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 Music Minister at St. John’s United Methodist Church, Hazlet, New Jersey, and is a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Shrewsbury. He is an honorary canon of the Diocese of Honduras and a former President of the Monmouth County Branch of The English Speaking Union, USA, and is Vice-President of the Garden Club of Fair Haven, New Jersey. He is a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, Priory of St. George, and serves as Priory Organist.

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 The Church of the Advent, Baltimore. He previously served for almost two decades as 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 (Born July 7, 1945; Professed September 14, 1980; Died February 15, 2018) was a member of Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where he served in a variety of ministries from 1987 to 2018. He was beloved in the Brotherhood for his devotion to the Blessed Mother and would call for a common praying of the rosary after every Compline during Convocations.

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. Now retired and living in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, 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 serves as Director of Postulants and Novices and Publications Coordinator for the Brotherhood. He is an Associate at Church of the Advent, Baltimore, and provides supply in the Diocese of Maryland. He is a Commander of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, holds the Bishop’s Cross of the Diocese of New York, served as a Deputy to five sessions of General Convention, and was a member of the Task Force for the Study of Marriage and chair of the Study Committee on Polity. An iconographer, composer, and writer, his books include Reasonable and Holy (Seabury Books 2009), The Episcopal Handbook Revised Edition (Church Publishing 2015), Preparing for a Wedding in the Episcopal Church (Church Publishing 2017), and What About Sex? (Church Publishing 2017).

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 in January 2018 from the active diaconate after 26 years of service at 5 parishes in the Diocese of Maryland. He also spent 12 years as the Director of the Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center and Episcopal Port Chaplain in Baltimore as well as serving as a Jubilee Ministry Site Visitor. Edward and his wife, Barbara, are now worshiping at St. George’s, Glenn Dale, in the Diocese of Washington.

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) worked as a Registered Nurse, specializing in eye care, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. When the AIDS pandemic first started to receive public notice, Bernard began specializing in caring for HIV-infected patients. Over time he became an advocate for people with AIDS, pushing for passage of AIDS confidentiality rules and civil rights laws before the Boston City Council and the Massachusetts State Legislature. He succumbed to the disease himself, dying from complications brought on by the HIV virus on August 10, 1993. Fessenden House, which operated in Yonkers, New York, from 1995 until 2017, was named in his honor.

Donovan Aidan Bowley

Donovan Aidan Bowley, following a career in teaching and environmental protection, retired to rural Maine, where his family settled in 1745. There, he is an active member of Saint Thomas’ Church, Camden. He is a co-mentor there in the Education for Ministry (EfM) seminar, a Vestry member, sings in the choir, convenes a weekly Bible study group, assists on the Pastoral Care Team, and engages in intercessory prayer. In retirement, his avocation in historical studies and genealogy has become a profession, and he is working on papers about the early settlement and exploration of mid-coast Maine. He is an archivist and an officer in both Hope and Appleton Historical Societies, and has compiled information leading to the inclusion of Appleton's 1848 Meetinghouse and a local farm on the National Register of Historical Places. He is working with a team of local residents toward restoration of the 166-year-old meetinghouse and its future incorporation in a town community center.

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 served on the staff of Fessenden House in Yonkers, New York, from 1995 until its closure in July of 2017. He is currently staying with his sister in Belfast, Maine, and working to discern his next steps in ministry. He attends St. Margaret’s Church in Belfast.

Ciarán Anthony DellaFera

Ciarán Anthony DellaFera is a family medicine physician, the Director of Transgender Medicine, 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 has retired from a 30-year career in hospital ministry and a 40-year career in parish ministry. A Board Certified Chaplain, he was a staff chaplain at a major Level I Trauma Center in Westchester County, New York, for 15 years, moving on to become Director of The Department of Pastoral Care and Education at White Plains Hospital. As Organist and Choirmaster, he served at several Westchester churches and spent the last 25 years of that career at St. John’s Church, South Salem, New York, where he was also called upon to teach and preach regularly. Trained in Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisory Education, Rick supervised a Clinical Pastoral Training program for Vocational Deacon candidates in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. In 1992, he founded Fessenden House, a Gregorian ministry which provided housing for men in recovery until it closed its doors in June 2017. Rick now lives in Vero Beach, Florida, and is a member of Saint Augustine of Canterbury Church, Vero Beach.

