Sr. Jeanne Rabe Tysinger, OHF, Grew up in Virginia, USA. Educated to be a teacher of persons with special needs. Married and had two children. The second, seriously ill,, passed in 1989.. She was baptized Catholic in 1952 and attended mass regularly until her faith was emotionally challenged in her youth. An overwhelming spiritual experience has led Sr. Jeanne back to accepting Jesus Christ, in Whole Body, as Our Redeemer. St. Francis, and many other saints were her reason for seeking a contemplative prayer as a model for sanctification.
Br. Robert Villamor, OFH says, "Born in Manila, Philippines to a staunchly Catholic family, I was educated by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Augustinians and the Dominicans. After spending some time as a pre-novice with the Dominicans, I eventually took up Psychology and Medicine. However, God had different plans for me and I wound up eventually doing work for the international humanitarian community in various places worldwide. I fell away from the Church for a couple of years, but through God’s grace, found my way back.
St. Francis’ great love for God manifested through his love for all of creation, along with the balanced contemplative lifestyle espoused by St. Benedict in his Rule and the assiduous and methodical Dominican approach towards explaining the Catholic faith, have all defined me as a Catholic Christian. I find the melding of the contemplative life amid living in the world via the Franciscan charism in the OFH to be a good balance between my spiritual and secular life.
Sr. Victoria Pendleton, OFH says, "A little about myself... I was born and raised a Catholic in England. Graduated from an all girls Catholic school. I did fall away from the church for a while but returned home to the Catholic faith eventually. I moved to the US, living in Alaska for ten years then moving on to sunny Arizona...which is my current residence :) I have a deep love and respect for Saint Francis and Saint Clare. I was initially drawn to St Francis because of his love of animals, but then discovered there was so much more to him than just that...his charity, humility, love, peace, simplicity and compassion."
Br. Daniel Klementy, SFESR, OFH says, "My Hermitage is named after Blessed Jacopa de' Settesoli. I am a priest and semi-hermit monk in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession, and I'm originally from Russia. I've lived in the Holy Land (Israel) for 10 years. Our Church has Apostolic Succession from the Old Catholic Church of Portugal (Sua Eminentia Mons. Antonio Jose de Raposa, Archbishop of Mafra). I was born 15.11.1975 in Chisinau MSSR. In 1991, I immigrated to Israel. 1996-1998 - Institute of RCC Retisbonsky. 1995-2006, I worked in a psycho-geriatric hospice in palliative medicine as a nurse. In 2006, I entered the Ecumenical Fraternity of St. Francis (SFES). From 2006 - 2009, I was a translator in the study of the Pontificate of the Holy Father Pius XII + (dix Pacelli) Sister Margaret Marchionne, PhD, as well as writing for the site of the Vicariate of St. Jacob the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. 2006-2013 I served as assistant rector of the Church of Holy Saint Stephen. 2012 - received a private consecration in the monastic life and in 2014 was ordained a deacon and then a priest ELC for the Ecumenical Fraternity of St. Francis in the Holy Land and the Parish of Blessed Yakkoppy de Settesolli. As a monk in the world, I live a life of prayer and I'm open to receiving prayer requests."
Br. Albert Cioffoletti, OFH says, "I am a 'retired registered nurse' with advanced degrees in (MA) Religious Studies from St. Joseph College-Seminary, Yonkers, NY. Born & raised in the Roman Catholic tradition; I am an active member of Blessed Sacrament Church, New Rochelle, NY. I have been a 'son' of Saint France since High School (joined the SFO 1957; later entered the Franciscan Brothers of the Poor (CFP) as a novice 1968). Returned to 'secular life' in 1968 and entered the 'nursing field' to use my talents is 'caring for the sick' ... recently have become interested in the Franciscan Hermit religious concept."
Br. Matt Pepple, OFH says, "I was recently ordained a Priest through the Celtic Anabaptist Communion. A life of prayer, preaching and penance is what attracts me to St. Francis. I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my wife of 3 years and am 31 years old. "
Br. Gerry Fagan, OFH lives in Ireland. He has spent forty years studying and working in Pastoral Care and in Education. He studied with the Dominican Order and holds qualifications from a number of colleges in Ireland, including Maynooth University, D.C.U. and All Hallows College. He spent two years under the supervision of the famous Dr. Jack Gibson F.R.C.S.I., D.T.M.H., in supervised practice as a clinical hypnotherapist. He has an ongoing interest in the convergence of Christian spirituality, counselling, holistic personal development and mindfulness in Pastoral Care. He is married with four grown children. He plays an active part on the Board of NEWMONASTICISMSIRELAND.COM and is an Associate of Glenstal Abbey (Benedictine).
Br. Paolo Santos, OFH says, "I am Paolo F. Santos and I live in the Philippines I'm 39 years old. My parish Church is St Anthony Mary Zaccria. I love St. Francis because he loved Christ endlessly, his love of the poor, and he left his riches to serve God."
Sr. Linda Fawkes, OFH says, "I am a Catholic Convert of 14 years and asked Jesus into my life 40 years ago! I have always been inspired by St. Francis. I went to Assisi on a pilgrimage and spend my time supporting others in Christian groups! I am a wife, mother and Grandmother!
Jesus is FIRST IN MY LIFE and I seek to walk in His ways and take His Gospel wherever I go!"
Sr. Piaa of Jesus, OFH says, "i am 'mother' and guardian of Starshine Celestial Hermitage, literally my 'love child' with the Heavenly Father to Grace Upon the Humanity of Planet Earth!
Womb of Heaven ~ Tomb of Earth, Oh Font of Holy Trinity . . . Wedding Chamber of Eternity Amen, Amen, Amen
Thy Sweet Peace and Healing Beauty Oh Lord Come Upon and Transfigure the Earth As It Is In Heaven.
Thy Garden of Eternal Life ~ Thy Love Incarnate Be Restored Forever and Ever. AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, ALLELUIA.
At 9800', in the aspen-meadowed, forested Sangre de Cristo Moutains of Angel Fire. Starshine's dedication before heaven was August 15, 1989; i moved into Starshine on June 21, 1991. i guess one could say my vocation is that of a 'desert mother on the mountaintop'! i have tried during these 25 yrs+ to be a faithful "beloved" at our Lord's request to "stay with Him" in consolation, adoration, reparation and prayer given to the anchoring and restoration of His Garden and Glory upon Planet Earth. i pray in the spirituality of both a 'mother of mercy' at the Foot of the Cross (in private vows since the late 70's.) and 'an angel in the tomb of resurrection', my spiritual history is in many ways saturated throughout by a devotion to dear Francis and Clare. In secular profession: i was classical cellist and private teacher specializing in chamber music and the solo Bach suites formed most especially and gratefully by loving angelic counselors! It was through their faithful loving guidance that my awareness was opened to the heavenly mystery of pure tone and dedication to the healing action of a pure and free overtonal resonance and its sacred, harmonic service to glorifying God.
“The Resonance of God, the Psalmody of Eternal Life, Tuning the Ear to Beatific Vision, to Beatific Audience. Journeying to the Throne of God through Sound.” Gloria in Excelsis Deo! As it was in the beginning Now and Forever Shall Be. . .
Sincerely Before Our Lord's Beautiful Gaze and Tender Countenance, piaa