Meet the Friars

Welcome!

When you think of a Franciscan, perhaps you have an image St. Francis in the woods with the birds and other creatures. Maybe you think of St. Anthony holding the baby Jesus. I'm sure some of you saw a version of Robin Hood with Friar Tuck among the Merry Men.

And Conventual Friars have something in common with all those images.

We come from all kinds of backgrounds and different parts of the country to follow the poor man from Assisi.

We follow a course of study that has its roots in the academic work of St. Anthony, while keeping Christ close to our hearts.

And we like to have a good time, sharing a meal and a laugh with our fellow friars and whoever happens to be on hand.

Meet some of the Friars of our Province and learn about the work they are doing across the country and around the world. (Some of the photos have additional videos and stories linked to them.)

 

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Friar Bryan Hajovsky professed Solemn Vows August 22, 2014. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2015. Fr. Bryan is serving as campus minister at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, Texas.
Fr. Maurus Hauer, celebrating 98 years of life and 76 years as a Friar in 2015.
Br. Paul Clark is in his second year (as of 2015) as Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing.
Br. Paul Clark is in his second year (as of 2015) as Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing.
Friar Ian Bremar will profess Solemn Vows August 21, 2015.
Friar Ian Bremar professed his Solemn Vows August 21, 2015. He is teaching Spanish  and is the religious education director at Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.
Fr. Paul Faroh prays with a pilgrim at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH. Fr. Paul loves to feed people spiritually as well as by sharing his culinary gifts. Click here for a few of his recipes.
Fr. Paul Faroh prays with a pilgrim at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, OH. Fr. Paul loves to feed people spiritually as well as by sharing his culinary gifts. Click here for a few of his recipes.
Friar Mario Serrano serves as director of campus minister at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. He will be ordained a Transitional Deacon in April 2016.
Friar Mario Serrano was ordained to the priesthood November 4, 2016. He is serving as an associate pastor at St. Joseph University Parish in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Br. Tony Droll is working in Zambia. Read more about his work by clicking here.
Br. Tony Droll is working in Zambia. Read more about his work by clicking here.
Friar Nicholas Wolfla is a canon lawyer and serves currently as Secretary for the Province. He was ordained to the Diaconate on January 18, 2016.
Friar Nicholas Wolfla is a canon lawyer and serves currently as Secretary for the Province. He was ordained to the Diaconate on January 18, 2016.
Fr. Miguel Briseno is the pastor at Mount Carmel Parish/Ysleta Mission in El Paso, Texas. Ysleta Mission is the oldest mission in Texas and the second oldest continually active parish in the US.
Fr. Miguel Briseno is the pastor at Mount Carmel Parish/Ysleta Mission in El Paso, Texas. Ysleta Mission is the oldest mission in Texas and the second oldest continually active parish in the US.
Fr. Chuck Henkle is a chaplain with hospice in Mesilla Valley, New Mexico.
Fr. Chuck Henkle is a chaplain with hospice in Mesilla Valley, New Mexico.