistic Minister and chorister. He will soon also be serving in the parish Healing Ministry. He volunteers at the local homeless shelter offering primary care services to those in need, and he recently started his own primary care practice. He feels called to the Healing Ministry and has been very active in spiritual healing, having been trained since a young age.

Br. Steven Vinas-Jamison, OSF - Br Steven attends All Saints Episcopal Church in Indianapolis, IN.  He is a substitute organist in Indianapolis.  He works at Shalom Health Care Center.  He assist people who are in need of health care, health insurance or programs that assist in lowering cost of health care.  He also works with people from all parts of the world and different cultures.

Br. Donald Smith, OSF - Don lives in Hammond IN and attend Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in East Chicago, IN.  He serves as Crucifer, Torchbearer and Acolyte.  Don cooks and serve suppers for those in need at least once a month.  He collects clothes, food and other items for the Good Shepherd Mission.  At the mission we receive a generous load of bread from a local Strack & VanTils grocery store.  Some of the bread is left at the mission the remainder is taken to the housing projects and given away.

Br. Kris Hebble, OSF - Kris attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Elyria, Ohio, where he is a Chorister and a member of the Vestry. He is also head of St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee, and works in the parish food pantry and the community meals program. He holds an MA in history from Cleveland State University.


Br. Robert Rhodes, OSF - Bob lives in Sequim, WA, on the Olympic Peninsula. He was ordained Deacon and Priest in 1979 and retired in 2017. Robert was a volunteer firefighter/EMT for 20 years, has twice served as Chief Officer, and continues responding to emergency calls as an Advanced EMT. He served the American Red Cross in both local and national disasters as a volunteer and Supervisor. Robert and his wife Patricia have twice been involved in medical missions to Dangriga, Belize. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Br. David Rutledge, OSF – Br. David worships at St. James Episcopal Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he co-chairs the Mission & Justice committee.  The committee organizes social outreach ministries including staffing the emergency Winter Shelter, anti-racism activities, mission trips and assisting with a feeding program at a local elementary school called “Power Packs”.  He enjoys "empowering others" for ministry.  Br. David co-leads Evening Prayer on Wednesdays, has organized retreats, helps with adult formation programs and is a Eucharistic Minister.  He is a retired high school counselor and adjunct college professor.

Br. Paul Dahlke, OSF - Paul lives in downtown Seattle, WA with his wife Mary Mac.  He attends St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church and numerous other downtown parishes.  He is currently serving as an Usher, Crucifer, and visiting Eucharistic Minister in his parish. He is also a Software Tester, and has worked for numerous technology companies, both large and small, throughout the years. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Washington State University. Paul also keeps busy supporting his family members with their activities in education and the arts, and he often works with the elderly and companions with people on the streets outside his front door.

Br. Michael Newago, OSF, is the Priest-in-Charge at Christ Episcopal Church, Bayfield, WI, and at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Ashland, WI. Mike was ordained a priest in the Episcopal church in 2017. He concentrates on serving the poor, homeless, and destitute of the parishes in Northern Wisconsin.


Br. Alberto Candelario, OSF - Br Alberto lives in Miami Florida where he attends Saint Thomas and is active within the choir. He volunteers at Camillus House (Homeless Shelter) here in Miami every Saturday, preparing and serving food to over 350 brothers who are homeless and come to Camillus House seeking help. At Vitas Healthcare/Hospice Care Br Alberto ministers to terminally ill patients where he manages a team of 20 healthcare professionals while working with a census of around 80 patients in the Assisted Living Facilities and joined the Clinical Pastoral Education team.
Br. Vaughan, OSF - Br Vaughan, joins us from the Society of Saint Francis where he was a brother for several years. He attends St Martin's in the field in London. Br Vaughan is actively works to help those within the migrant community.

Br. Frank Lawler, OSF - Frank attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tacoma WA. He is attending Faith Lutheran Seminary in pursuit of a Masters of Divinity. Frank was brought up in the Roman Catholic church and became an evangelical Christian in 1981.  He has served as a police officer in New Jersey, a Marine and an Army Reservist. He has completed degrees in Administration of Justice, Political Science and International Relations and a  Doctorate in Chiropractic.  Frank has extensive knowledge and training in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) field.  He is a retired military officer and currently works as a chiropractor at Madigan Army Medical Center.  He has two grown sons and four grandsons.

Br. Barnabas-Francis, OSF – Br. Barney comes to us after testing his vocation for 4 and a half years with the First Order of the Society of Saint Francis. He is attached to the Parish of Saint Barnabas, Bethnal Green in east London, UK where he serves as Sacristan, Altar Server, Parochial Church Council Treasurer, Deanery Synod Rep, and general dogsbody. Outside of church activities Barney is passionate about social justice and tries to live his life according to the Gospel values recorded in Matthew 25: 31 – 46 and is currently working with Brother Vaughan at PRAXIS – a charity helping asylum seekers and refugees as well as alongside the Sisters of Saint Margaret at their homeless outreach in east London.

