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. A member of Christ Church, Shrewsbury, New Jersey and director of the St. Mary’s Youth Choir in the parish, he recently retired after 58 years as an organist and choirmaster. He is an honorary canon of the Diocese of Honduras.

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 is retired and lives in Providence, Rhode Island. He was a co-founder of Fessenden House, Yonkers, New York, in 1995, and he returned to Fessenden House in 2011 and served as House Manager until the house closed in 2017. He also served on the staff of House of the Redeemer in New York City from 1993 until 2001, and served on the staff of the Anglican Observer at the United Nations from 2002 until 2006. He is a member of Church of the Redeemer in Providence, Rhode Island, and lives in an apartment on the cathedral close.

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), What About Sex? (Church Publishing 2017), and Re-membering God: Human Hope and Divine Desire (Church Publishing 2019).

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. During that time, he also spent 12 years as the Director of the Baltimore International Seafarers’ Center and Episcopal Port Chaplain in Baltimore. Edward and his wife, Barbara, are now worshiping at St. George’s, Glenn Dale, in the Diocese of Washington. Since joining the parish, Edward has become a part of the Outreach and Social Justice Committee and the Pastoral Care Team. On occasion he also officiates at Sunday Services when the rector in unavailable.

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, a delegate to Diocesan Convention, 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 lived and worked at Fessenden House in Yonkers, New York, for 22 years, serving as Executive Director from 1998 until 2017. Fessenden House was founded by Richard John Lorino, BSG, as a home for men with HIV/AIDS. When new treatment protocols made HIV infection a more manageable disease, the house’s mission was adjusted to serve men with Substance Use Disorder who also carried diagnoses for other serious medical and mental health conditions. After Fessenden House closed in 2017, Christopher Stephen is now retired and lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he volunteers in the offices of the Diocese of Rhode Island. Christopher Stephen is a member of Church of the Redeemer in Providence, and lives in an apartment on the cathedral close.

Ciarán Anthony DellaFera

Ciarán Anthony DellaFera is a family medicine physician, AVP Clinical Informatics and Director of Transgender Medicine 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 LGBTQIA+ medicine and is SOC.8 Certified GEI teaching faculty for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Ciarán is a former IBM Distinguished Engineer and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, and worships and serves at the altar at The Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, Massachusetts. He serves on the BSG Benevolent Trust Board.

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 retired in 2018 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 a professionally trained musician, he served as Organist and Choirmaster at several churches in Westchester, spending the last 25 years of that career at St. John’s Church, South Salem, where he also taught and preached on a regular basis. Trained in Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisory Education, Rick also supervised a Clinical Pastoral Training program for Vocational Deacon candidates in the Diocese of New York. In 1992, he founded Fessenden House, a Gregorian ministry which initially provided housing for men living with HIV/AIDS. Once HIV became a manageable disease, Fessenden House re-organized and began ministering to men in recovery until it closed its doors in June 2017. He serves within the community as Treasurer of the Brotherhood Benevolent Trust. 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 and is on the Benevolent Trust Board for the Brotherhood. He serves as senior Master of Ceremonies and liturgical coordinator at Church of the Atonement, Chicago. In retirement, he works part-time as a civil process coordinator for a firm in the Chicago area. Prior to his retirement, he was Assistant to the President of Seabury Western and Bexley Seabury Seminaries in Chicago. An honors graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago, he also earned a paralegal certificate with scholarly distinction from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies, and has a Master of Ministry, magna cum laude, and a Master of Theology, summa cum laude, from Providence Theological School. He serves as secretary of the National Association of Episcopal Christian Communities (NAECC).

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 Saint Thomas, Taunton, Massachusetts, on the program team for deacons in formation, and on the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of 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. He is Minister Provincial of Province 1.

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.

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 lives in New York City, where he works as a Software Engineer. He worships regularly at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Times Square.

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.

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. Pete also occasionally officiates at Morning Prayer and preaches there. He is working with the rehab department of the Sticht Acute Rehab Center of the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to develop a peer mentoring program for present and past rehab patients to assist people who are dealing with the physical and emotional challenges of rehabilitation. In the Brotherhood, he serves as 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. 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 lives in South Lake Tahoe, California. He is a member of St. John in the Wilderness Church in Glenbrook, Nevada, and a supporter of the Bread and Broth food program in South Lake Tahoe.