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 in Chicago. An honors graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago, he also has a Master of Ministry, Magna Cum Laude, from Providence Theological School.

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 beginning this autumn at Saint Mark’s, Foxboro, 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, after serving 45 years in the Diocese of Chicago, including 25 years as Deacon at St. Peter’s, Chicago, retired in 2015. His ministry included the Evanston Children’s Center, The Night Ministry, and Interfaith House. Still in demand as a preacher and Lenten retreat leader, he’s assigned to Church of the Ascension, Chicago. While living part-time in Sarasota, Florida, Gordon assists Share! Shopper Day for Camino de Fe’s Mission and Sarasota CROP Hunger Walk.

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. They are an author, poet, and social and political activist. In addition to their involvement in Sacred Space SF, an outreach ministry in the Castro’s LGBT*Q community, Karekin also works as Office Manager for San Francisco Night Ministry, as Parish Administrator for Trinity+St. Peter’s Church, and is the Brother Protector for a religious community in formation — The Companions of Dorothy the Worker — an ecumenical order founded to serve the queer community, and named for Dorothy Day. Karekin’s ministries also include work with the Recycled AIDS Medicine Program (RAMP), pastoral support to the queer activist community, and sacred resistance. Karekin is also a member of the Steering Committee of TransEpiscopal. Karekin’s book In Love and Service Bound chronicles the first forty years of the Brotherhood. Karekin’s second book, How To Be a Disciple and Digital, was released in the Spring of 2018. Brother Karekin lives with husband Anthony and their two dogs, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary film Changing Habits directed by Sarah Needham. Online, Karekin is known 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 Emeritus of the Guild of Boston Artists.

Thomas Bushnell

Thomas Bushnell is a member of the Church of the Advent of Christ the King, San Francisco, 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 (Born September 28, 1943; Professed August 19, 2000; Died August 30, 2018) served at Saint Mark’s, Philadelphia, as subdeacon, master of ceremonies, thurifer, crucifer and acolyte. Remembered for his cutting humor, joyous laugh, and sweet nature, he was a fast friend to many. He served faithfully in the Brotherhood as Administrator for the community’s convocations. Please pray for the Brotherhood and all who mourn his recent death.

Peter Budde

Peter Budde and his wife, Betty, live in Fieldale, Virginia, on Stillmeadow Farm. They attend Christ Church in Martinsville, where they are members of the choir, collect food weekly from grocery stores for the community-wide Grace Network food pantry, and volunteer at the monthly meal, Loaves and Fishes, served at Christ Church. In the Brotherhood, Pete serves as a member of the Education Committee, board member of the BSG Benevolence Trust, the Minister General’s Chaplain, crucifer, and member of the Schola.

John Henry Ernestine

John Henry Ernestine is the Brotherhood’s Minister Provincial for Province 2, Head Sacristan, and serves on the Education & Retention Policy Planning Committees. He serves at Grace Church Van Vorst, Jersey City, as homilist, teacher, and pastoral care giver. John Henry is currently a student at Providence Theological School, where he is completing a Degree in Theology.

Francis Sebastian Medina

Francis Sebastian Medina 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 serves as Priest-in-Charge at St. Mary’s in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Having recently completed his MDiv at the Sewanee School of Theology at the University of the South, he continues to serve the university as a trustee. 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).

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 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 a member of the Executive Board and also serves on the Constitution & Canons and the Parish Finance and Assessment Committees. In the community, he and the parish are best known for the Holy Grill mobile ministry in which a food trailer is used to get outside the walls of the church and beyond the boundaries of fixed sites to make hot, spirit-lifting meals for the homeless. 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 lives in northern New York with his wife Nancy, a retired Lutheran Pastor. Richard is a Vocational Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada, presently serving at Trinity Anglican Church in Cornwall, Ontario, as a Pastoral Associate. His ministry responsibilities include preaching, hospital, nursing home and home bound visitation, and pastoral care team coordination across three Anglican parishes along the St. Lawrence Seaway. In his local community, Richard is an active member of the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department, where he serves as a Trustee, Captain of the Fire Police, and Chaplain. Richard also serves as the Brotherhood’s Convocation Cellarer.

