Br. Rick Mathis, OFH says, "I was born in a small farming community in south Florida where I attended the local Methodist church and attended the local Baptist run high school. I have had a rather eclectic work life over the years, from a radio announcer to a crime scene investigator to a facilities manager. I began questioning my Protestant faith while still in high school in the 70’s after being introduced to the lives of the saints, especially St. Francis of Assisi and St. John of the Cross (whose name I took upon joining the Catholic Church). I credit them, along with our Holy Mother, with leading me on my faith journey. It was not a quick trek as I was not received into the church until 1995. However, since that time I have attempted to study the faith, especially the writings of the saints. I have also recently moved to the Santa Fe area in New Mexico, yet I am not sure if this is the final landing spot that God has in store for me. Although there have certainly been the ups and downs in my walk with Christ, in the last few years I have been drawn to a lifestyle which includes long segments of solitude,prayer and study, while still allowing for my social justice work. I am still seeking God’s direction in how this will ultimately play out. In the meantime, I continue to pray for guidance."
Br. Robert Wheeler, OFH says he "is a retired licensed minister and a Board Certified Biblical Counselor. He works with alcoholics and drug addicts, the sick, imprisoned, and all those who suffer, as Our Lord places them in his path. If you feel that you need assistance in your walk with Christ, or life issues, please contact Br. Robert at: firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be happy to assist you or refer you to the proper resource.
Robert Wheeler also works with indigenous ministers around the world. We provide prayer, encouragement, native language Bibles......both written and audio, and other items as requested...as the Lord provides for us to do so."
Br. Colin Morais, OFH says, "I was born in Malaysia but have lived in England and Australia before coming to New Zealand. My interests in the past have included singing and playing the jazz saxophone and trumpet at intermediate level. I have done Elvis Presley and to a lesser extent as Frank Sinatra impersonations at corporate functions and parties. Although my mother wanted me to get married she used to occasionally wish that I was a religious. I "hated" it whenever she said that because it used to throw me off balance for months at a time whenever she expressed such aspirations for me. I loved the music circuit I was into. After struggling with her lofty spiritual ambitions for me and what I perceived to be God's support for her , I came to the conclusion that her heartfelt desire, was also God's "highest plan" for me. So I embarked on my spiritual quest about 7 years ago. When my family passed away over the next few years, I felt lonely but avoided looking for the company of friends and clubs because I wanted to grieve and pray for their souls. Surprisingly, I found the solitary life enticing and peaceful. I began to feel the increasing presence of the Holy Spirit in my daily life and began to feel a growing sense of belonging and love that transcended even the love of family. It was purer and sweeter than the possessive and sometimes insecure love I used to feel when I was in love with a member of the opposite sex. I did not realize that I was living the life of a hermit! Friends feel concerned for me.but I feel concerned and sorry for them! I was in love with God! Then I discovered OFH! I have a 'Post Graduate Diploma' in Commerce, a Diploma in 'Business Studies', and another 'Higher Diploma' in Accounting. I am self employed now. "
Br. John Anderson, OFH - "My name is John Anderson, I have been married for 32 years and we have 8 children and 9 grandchildren. I consider myself an ecumenical Catholic. I have always had a love of St. Francis, at first because of his love of animals then as I came to know him, for his devotion to Christ.
Being a member of the Order of Franciscan Hermits I feel that I have found my spiritual family.
Thank you for welcoming me into your order. "
Sr. Jeanne Rabe Tysinger, OFH, 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.
Sr. Jeanne passed away May 25, 2018... May She Rest in Peace and her family find Comfort in the Lord.
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 passed away on September 30, 2018 - May He Rest in Peace +
From his Obituary... "My life has been complete… I have enjoyed the company of loving family members and good friends throughout the years. I ask that you not be saddened by my passing, but that you rejoice and enjoy the fond memories we have shared. Until we meet again, I pray that God will bless you with good health, long life, and peace.”~ Albert Cioffoletti
Albert (Al, Brother, Uncle Brud) 78 of New Rochelle NY, followed his heart to God, passing on September 30, 2018. He was born on September 14, 1940 and was the beloved Son of the late Albert Sr & Edith Cioffoletti . Al retired from New Rochelle Hospital after 35 years as a Registered Nurse. He then continued his passion working at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck NY and then retired his scrubs full-time after spreading more care and love at North General Hospital in Harlem NY. Al graced all of us with his daily blessings. His compassion to help everyone in need and his devotion to his faith was never ending. We are sure that he earned the biggest pair of Angel Wings. He leaves behind his sister Catherine Anderson, Sister -in – Law Lori Cioffoletti and his devoted best friend Angelo “Cookie” Perri, a host of Cousins, Nephews , Nieces and Godchildren who were all equally special to him. He is predeceased by his Brothers Michael and John.
From his OFH Bio... "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 Francis 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 in 'caring for the sick' ... recently have become interested in the Franciscan Hermit religious concept."