The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory

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The Brothers

Richard Thomas Biernacki

Richard Thomas Biernacki is Founder and Minister General of the Brotherhood. He serves as Organist-Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, South River, New Jersey, and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Shrewsbury. He is an honorary canon of the Diocese of Honduras and a Knight Commander in the Orthodox Knights of St. John, Russian Grand Priory. He is also a former President of the Monmouth County Branch of The English Speaking Union, USA and is a member and recording secretary of the Garden Club of Fair Haven, New Jersey.

John Nidecker

John Nidecker (Born March 30, 1913; Professed November 22, 1976; Died June 20, 1988), a retired White House staffer, was a tireless servant in the church and the Brotherhood. He was formative in the creation of the Vestment Exchange, The Servant, and in the educational program of the community. He served at Saint Anne’ s, Damascus, Maryland.

James Teets

James Teets is the Brotherhood’s Treasurer and Director of Public Relations and also serves as Master of Ceremonies. He made his First Profession of Vows in 1977. He assists at Saint James’ Fordham, the Bronx, as well as holding the position of Deputy Inspector of Elections for the Diocese of New York. He is an honorary canon of the Dioceses of Honduras and Liberia, an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, and member of the Board of Managers of the Bible and Common Prayer Book Society of The Episcopal Church. After serving for almost 24 years at the Episcopal Church Center in New York City on the staffs of three Presiding Bishops, he retired at the end of 2009. His career was in the field of missiology.

Luke Anthony Nowicki

Luke Anthony Nowicki is a member of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and sometimes leads Quiet Days, assists with Tuesday Evening Prayer and at times leads Bible Study.

John Peter Clark

John Peter Clark (Born March 28, 1950; Professed September 13, 1981; Died February 25 1994) served the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City for many years as verger. He was employed as a social worker for the City of New York.

William Francis Jones

William Francis Jones co-founded and served as first “Guardian” of Fessenden House in 1995, and he is part of the residential staff there. Now semi-retired, he is the compiler for the Morehouse liturgical calendars.  He is a member of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York City.

Thomas Joseph Ross

Thomas Joseph Ross (Born July 5, 1943; Professed January 2, 1982; Died December 18, 2001) served as Minister Provincial of Province 5, as a Deacon in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, and as an accounting officer for Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati.

Tobias Stanislas Haller

Tobias Stanislas Haller is Vicar of Saint James’ Fordham, the Bronx. He is an Officer of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, Deputy to General Convention, and Secretary of the A050 Study of Marriage Task Force. He serves the Brotherhood as Publications Coordinator and as the Religion and Culture Book Review Editor for the Anglican Theological Review. Also an iconographer, composer, and writer, his book, Reasonable and Holy, was published in March 2009 by Seabury Books, and he is at present working on the revision of The Episcopal Handbook. He served on the Anglican Communion’s Continuing Indaba and Mutual Listening Process Reference Group from 2008-2013.

William Bunting

William Bunting (Born March 25, 1931; Professed September 12, 1982; Died October 12, 1988) was a long-time member of St. Andrew’s, the Bronx. He served as the Minister Provincial for Province 2. He was a career employee at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Edward Munro

Edward Munro, Minister Provincial for Province 3, retired at the end of 2004 from his service as Episcopal Port Chaplain in Baltimore, Maryland. He serves as Deacon at Saint Philip’s in Annapolis, Maryland, as a Jubilee Ministry Site Visitor, and on the Steering Committee of Interfaith Worker Justice of Maryland.

Charles Kramer

Charles Kramer (Born May 25, 1935; Professed September 16, 1984; Died October 23, 2006) was first linked with the Brotherhood as a Companion (Associate) and later entered the community as a brother. Charles retired from a finance career in the mid-90’s and devoted his retirement to a variety of interests including parish work at Saint Matthew’s, Woodhaven, Long Island, and leadership in the fraternity of the Masons.

Bernard Fessenden

Bernard Fessenden (Born November 12, 1946; Professed March 9, 1985; Died August 10, 1993) is remembered in the ongoing work of Fessenden Recovery Ministry, a residential facility for men in recovery. He served at the Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Bowdoin Street, Boston.

Donovan Aidan Bowley

Donovan Aidan Bowley retired from the Drinking Water Program of the Department of Environment Protection in Massachusetts and now lives in Maine, where he is an active member of Saint Thomas, Camden. He is involved with EFM, intercessory prayer, parish hospitality, and outreach.