William Henry Benefield

William Henry Benefield is a Clinical Psychopharmacologist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is organist for Musica Sacra San Antonio and serves as one of the Brotherhood’s organists during convocations. He is an Officer of the The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, a member of St. Paul’s, San Antonio, and serves the Brotherhood as Minister Provincial for Province 7.

Nathanael Deward Rahm

Nathanael Deward Rahm has been serving parishes in Chicago and suburbs for over 30 years. Currently, he is Organist-Choirmaster at Church of Our Saviour, Elmhurst, Illinois. He also works as the Parish Administrator for Church of the Ascension, Chicago. 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, a lifelong native of Nashville, 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, nutrition, introductory skills, and conducts clinical rotations 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 is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the American Nurses Association. His parish is Saint Ann’s, Nashville, where he serves as acolyte, chalice bearer, and chair of the Altar Guild. 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 eucharistic visitor and acolyte at Saint Luke’s in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In addition, he is Organist and Choir Director at Saint Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, East Providence, and long-time Organist at Swan Point Cemetery, Providence. He is Minister Provincial of Province 1.

Ron Fender

Ron Fender (Born: October 1, 1954; Professed: August 26, 2006; Died: January 29, 2016), the “Saint of Chattanooga,” had a long history of serving the homeless community in ministries of foot care, end of life care, and outreach. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Ron shared Appalacian lore as a gifted storyteller, great talent as an actor, and his love of the Gospel as a prophetic preacher.

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.

David Luke Henton

David Luke Henton is a retired social worker and social work educator who serves at Church of the Ascension in Cloudcroft, New Mexico as a layreader, acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, greeter and member of the Bishop’s Committee. He also offers seasonal hospitality, spiritual direction, and retreat opportunities at St. Brigid’s Rest, a center for respite, reflection, and rejuvenation for the nurture and restoration of body, soul, mind and spirit. He serves the Brotherhood as Director of Education and Retreat Planning.

David John Battrick

David John Battrick grew up in England and after studies in Oxford was ordained as a priest in Western Australia where he served in parishes and in regional resourcing. Over the last twelve years he has served in various ministry roles including Archdeacon for Mission and Mission Planning, Archdeacon for Maitland, Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Rector of the Parish of East Maitland, Diocesan Ministry Development Officer and Director of the Newcastle School of Theology for Ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle in Australia. He serves within the community as Chair of the Brotherhood’s Benevolent Trust.

Bo Alexander Armstrong

Bo Alexander Armstrong serves as Minister Provincial for Province 4. He is a communicant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church , a licensed Lay Preacher, serves on the Outreach and Stewardship committees, and is engaged in ministry among the homeless in downtown 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.

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 heads the communion bread guild for his parish. Other hobbies include reading, counted cross stitch, cooking, baking, and gardening.

James Patrick Hall

James Patrick Hall pursues his vocation of working with Denver’s poor and homeless by serving at St. Francis Center for the Homeless, and coordinating the Sunday morning service each week. He also leads a Bible Study on Mondays at Catholic Charities' Samaritan House. James Patrick also serves on the board of the Denver Faith and Justice Conference, and works with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, which provides bi-annual retreats for homeless folks. He currently attends the Cathedral of St. John in the Wilderness, Denver, where he assists by leading Evening Prayer and as a catechumenate table discussion leader.

Richard Edward Helmer

Richard Edward Helmer is Minister Provincial for Province 8. Rector of Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley, California, he also has recently served 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, 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 is a certified operating room nurse (CNOR) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. He lives in Roanoke, Virginia and worships at Christ Episcopal Church, Roanoke, where some of his ministries have included serving on the Vestry, as Junior and Senior Warden, as an acolyte, crucifer, thurifer, and as convener of the pastoral care committee. Currently, he serves as both chair and member of the Altar Guild. In the Brotherhood, Br. Eric serves as Administrator for the community’s convocations and council meetings.

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.