Novices

Br. Scotland Gallo, OSF - Scotland calls Charlotte, NC his home where he lives with his beloved wife, Elizabeth, and their frisky felines.  He attends The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter where he is a Eucharistic minister & visitor, lector and verger-in-training.  He is a school teacher, an actor in community theatre, and serves homeless and vulnerable people and animals in various outreach programs.

Br. Christopher Jennings, OSF - Chris and his spouse live in Seattle and are parishioners at Trinity Episcopal in Everett, WA. He was baptized and chrismated in the Orthodox Church at 19. He found the Anglican Communion in 2013 and began his Franciscan journey with the OSF soon after. Chris is a mortuary office administrator by day, and his spiritual passions are ministries in LGBT youth activism and Anglo-Orthodox worship.

Br. Auguste Aahadjitse, OSF - Auguste lives in Accra, Ghana. He attends St Anthony Parish and is actively involved with faith formation, care of the needy, drugs addicts and the disenfranchised with San Damiano Institute. He is currently discerning his call to the priesthood.
Br. Luis Enrique Hernandez Rivas, OSF - Luis is a parishioner of Saint John's Episcopal Church, Grand Haven, MI. There he serves the Children and Youth Coordinator, Eucharistic Minister and Eucharistic Visitor. Raised as Roman Catholic, he spent five years in religious life as a Salesian and a Franciscan. He has studies in Philosophy and Education. He is also involved in different Latino Ministry initiatives in Grand Haven area and as a volunteer for the Dominican Development Group and the Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Episcopal Church.

Br. Duncan Eyre, OSF - Duncan lives in Newarkm, NJ. He attends Grace Church and helps out with food pantry and whatever is needed. Duncan assists the chaplains at The Seamans Church Institute which provides spiritual care for sailors both at sea and in port through prayer, mass, providing a listening ear and contacting relatives back home.

Br. Chris McNabb, OSF - Chris was born in Bryn Mawr, PA.  He graduated from La Salle University in 2009.  Since that time, he served as a high school campus minister and theology teacher.  He was a Franciscan Volunteer Minister, working with immigrant communities, those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and those who are incarcerated.  He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in May, 2016 with a Masters of Divinity.  Chris will continue his studies at General Theological Seminary in New York City.

Br. Bill Bales, OSF, - Bill lives in Ohio and is a deacon in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. He is happily married and likes to cook.

Br. Carlos Antonio, OSF - Carlos lives in Miami, Florida. He attended Barry University where he received a doctorate in Education and then received a Masters in Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Carlos was a counselor at Miami-Dade public schools for 14 years.

Br John-Paul Markides, OSF - John-Paul lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Postulants

Sam attends Christ Church Cathedral in Downtown St Louis. He helps serve at Miss Carol's Breakfast on Saturday mornings and leads Saturday Morning Prayer. He serves as an Acolyte and a Eucharistic Minister. He serves on the Communications Committee and handles the Cathedral Facebook page.

Donald is a parishioner of St. Anna's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA. There he serves as the Food Pantry Coordinator, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Usher/Greeter.

Dustin resides in Seattle with his spouse Br. Christopher. Dustin is originally from West Georgia and the Pentecostal faith tradition. Dustin was baptized at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle on Epiphany 2015, and was confirmed in the Spring of 2016. In the working word Dustin is an Optician. His ministries include feeding the Seattle homeless, and LGBT advocacy. Dustin and Br. Chris have two cats, Grandpa & Frankie.

Judson lives in Dallas, TX. He is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Theology through Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. As a member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Judson serves on the Vestry’s Outreach Committee and as a Eucharistic Visitor. He volunteers at Transfiguration’s Food Pantry and serves dinner monthly at the Austin Street Center in downtown Dallas. Judson spends his days as the Coordinator for Pastoral Care at a local Presbyterian church, and his evenings enjoying the outdoors with his boyfriend Leighton, dog Liza, and cat Phyllis.

John is a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tacoma Washington where he serves as Eucharistic minister/Eucharistic visitor, member of his Parish Care Team, and Food Bank.  He seeks God’s discernment in serving the vulnerable and the homeless.

The OSF Advisory Council was formed in 2008 in order to advise the Minister General and the Brothers on certain areas of operations. The individuals which comprise the Advisory Council are selected by the Minister General for their knowledge and expertise in relevant areas, and serve the Order for a specified period of time. The Community-at-large members serve for two year terms and are selected from diverse areas within the various communities where the Order has a presence.