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. 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
Br. Benedict Joseph Baldevia, OFS, OFH says, "I am a professed OFS, and I am already practicing a life of being a pilgrim hermit, teaching catechesis in my own little way according to the official catechesis book of the Catholic Church."
Br. Caoimhghin Ingram, OFH say's "Caoimhghin is pronounced "Kevin" and I've lived under the rule of St Francis for 5 years in an Old Catholic association, having no local congregation and wishing to be a friar amongst the people is in process to be confirmed in the Episcopal church, helping with their food ministry, and hoping to be a member of the altar guild, vestry, and acolyte once confirmed."
Br. Columcille Holliday, OFH says, "I was born in Prairie Grove, Arkansas in 1958. I was raised in the Los Angeles area most of my life. I became a Christian in May, 1985. I moved to Red Bluff, California in 1988. I belonged to no denomination for the first six years of my Christian walk. I lived a semi-eremitic life during this period. In 1990 I met the love of my life; and, we were married in February, 1991. I had discovered celtic Christianity between 1985 and 1991 and lived out my semi-eremitic ' monastic' life accordingly. In 1991- 1992 I was led to the Russian Orthodox Church. While I was a member I was living an ever increasingly traditional celtic ch ristian lifestyle. I eventually embraced a fully Celtic practice. As a member of a Celtic Church I fell equally in love with Saint Francis and have considered myself a Celtic Franciscan for many years. Now, as a husband, father, and grandfather as well as a small business owner I am still able to live an eremitic life. I feel that after all these years I have finally come home to the Order of Franciscan Hermits. I look forward to many years of fellowship and growth with everyone in the Order. Peace to all, Brother Columcille ( Michael E. Holliday)."
Br. Marwil Maria Llasos, OFH says, "I started my journey in the Franciscan way of life originally with the Roman Catholic Secular Franciscan Order. I was admitted up to the inquirer stage. When I discerned a call to the consecrated life while remaining a layman, I joined a Dominican secular institute because I did not know of any Franciscan secular institute in my country at that time. Since I learned that I could be a consecrated person while remaining in the lay state by embracing the eremitic life, I discerned the call to be an urban ascetic. A Superior of a Franciscan religious community accepted me and vested me with the hermit’s habit. Now, I am living the life of a Franciscan hermit in the urban setting. My life is devoted to more time of prayer and contemplation. As Franciscan, I am involved in protecting the integrity of creation and promoting peace and goodwill among all God’s children."
Br. Steven Loberg, OFH says, "I was raised a Roman Catholic where I have spent most of my life attending Mass on a regular basis. My prayer forms have focused on the apathetic with a strong interest in meditation and contemplative prayer. I have tried to practice these prayer forms for an hour a day for the past 25 years. I have also had a strong devotion to the rosary, the divine mercy chaplet and the Divine Office. A big part of my spiritual life has been affected by having raised two grown autistic boys that still live with my wife and myself. My family life has taught me a lot about surrender and practicing the “little way” of St. Therese. I tend to be more attracted to the spiritual side than to theology in my readings, while also having a strong interest in social justice and especially with helping the underprivileged. I spent 22 years in the Navy and the wide variety of places that I’ve lived has also contributed to my spirituality as I have seen various forms of spirituality practiced over the years. Since retiring from the Navy in 2011 and permanently settling in the Puget Sound I have worked on grounding my faith more and settling into a church and a community for the long term. With my understanding that God becomes a part of you through the Holy Spirit in confirmation my prayer form focuses on experiencing that spirit in my heart and transforming that experience into compassion for those around me. I also believe in the passage to pray always so I try to stay in that spirit regardless of where I am, as praying is more than just saying words and thinking pious thoughts. I have a strong attraction to the book “The Cloud of Unknowing” and the writings of St. John of the Cross. I try to follow the path of prayer described in “The Cloud.” Finally, I am in the candidacy phase of becoming a Secular Franciscan, OFS and should become a professed member in about a year."
Br. Roger Mattal, OFH says, "I sense God is calling me into a deeper relationship with him through living a profound contemplative life...based upon combining Franciscan spirituality with Carmelite spirituality. I was professed November 1987....into the Third Order of Saint Francis Secular...and served as formation director for three years. I moved from Queens NY to Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania one year ago. I am happily married to Victoria Mattal for the last 12 years. Both my wife and I have turned our modest mobile home into our Hermitage. Since moving to Bloomsburg, I became a member of the Catholic Association of the Friends of The Carmel of Jesus Mary and Joseph... Elysburg, Pennsylvania... I have been profoundly affected by the depth and beauty of the way of life of these Carmelite nuns...My calling is to integrate Franciscan Spirituality with Carmelite Spirituality... Another aspect of my spirituality is that I am member of The Confraternity of Our Lady of Sorrows...and a member of The Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary....also I have a strong calling to work toward Ecumenical Love and Sharing all our Brothers and Sisters that make up the Body of Christ....Sincerely Brother Roger...May God's Holy Angels of Love and Light Bless the Order of Franciscan Hermits...now and forever. Amen"