Edward Riley

Edward Riley (Born March 5, 1940; Professed March 12, 1988; Died September 15, 2005) was the first priest to join the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory. He served in Europe and the Diocese of Chicago, and as a member of the Brotherhood Council and as Director of Education. After retiring from parish ministry he continued to work as a pastoral counselor.

Christopher Stephen Jenks

Christopher Stephen Jenks is the Executive Director of Fessenden House, a group home in Yonkers, New York, for men in recovery from severe drug and alcohol addiction who are also dealing with severe medical problems and/or psychiatric disorders. He serves at Christ Church, Bronxville.

Ciarán Anthony DellaFera

Ciarán Anthony DellaFera is a family medicine physician and the Assistant Director of Medical Information Systems at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Ciarán specializes in full-spectrum family medicine for urban under-served populations with a special interest in LGBTQ medicine and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Ciarán is a former IBM Distinguished Engineer, a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and serves as a technology tactic team leader for Family Medicine for America's Health. He lives in Cambridge, and worships and serves at the altar at Church of the Advent, Boston.

Damian-Curtis Kellum

Damian-Curtis Kellum (Born August 25, 1932; Professed August 4, 1990; Died October 9, 2007) served as Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children (CASA) for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Arkansas, and on the board of directors of Dove House, a woman’s shelter, on the Hot Line and as liaison to the Department of Human Services.

Richard John Lorino

Richard John Lorino is a Board Certified Chaplain and Director of The Department of Pastoral Care at White Plains Hospital, White Plains, New York. He serves as Organist and Choirmaster at Saint John’s, South Salem, New York. In 1995 he founded Fessenden House in Yonkers, which for several years provided housing for men living with HIV/AIDS. Fessenden House now provides housing for men in recovery. He serves as one of two of the Minister General’s appointees to the Council of the Brotherhood.

Ronald Augustine Fox

Ronald Augustine Fox is the Director of Vocations for the Brotherhood. He serves as senior Master of Ceremonies and liturgical coordinator at Church of the Atonement, Chicago. He is the Assistant to the President of Bexley Hall/Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation, with campuses in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio.

Maurice John Grove

Maurice John Grove retired from a long career in sales and hospitality and now lives in the Philippines, where he assists the local village community in small-scale economic development. He is active with the church and helps spread the Gregorian Way in the South Pacific.

Virgilio Fortuna

Virgilio Fortuna serves as Deacon at Church of Our Saviour, Somerset, Massachusetts. He works at Brockton Hospital as a Nursing Assistant in the outpatient department, which provides free clinical care to people unable to afford a doctor.

Gordon John Stanley

Gordon John Stanley is Deacon at Saint Peter’s, Chicago. A retreat leader, author and teacher, he has conducted Bible Study and Lenten retreats at many Chicago-area churches. A member of the North American Association for the Diaconate, he participates in ongoing discussions on the role of the diaconate in the ELCA and the United Methodist Church.

Karekin Madteos Yarian

Karekin Madteos Yarian lives in San Francisco, providing a ministry of spiritual direction to local clergy and laity across a variety of denominations. He is an author, poet, and social activist in addition to his involvement in Sacred Space SF, an outreach ministry in the Castro’s LGBT* community. His book In Love and Service Bound chronicles the first forty years of the Brotherhood. His parish is Saint John the Evangelist, where he is an occasional preacher. He lives with his husband, Anthony, and their two dogs, and is the subject of the award winning documentary film Changing Habits directed by Sarah Needham. He is known on social media as PunkMonk, San Francisco.

William David Everett

William David Everett lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and attends St. Peter’s, Central Square. He is the Director of the Guild of Boston Artists.

Thomas Bushnell

Thomas Bushnell is a member of Saint Mark’s in Glendale, California, and a recipient of the PhD in philosophy from UC Irvine. He works as a software engineer for Google, and serves as the Brotherhood’s Secretary.

Patrick Ignatius Dickson

Patrick Ignatius Dickson (Born March 17, 1938; Professed July 23, 1999; Died July 20, 2005) served until his death at Fessenden House, a group home in Yonkers, New York, for men in recovery from severe drug and alcohol addiction. He served at Saint John’ s, Getty Square, Yonkers.

Robert James McLaughlin

Robert James McLaughlin serves at Saint Mark’s, Philadelphia, as subdeacon, master of ceremonies, thurifer, crucifer and acolyte, and he schedules servers at all masses and other services. Robert James serves the Brotherhood as one of two Chapter Representatives to Council and as Administrator for the community’s convocations.

