Br. Rick La Pierre, OFH says, "My entire life evolves around my Catholic faith. I always knew I had a calling ever since I was a child but I didn't heed to it for many years. The Holy Spirit led me to the comtemplative life after a series of trials and tribulations. I am self-avowed to a life of piety, poverty, and celibacy. Everything I own fits in a backpack and I have never felt more free, at peace and fulfilled! My days are filled with much prayer and contemplation mainly the rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours and I work a full time humble job. When I lived in Connecticut, I lived very close to a church and attended Mass daily. I live in Arizona now in a small rural town in the Sonoran desert my church is about 15 miles away and I don't own a car so I only attend Mass on Sundays. I hitch a ride with a friend. I rent a room from the same friend. We live on four acres of land, in a valley, surrounded by mountains very secluded, peaceful, beautiful, with downright awe inspiring views perfect for the contemplative life. I enquired into becoming a Brother in a few Holy Orders but was told I was too old. I am 55 and have acquired much wisdom and experience at my age and I knew I would never be truly happy until I fulfilled my calling so I became a hermit, but I truly desired and felt called to be part of a Holy Order. I will be so honored and fullfilled to be able to use the OFH after my name! I am so happy the Holy Spirit led me to the order of Franciscan Hermits!"
Br. Joseph Ortiz, OFH says, "I can't wait to start RCIA classes next September. I'm really wanting to partake of the Eucharist. In the mean time I attend the masses and enjoy the presence of God. I have a great love for Mary and the Saints. I grew up pentecoastal and then became non-denominational. But the Catholic church always intrigued me. I'm a 51yr.old widower and have no formal religious education. Saint Francis of Assis drew me in when I saw the movie Saint Francis starring Bradford Dillman and Dolores Hart who later became a sister of the Poor Clare's. Reading and learning about him, The three things that jump out at me are his Devotion to God/Church, Humility and compassion for the poor. I'm a native New Yorker and currently reside in Brooklyn."
Brother Peter Dungey, OFH is a retired Priest from the Independent Sector Formally of St John the Divine.
Sister Catherine Levison, OFH says, "I am under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and I am a community member of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity which was begun by a Franciscan Monk. Our community has a hermitage for the monastic members and they have a "domestic" branch that I am a member of. Our community wears a habit and a heart Tao.
I am a hermit, called to a hermit's life and have contact with people on the weekends.
I love contemplation, Christian meditation, prayer and Bible reading.
My life is defined by silence and solitude.
My beliefs follow the book, "The Cloud of Unknowing" and my faith is Bible based. I am strongly in favor of Christians from ALL walks of life becoming familiar with I Corinthians chapters one and three and Ephesians chapter four and learning to live as one body and one bride of Christ. We are not divided no more than Christ is divided."
Brother Tobias Caskey, OFH says, "I am a Chaplain/Spiritual Director at a recovery residence that sleeps around one hundred and seventy five men. Through God's grace I also lead a mission, Friends Of Francis, that helps people of need in different ways. I believe and try to live the two most important commandments: Love God with all you are and Love your neighbor as God loves you. I try to the fullest to live the ideals of Francis and the third order of the Franciscans as I believe God's Loving Grace overcomes everything"
Brother Charles Allen, OFH says, "I write on various Biblical and theological topics, including social issues. I am active with my local Catholic parish and with the Rosary Confraternity. Daily prayer and living the Gospel is of the utmost importance to me. I try to embody Pope Saint John Paul II's words, "Your ability to communicate the gospel will depend on your adherence to the faith of the Apostles." In addition to a Catholic educational outreach, I operate a Sacred Heart group which promotes daily prayer, Sacred Heart chaplet, prayers for others and their intentions, praying for the local pastor’s intentions, promoting respect for life and defense of the unborn, promoting respect and reverence for the blessed presence of Christ in the Host, a renewed commitment to Catholic tradition, personal study and devotions."
Sister Trish Agnes, OFH says, "I am a wife, mother, gardener, artist and contemplative with a devotion to St Francis of Assisi. I enjoy working with the poor and lonely as a volunteer and Conference member of my local St Vincent de Paul Society.. and I am a 3rd Order Secular member of the Franciscan Friars of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As a committed Christian, I love our Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart and soul, and seek to follow Him by living a life of holiness in the joy and simplicity of St Francis."