Max Steele

Max Steele (Born January 26, 1971; Professed July 22, 2017; Died December 12, 2017), was a member of St. Paul’s, Chattanooga, where he sang bass in the Senior Choir. He also attended Southside Abbey, serving on the council as treasurer. As a Desert Storm veteran and former U.S. Army Field Artilleryman, he was also an active member of several veterans’ organizations. Max enjoyed playing classical piano, and was a devoted husband and father.

Scott Michael Pomerenk

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.

Angel Gabriel Roque

Angel Gabriel Roque is an associate verger at his home parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Coral Springs, Florida. Angel works with Latino/Hispanic ministries in his home Diocese. He holds the office of President for the R. K. Rolason Convocation of Vergers of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. He is an active member of the Cursillo movement as well as youth minister and LGBTQI social group coordinator in his home parish. Angel serves with the homeless community in Broward County as a Night Program Residential Monitor at St. Laurence Chapel Homeless Day Shelter in Pompano Beach. He resides in Fort Lauderdale with his husband and enjoys cooking, painting, drawing, and reading.

David Benedict Hedges

David Benedict Hedges is Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Tucson, Arizona, and serves on the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Arizona. He previously served parishes in the Diocese of Chicago, and as a Deputy to the 78th General Convention. He is married to Carly Flagg, a sign language interpreter, and they have a daughter, Zoe. Dave enjoys letter-writing and postal ephemera, and long road trips.

Russell Peter Gallagher

Novice Russell Peter Gallagher worships at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville, Tennessee. He serves in various lay positions, including Lector, Morning Prayer Officiant, occasional teacher and Innkeeper, and he performs various other duties as requested. He has worked as a Certified Pharmacy Technician in retail and benefit management, a bartender and bartending school instructor, and most recently, in Consumer Support and Relations for a small tech company. He enjoys audiobooks, reading, Maximum Fun podcasts, and alternative/indie music.

Tommy Mandri

Novice Tommy Mandri worships and works at Iglesia Episcopal Todos Los Santos in Miami, Florida, where he serves as Organist, Choral Director, member of the Altar Guild, Eucharistic Minister, and Lay Reader. He also serves in the Hispanic ministries of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Tommy resides with his nine-year-old cat, Channel.

William Crockett

Novice William Crockett serves as Lay Eucharistic Minister and Visitor at St. Gabriel’s Church, Titusville, Florida. He also serves as a Spiritual Support Volunteer, Chaplain’s Assistant, and On-call Chaplain at Parrish Hospital in Titusville, and a co-mentor in EfM.

Richard Nash Smith

Postulant Richard Nash Smith is an Afro-Canadian priest of the Diocese of Ottawa (Anglican Church of Canada). He is involved in free marriage and career counselling. He holds a Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology and a Doctorate of Business Administration. Nash worked in the alcohol beverage industry as a manager and sommelier before becoming a priest. His passion is in meditation and fostering ideas of equal rights and justice.

Christopher Werth

Postulant Christopher Werth is a Case Manager in the Senior Care Program, Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, based in Annapolis, Maryland. He has over 30 years of experience working individuals across the lifespan with different abilities and is a graduate level, nationally certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). He is a 36+year member of Lions International having been awarded a Melvin Jones Fellow for his community service. He is an active member of St. Martin’s in-the Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park, Maryland, serving as a member of the Vestry, Server, member of the Healing Prayer team, and Eucharistic Minister. He also is a member on the Secretariat for Maryland Episcopal Cursillo and has served on a number of teams.

Thomas Scott Burnham

Postulant Thomas Scott Burnham was born and raised in Southern Florida. He began his spiritual journey as a boy and eventually became an altar boy in the Roman Catholic Church. In his twenties he moved to New England and became a chemical lab supervisor; in his thirties he moved to Tennessee and became an Optician. Later, he became an addiction counselor and found his life’s calling. He passionately serves the homeless, and graciously helps the addicted recover. While specializing in eating disorders and all aspects of alcohol and drug addiction, he has discovered a kinship for the marginalized and the forgotten in our society. At his parish, St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, Florida, he serves as a vestry member, usher, and reader, as well as participating in several committees and study groups.

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