Peter Budde

Peter Budde divides his year between Texas (November - April) where he and his wife, Betty, attend St. Joseph’s in Salado; and Stillmarsh Cottage in northern Wisconsin (May - October) attending St. Francis in Eagle River. In Wisconsin, Pete leads a lectionary bible study group, is a lector, and preaches and volunteers with Caritas, an emergency support organization. In Texas, he leads a lectionary bible study group and is looking forward to participating in a theological round table group in a local micro brewery. In the Brotherhood, Pete serves the community as Minister Provincial of Province 7, member of the Education Committee, board member of the Nidecker Education Fund, board member of the BSG Benevolence Trust, Minister General’s Chaplain, crucifer, mentor, and member of the Schola.

John Henry Ernestine

John Henry Ernestine is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in South River, New Jersey, where he serves as homilist and often leads quiet days. John Henry is a Knight of Honor in the Order of the Orthodox Knights Hospitaller of Saint John of Jerusalem Grand Priory of Russia. He is currently a student at Providence Theological School where he is completing a Degree in Theology. He is the Brotherhood’s Minister Provincial for Province 2, Head Sacristan, and serves on the Education & Retention Policy Planning Committees.

Francis Sebastian Medina

Francis Sebastian Medina serves as Director of Postulants and Novices for the Brotherhood. He is a member of Saint John the Evangelist, San Francisco, where he serves as Subdeacon, Acolyte, Eucharistic Minister and Healing Minister.

Ælred Bernard Dean

Ælred Bernard Dean is a member of Church of The Epiphany, Atlanta, where he is a postulant for Holy Orders. He attends the Sewanee School of Theology at the University of the South where he also serves as a student representative to the University Board of Directors. He writes theological articles on the intersection of Christianity and social justice for Hospitality, a publication of the Catholic Worker through the Open Door Community in Atlanta. He is married to Dr. James M. Elledge; and in Atlanta, they have two puggles (Lola and Ronnie) and a black Siberian hamster named Nephesh, which means “soul” in Hebrew.

Joseph Basil Gauss

Joseph Basil Gauss is a Registered Nurse working as Clinical Coordinator of the Telemetry/Stroke Nursing Unit at Northshore University HealthSystem – Skokie Hospital in Skokie, Illinois. He co-chairs the Parish Health Outreach at the Church of the Atonement, Chicago, as well as serves liturgically and sings in the choir. He is one of two Minister General’s Representatives to the Brotherhood’s Council and serves as Convocation Infirmarian.

Mark Andrew Jones

Mark Andrew Jones is Rector of Saint Nicholas Church in Pompano Beach, Florida, part of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. At the diocesan level, Mark Andrew is an elected member of the Disciplinary Board and also serves on the Clergy/Lay Insurance, Compensation, and Constitution & Canons Committees. In the community, he is a volunteer chaplain for the Boward Sheriff’s Office, one of fifteen, and the only Episcopal priest. Mark Andrew is also an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and Illinois, and he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate, County, and Family Mediator. He and his spouse, Diane, selectively accept private consulting engagements for alternative dispute resolutions services, employment investigations and assessments, management consulting, coaching, and training.

Richard Matthias

Richard Matthias, a retired LTC in the U.S. Army, lives in Louisville, New York, at River Respite Benedictory — a pastoral retreat center on an island in the Saint Lawrence River — with his wife Nancy, a retired Lutheran pastor. Richard is a member of Trinity Anglican Church in Cornwall, Ontario, where he serves as a worship assistant, Eucharistic Minister, and a pastoral caregiver at Cornwall Hospital. In his community, Richard helps at the Louisville Food Bank, serves as Quartermaster of his VFW Post, and is an active member of the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department, where he serves as Captain of the Fire Police and Chaplain. Richard also serves as the Brotherhood’s Convocation Cellarer.

William Henry Benefield

William Henry Benefield is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and a Clinical Psychopharmacologist. He is an Officer of the The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and a member of the Church of the Atonement, Chicago.

Nathanael Deward Rahm

Nathanael Deward Rahm is currently a free-lance church musician and composer living in Chicago, having served parishes in that area for 30 years. He has also served on the Diocese of Chicago’s Treble Festival Committee, and on the steering committee for the Leadership Program for Church Musicians Serving Small Congregations (LPM). He is the Brotherhood’s Minister Provincial for Province 5, the Director of Convocation Liturgy and Music, and one of the community’s organists.