Ælred Bernard Dean

Ælred Bernard Dean is Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Church, Columbus, Indiana. In addition to serving the Church at the parochial level, he also serves the greater Columbus community as a member of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Ecumenical Assembly of Bartholomew County and as a member of their worship committee of the ECBC, and a Board of Director member of Columbus Pride. He also serves on the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Indianapolis. Previously, he served St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, first as their Priest-in-Charge and then as their Rector. He also served the Diocese of Lexington as a member of the Standing Committee, Liturgical Committee, Chairperson of the Budget Committee, Diocesan Convention Planning Committee, Deputy to the General Convention, and the Mountain Region Opioid Task Force. He also served as Secretary, Vice-President, and President of Cooperative Christian Ministry, an organization helping to meet the needs of the unemployed, working poor, and homeless in Middlesboro. Through Lincoln Memorial University, he mentored those working on their Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. In the Brotherhood, Ælred serves on the Education Committee.

Joseph Basil Gauss

Joseph Basil Gauss is a Registered Nurse working as Clinical Coordinator of the Telemetry/Stroke Nursing Unit at Northshore University HealthSystem – Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. He co-chairs LGBT+ affinity at Church of the Atonement, Chicago, as well as serves liturgically and sings in Anonement’s Saint Cecilia Choir. Joseph Basil also sits on The LEAGUE Foundation board which grants scholarships to LGBT+ students. He serves as the Brotherhood’s Convocation Infirmarian and Secretary.

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 chair of the Parish Finance and Assessment Committee and president of the Disciplinary Board. In the community, Mark Andrew 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 and unemployed. The Holy Grill has served over 61,000 hot meals since starting in September 2016. The original food trailer has recently been replaced with a custom-equipped food truck with double the cooking capacity. St. Nicholas has also added the Holy Provisions Free Community Market food bank to assist the food insecure, particularly the elderly. Both the Holy Grill and Holy Provisions continue to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit on reduced schedules and fewer volunteers. Holy Provisions has shifted its emphasis during the pandemic to distributing food to seniors and those food pantries that are still operating. Mark Andrew is also an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and Illinois, and a former 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 retired deacon of the Anglican Church in Canada. Enjoying his 24th year of retirement from military service, he continues to serve his local community as an active member of the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department, where he serves as a member of the Fire Police and Chaplain.

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, attends St. Mark’s Church, San Antonio, and serves the Brotherhood as Director of Education.

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.

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 Priest-in-Charge of All Saints Episcopal Church in El Paso, Texas. A retired social worker and social work educator, he is a volunteer and supporter of Rio Grande Borderland Ministries, and maintains a seasonal retreat ministry of hospitality and spiritual direction at St. Brigid’s Rest in the southern New Mexico mountain village of Cloudcroft.

Bo Alexander Armstrong

Bo Alexander Armstrong serves as Minister Provincial for Province 4 and Chair of the BSG Benevolent Trust Board. He is a communicant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church , a licensed Lay Preacher, 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 Robin and Barden. He works as an IT professional in the Chattanooga area.

Francis Jonathan Bullock

Francis Jonathan Bullock is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, where he serves as an acolyte and provides leadership for several ministries, including the communion bread baking guild, care of the altar linens, and scheduler for the acolyte ministry. Francis Jonathan is a social worker (MSW, 2012, Indiana University) at Hillcroft Services, a non-profit agency serving adults and children with intellectual disabilities and severe chronic mental illness.  He is currently pursuing an MDiv at Earlham School of Religion with aspirations to serving as a board certified chaplain. Among Quakers, his spouse is a recorded minister of the Gospel, currently serving quarter-time as the pastor of a local UUA congregation. Francis Jonathan’s spouse also serves on the administrative faculty of Bethany Theological Seminary (Church of the Brethren) as the Community Engagement Coordinator. Br. Francis Jonathan continues the ancient monastic traditions of brewing beer. His other hobbies include reading, counted cross stitch, cooking, baking, and gardening.

James Patrick Hall

James Patrick Hall spent most of his career in engineering and is now retired. He has served over 20 years in ministry with people experiencing homelessness both in Oklahoma and Colorado. Br. James Patrick is a founding visionary with Rocky Mountain Refuge, beginning with the very first discussions in 2017, has served on the Board of Directors since their incorporation in 2019, and was appointed Executive Director in 2021. Rocky Mountain Refuge is the only shelter in Colorado that offers round the clock custodial family style care, where unhoused neighbors are kept safe and comfortable and can receive hospice care from partner agencies. Br. James Patrick attends St. Gregory’s, Littleton, where he serves as an acolyte, on the outreach committee, and as an occasional adult education teacher. Br. James Patrick also teaches an adult Bible Study at a shelter for men in recovery in Denver.

