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.

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.

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. Br Zane was made Minister General in 2009.

Life Professed

Br. Rich Atkinson, OSF

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.

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Br. John Huebner, OSF

John is missioner at the Church of the Advocate, a worshipping community of the Diocese of Western North Carolina.  The mission offers a place of community and hope for the homeless, marginalized, and working poor of Asheville, NC.  At the mission, John leads a lectio divina group, gathers and organizes supplies, and is involved in the ministry of healing.  A highlight of his previous formation as a religious brother was a year spent as a co-worker with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity.

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Br. Chuck Hannan, OSF

Formation Director

Br. Chuck lives in Tucson, Arizona and is a member of Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church where he serves as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, is a member of the Social Services Ministry and the Pastoral Care Team. Br. Chuck also volunteers at the St. Andrew's Children's Clinic, a free medical clinic for very poor children living in Mexico, and cooks lunch and practices the "Ministry of Presence" at Tucson Poverello House, a daytime respite center for homeless men that was founded by Franciscan friars.

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Br. Les Roberts, OSF

Secretary General

Br. Les is a member of and worships at Trinity Episcopal Church in Elkridge, MD.  Br. Les' ministry passion is working with those who are recently released from prison or jail transition back into society. He is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Area Aftercare Program (BAAP) in Maryland.

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Br. John Ryan, OSF

Director of Ministries

Br. John is on staff at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church in Shoreline, WA, serving as the Pastoral Associate of the Congregation, and worship leader, serves in healing prayer ministry and feeding the hungry program. He is a former member of O.F.M. and founder of The Order of the Community of the Paraclete. John holds a degree in Philosophy with an additional three years of theological study.  He is a Certified Body, Mind and Spirit Healing Specialist, a practitioner of Therapeutic Touch, and an active member of the American Academy of Bereavement.  He is also a spiritual counselor.

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Br. Sam Hawk, OSF

Br. 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.

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Br. Paul Dahlke, OSF

Br. 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. Alan Spurgeon, OSF

Director of Communications

Br. 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 homeless, helping the food bank, support for animal companions and raising two adopted sons.

Professed

Br. Jeff Norris, OSF

Br. 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. 

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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.

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Br. Duncan Eyre, OSF

Duncan spends his time between Newarkm, NJ and San Bruno, CA. He attends Grace Church and helps out with food pantry and whatever is needed. Duncan has a street ministry and greeting ministry. "I speak with the poor and homeless and give what joy and peace I can. Sometimes it’s helping people get an ID or find a meal. A lot of it is just listening and letting people know God loves them and they matter and are worthy."

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Br. Don Smith, OSF

Br. 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.

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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. 

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Br. Frank Lawler, OSF

Br. Frank attends All Saints Episcopal Church, Beech Island, South Carolina, Dioceses of Upper South Carolina, where he is a Eucharist and Visiting Eucharistic minister. Frank is called to defend human rights, freedom of expression, fight for homeless and refugees, advocate for anti-discrimination, veterans issues, prisoner of conscience and is a international justice supporter. He works with Amnesty International, Southern Law Poverty Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), various Veterans social, and local homeless coalition organizations.  Frank retired after 20+ years as a officer in the Marines and an additional 20 years in military health services.

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Br. Billy Isenor, OSF

Billy resides in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is married to his amazing wife Dana and they have been blessed with two wonderful daughters. Billy serves as a priest in the Edmonton diocese. Currently he is the priest in charge at St. Augustine's Parkland parish.

Novices

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.

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Br. Sam Kincaide, OSF

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.

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Br. Chris McNabb, OSF

Chris was born in Bryn Mawr, PA.  He graduated from La Salle University in 2009.  Br. Chris was ordained a priest in 2017.  He now serves as the Curate for Caritas, Justice & Healing at Trinity Church.  Br. Chris believes deeply in our Christian call to accompany the stranger, visit the imprisoned, and feed the hungry.  He is also completing his third unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, while serving as a Chaplain to the Spanish speaking Medical Clinic at Penn Medicine at Princeton Medical Center.  In his free time, he enjoys taking his recently rescued Labrador Retriever, "Lucky" for long walks.

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Br. Chuck Sowinski, OSF

Chuck attends Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix Arizona, where he was ordained a deacon in 2014. His ministries include assisting people living in transitional housing to include veterans, native american connections,  seniors with disabilities, and those with mental issues.

Postulants

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Allen White

Allen attends St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, where he is blessed to serve his parish as Eucharistic Minister, a teacher of Christian meditation, and a shepherd within the church’s ministry of pastoral care. Allen’s primary ministry is advocacy for the homeless. Today he serves full-time as chaplain of Hope Center Houston; curator of the Saint Francis of Assisi Research Library—the largest library of its kind in Texas; and directs his own small, contemplative prayer ministry known as Nexus Prayer. His wife, Leslie Ann, also works full-time in ministry serving adult women victims of sex and human trafficking. 

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Andrew Jones

Andrew lives in New York city and attends St John in the Village. He is also office manager at Church of the Ascension.

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Brian Sadler

Brian Sadler lives in St. Louis, MO where he attends Christ Church Cathedral and volunteers his time feeding those that are hungry and praying for those that need it. 

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Michael Rudman

Michael Rudman, born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where he has been a member of Saint Thomas's Anglican Church for over forty years. He assists with the Friday Food Ministry, and is a member of the Meditation Prayer Group. He volunteers at the Drop-In in a neighboring Anglican Church, helping to prepare food. He is also a composer, one of the organists at a downtown Roman Catholic Church and, though semi-retired, still teach a few advanced music students.

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Matthew Ryder

Matthew was born and raised in Maine where he raised his daughter Brenna. He now resides in Virginia where he attends Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria and serves as a Volunteer Chaplain at a local hospital. Matthew has worked professionally as a singer, actor and theatre director/educator.  He loves singing at assisted living and memory care communities.  

Eternal Order

Br. Nicholas Kis

(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, caring for animals, and he was also active in liturgical roles within his home parish of Christ Church.

Br. Kris Hebble, OSF

(1983-2018)

Br. Kris passed away on March 29, 2018 surrounded by family. Kris attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Elyria, Ohio, where he was a Chorister and a member of the Vestry. He also headed St. Andrew’s Outreach Committee, worked in the parish food pantry, and the community meals program. He held an MA in history from Cleveland State University. Br Kris was made a postulant in 2013, took his professed vows in 2016 and became life professed in 2018.

"My calling is to serve God in any capacity that I am able, and to love all of those with whom I come in contact. In God's mercy, they have allowed me to be on this wonderful path of the OSF, which has helped me not only grow as a person and allowed me to be the true person I am, but also to magnify the love of God within me, so that I am overcome with desire to spread this love. Every interaction, every conversation , I am able to share this love with the world"

 

"My life is service, and my language is love. I will follow this path in what ever capacity you deem right, my Brothers, you are my guides and companions. God bless you all, and I send my love."
 

Vicars

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The Rev. Bob Lambert

Chaplain

We are honored to have the Rev. Bob Lambert serving as our current chaplain. Bob is retired from the Diocese of Wisconsin.

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