Thomas Lawrence Greer

Thomas Lawrence Greer is Minister Provincial for Province 4. A lifelong native of Nashville, he is a Registered Nurse serving as a nursing instructor in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Nashville’s practical nursing program, one of the largest such programs in the region. He teaches fundamentals, medical-surgical nursing, and conducts clinical rotations for the student in the adult medical-surgical populations. Thomas Lawrence also works in the Access Center at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute as an access coordinator. He recently completed a Master’s in Health Administration at the University of St. Francis. He begins studies in a Master’s in Nursing program with a focus in Nursing Eudcation this fall at Excelsior College. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the American Nurses Association. His parish is Saint Ann’s, Nashville, where he serves as acolyte, Altar Guild member, and chalice bearer. In winter, he continues to serve at Room in the Inn, a city-wide shared ecumenical ministry for recovering individuals.

Enoch John Valentine

Enoch John Valentine is Senior Sacristan, and Facilitator of the Pastoral Care Committee at Saint John’s Cathedral in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition he is Organist and Choir Director at Saint Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, Cranston, and at Swan Point Cemetery. He is Minister Provincial of Province 1.

Ron Fender

Ron Fender lives at the House of the Magdalene in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that he shares with three formerly homeless men, two of which are profoundly disabled. He has a long history of serving the homeless community in ministries of foot care, end of life care and outreach. He is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, and attends Saint Paul’s Church, Chattanooga.

Michael Elliott

Michael Elliott (Born February 27, 1938; Professed July 26, 2008; Died February 8, 2012) served the Church around the world in ministry positions in New Zealand, USA, England, Jersualem, Wales and Australia.  As a priest in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia and later a Canon in the Church in Wales, Michael served in a variety of parish, cathedral, chaplaincy, social change advocacy and university teaching ministries internationally.  For the last twenty years of his life he travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australasia as a teacher of Practical and Applied Theology and as a consultant for the design, development and delivery of theological education programs.  He retired to New Zealand in 2009 and continued to teach in the Newcastle School of Theology for Ministry in Australia until a few months before his death.  A collection of his writings is being developed at michaelcelliott.wordpress.com.

David Luke Henton

David Luke Henton is Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Director for the School of Social Work at Texas State University. He is a Lay Reader, Eucharistic Visitor, and member of the Pastoral Care Committee at St. James’, Austin, and serves as Director of Education for the Brotherhood. A spiritual director, he also maintains a seasonal ministry of hospitality at St. Brigid’s Rest, a place of respite, reflection, and rejuvenation for the nurture and restoration of body, soul, mind and spirit in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, where he serves seasonally at Church of the Ascension.

David John Battrick

David John Battrick is married to Luisa and has four young sons: Isaac, Malachi, Joshua, and Nahum. David John studied in Oxford, England, was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia, and currently serves as Archdeacon for Maitland and Rector of the Parish of East Maitland in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, New South Wales (Australia). Before his current ministry appointment, he was a member of the Bishop’s Ministry Team serving as the Diocesan Ministry Development Officer and the founding Director of the Newcastle School of Theology for Ministry. David John is a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral and a member of the Cathedral’s Board; and an elected member of the Diocesan Council, Clergy Emoluments Board and the Parish Incumbency Board. He serves on the Children, Education and Youth Board of the Diocese and is a member of the Council of Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College and is one of the Bishop’s Examining Chaplains.

Bo Alexander Armstrong

Bo Alexander Armstrong is a communicant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and also serves at Southside Abbey, an Episcopal mission in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is married to Lynn and has two sons, Christopher and Devon. He is also the very proud grandfather of Adelaide. He works as an IT professional in the Chattanooga area. He serves as one of two Chapter’s elected representatives on Council.

Francis Jonathan Bullock

Francis Jonathan Bullock attends All Saints Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, where he serves as an acolyte.  He is a social worker (MSW, 2012, Indiana University) at Hillcroft Services, a non-profit agency serving adults with intellectual disabilities and severe chronic mental illness.  His spouse is an ordained minister currently serving as the lead pastor at a local Quaker Meeting. Br. Francis Jonathan continues the ancient monastic traditions of brewing beer (which he often brings to the Brotherhood’s gatherings) and baking bread for his parish. Other hobbies include reading, counted cross stitch, cooking, baking, and gardening.

James Patrick Hall

James Patrick Hall serves among Tulsa, Oklahoma’s poorest people, helping feed the homeless weekly in the city’s downtown in a family-like dinner setting called Thursday Night Light. He also serves on the Board of the Housing Faith Alliance, helping connect formerly homeless mentally ill people with local faith communities and build their lives in Christ. Br. James Patrick is on the Board at Servant’s Rest, a halfway house for men coming out of jail or prison. At his parish, Saint Patrick’s, Broken Arrow, Br. James serves in the Love Thy Neighbor hot breakfast and takeaway lunch program, as a lector, Eucharistic minister, and teaches occasionally in the Adult Education program. With a passion for cross-cultural mission, he also serves on the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma’s Companion Relationship Committee with Uruguay.