Richard Edward Helmer

Richard Edward Helmer is Rector of Church of Our Saviour, Mill Valley, California, he also serves the Diocese of California and the wider church as Secretary of the Diocesan Convention, as Deputy to the 81st General Convention in 2024, and, since the 78th General Convention, as an officer -- currently Vice Chair -- of the House of Deputies Resolutions Review Committee. He serves as the Brotherhood’s Web Administrator, develops the BSG Daily Office App, and assists Church Publishing with preparing and editing liturgical calendar resources. A classical pianist and chamber musician, Richard Edward performs and accompanies regularly in recitals around the San Francisco Bay Area. He and his family enjoy road trips together along the California Coast.

Eric Shelley

Eric Shelley is a certified operating room nurse 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 he serves as a committee chair and member of the Altar Guild and as an acolyte and crucifer. In the Brotherhood, Br. Eric serves as Administrator and Sacristan for the community’s convocations and council meetings.

Larry Walter Reich

Larry Walter Reich serves as head verger and eucharistic minister and visitor in Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is an Education for Ministry (EFM) graduate, advocates for victims of violent crime, and serves as a volunteer hospice chaplain for the homeless at Welcome Home of Chattanooga. 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 is an end-of-life doula, serving as a companion to dying people in their final days. He has been an Alternate Deputy to several General Conventions, and has served in governance roles on diocesan and churchwide levels. He writes and directs short Surrealist and Expressionist films, and blogs at Originally from San Francisco, Scott Michael now lives in Thornton, Colorado, with his wife, Erica, and their three children; they worship at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver.

Angel Gabriel Roque

Angel Gabriel Roque was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to study Culinary Arts and management in 2003. Angel worked in many restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Miami as a sous-chef, baker, and in other kitchen management positions. Angel worked and served in many capacities in South Florida, as a night shelter program for the homeless, HIV prevention for youth, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist, where he specialized in trauma and opiate addiction, youth pastor and Latine ministries and young adult ministries. Angel answered a call to serve the church in New Mexico and southwest Texas in January 2021 as the Diocesan Missioner for Youth and Young Adults and Camp Stoney programs director for the Diocese of the Rio Grande till the summer of 2023. Angel is currently a full-time seminarian at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest MDiv class of 2026. Angel also serves as a member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) on the commission’s Calendar Subcommittee and on the Council for Safe Church & Safe Communities of The Episcopal Church. Angel resides in Austin Texas with his defiant dog, Koko.

David Benedict Hedges

David Benedict Hedges is Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Church in Tucson and an honorary Canon of the Diocese of Arizona, where he serves on the Standing Committee and as a deputy to the General Convention. He is married to Carly, a mental health and burnout prevention coach; they have an adult daughter. Dave enjoys letter-writing, postal ephemera, record collecting, and amateur astronomy. He serves the community as Minister Provincial of Province West.

Tommy Mandri

Tommy Mandri worships at Iglesia Episcopal la Santícima Trinidad in Miami, Florida, and works as Organist in the ecumenical Catholic Church of Saints Francis and Clare in Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale. Tommy resides with his thirteen-year-old cat, Channel.

Jason Peter Seta

Jason Peter Seta lives in Philadelphia, and is a member of St. Luke’s, Germantown. He serves on the vestry, as a lector, altar server, occasional homilist, lay eucharistic minister, and clothing ministry coordinator. He is currently working with his Parish Discernment Group to explore a call to ordained ministry. In the Brotherhood, Jason Peter serves as Chapter’s Nidecker Fund Representative.

Christopher Robert Werth

Christopher Robert 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 Saint Martin’s-in-the Field Episcopal Church in Severna Park, Maryland, serving as a Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Outreach Commission. He also is a member on the Secretariat for Maryland Episcopal Cursillo and has served on a number of teams.

Clayton DewAndre Johnson

Novice Clayton DewAndre Johnson resides in Philadelphia where he works as a Business Consultant. He is a member of St. Luke’s, Germantown, serving in the parish as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server and Lector. Clayton also leads Noonday prayer and intercessions and volunteers at St. Luke’s Food Pantry.

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