Brother James Twyman, OFH started his Franciscan vocation as an OFM Conventual in 1980. Though he left two years later it was clear that neither Francis nor Clare took notice. "Once they have their hooks in you they never let go," James said, and he has had many opportunities to live out his Franciscan calling ever since. In 1994 a friend gave him a copy of the peace prayers that were prayed in Assisi when Pope John Paul II called the leaders of the twelve major religions together in October of 1986. "As I read each one I could almost hear the music, as if it was coming from the next room," he later said. "I picked up my guitar and played along, and within one hour realized I had put all twelve prayers to music." This led to James being invited to many countries to perform The Peace Concert, often while wars raged. In 1998, for example, he was invited to perform in Baghdad by Saddam Hussein at the same time the US and its allies were preparing for another bombing campaign. He has also been invited to Northern Ireland to play The Prayer of Saint Francis while peace negotiations took place, South Africa, Bosnia, and many other countries.
BrothernJames is also the author of fifteen books, including "The Prayer of Saint Francis" and "The Moses Code", as well as having produced or directed six feature films and producing twelve music CDs. He currently lives on a floating house in Portland, Oregon, embracing an eremitic path, while still traveling to perform peace concerts around the world. In January of 2016 James will travel to Syria to perform a concert and lead a worldwide prayer vigil to help counteract the violence of ISIS.