Richard Edward Helmer

Richard Edward Helmer is Minister Provincial for Province 8. Rector of Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley, California, he also serves the Diocese of California and the wider church as president of the diocesan Standing Committee, as a deputy to General Convention, and as Secretary of the House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee. He has written for Episcopal Café and serves as the Brotherhood’s Webmaster and develops the BSG Daily Office App. A classical pianist, Richard Edward performs and accompanies regularly in recitals around the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his wife, Hiroko, and their children, Daniel and Mari, enjoy road trips together along the California Coast and visiting friends and family as far flung as Okayama, Japan, and Arkansas.

Eric Shelley

Eric Shelley lives in Roanoke, Virginia, and attends Christ Episcopal Church, where he serves on the altar guild, columbarium committee, and as an acolyte and occasional thurifer. He is employed as Registered Nurse in the operating room at Salem Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Eric enjoys many activities but finds particular satisfaction in being a student (currently in EfM), all things outdoors, and sharing a good bottle of Pinot Noir with loved ones.

Larry Walter Reich

Larry Walter Reich serves as head verger and eucharistic minister in Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is an Education for Ministry (EFM) graduate, and advocates for victims of violent crime. He currently works for Ruby Falls in Chattanooga.

Donald Sutton

Novice Donald Sutton is a member of St. Anne’s, Billerica, Massachusetts, where he serves as lector, acolyte, and occasional instrumentalist. In his free time, he reads about spirituality, spends time with friends, and pursues his life-long passion for music by playing flute.

Max Steele

Novice Max Steele lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with his soulmate of 23 years, Sonya, and their eight-year-old son, Samuel. Max is a member of St. Paul’s, Chattanooga, where he ministers as church librarian and sings baritone in the Senior Choir. He also attends Southside Abbey, serving on the council as treasurer and is in his third year of EfM (Education for Ministry). As a Desert Storm veteran and former U.S. Army Field Artilleryman, he is also an active member of several veterans’ organizations. Max enjoys playing classical piano.

Scott Michael Pomerenk

Novice Scott Michael Pomerenk worships at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado, and at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California, serving as a Eucharistic minister, acolyte, lector, Cathedral docent, and delegate to diocesan conventions. He was an Alternate Deputy to the 77th and 78th General Conventions, and has served in several governance roles in the Diocese of California. He writes and directs short Surrealist films and lives in Denver with his wife, Erica.

Michael J Piper

Postulant Michael Jon Piper is a communicant at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Des Moines, Iowa, where he serves as Cathedral Cantor, chair of the Worship Cloister, and delegate to Diocesan Convention. He is also an Education for Ministry (EfM) student. Michael is an attorney maintaining a general practice including, but not limited to, criminal law and immigration law. He is also a college professor of interpretation and translation. A near-native speaker of Spanish, Michael and his wife Priscila lived and worked in Mexico for many years as Bible translators. They currently live in Johnston, Iowa.

Alphabetical


Bo Alexander Armstrong

David John Battrick

William Henry Benefield

Richard Thomas Biernacki

Donovan Aidan Bowley

Peter Budde

Francis Jonathan Bullock

William Bunting

Thomas Bushnell

John Peter Clark

Ælred Bernard Dean

Ciarán Anthony DellaFera

Patrick Ignatius Dickson

Michael Elliott

John Henry Ernestine

William David Everett

Ron Fender

Bernard Fessenden

Virgilio Fortuna

Ronald Augustine Fox

Joseph Basil Gauss

Thomas Lawrence Greer

Maurice John Grove

James Patrick Hall

Tobias Stanislas Haller

Richard Edward Helmer

David Luke Henton

Christopher Stephen Jenks

Mark Andrew Jones

William Francis Jones

Damian-Curtis Kellum

Charles Kramer

Richard John Lorino

Richard Matthias

Robert James McLaughlin

Francis Sebastian Medina

Edward Munro

John Nidecker

Luke Anthony Nowicki

Michael J Piper

Scott Michael Pomerenk

Nathanael Deward Rahm

Larry Walter Reich

Edward Riley

Thomas Joseph Ross

Eric Shelley

Gordon John Stanley

Max Steele

Donald Sutton

James Teets

Enoch John Valentine

Karekin Madteos Yarian

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