The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement bring healing and hope to God’s people, sharing the message of reconciliation, unity and at-one-ment on three continents.

ELECTED GENERAL COUNCIL MEMBERS – 2019-2024 Term

V. Rev. Brian F. Terry, SA

Minister General

Elected in 2014 then re-elected in 2019, current Minister General

Fr. James Loughran, SA

Vicar General, 1st Councilor

Currently Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute

Fr. Timothy MacDonald, SA

2nd Councilor

2nd Councilor, Guardian and Administrator at the Paul Wattson Friary in Toronto

Fr. Daniel Callahan, SA

3rd Councilor

Elected 3rd Councilor in 2014, then re-elected in 2019, is currently serving as Pastor of St. Joan of Arc Church in Toronto

Fr. Robert Langone, SA

4th Councilor, Associate Pastor at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Canada

“We must look first to our hearts to make sure peace reigns in our hearts. It if reigns there, we can bring peace to the world.”

LEARN ABOUT THE FRIARS & THEIR MINISTRIES

Brother Thomas Banacki, SA

He creates a sense of Franciscan hospitality and welcome where one feels safe and at ease.

Fr. Edward Boes, SA

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he became a Friar of the Atonement in August 1992, professing first vows in 1994 and final vows in 1997. Fr. Ed was ordained to the priesthood in 1998.

Fr. Martin Carter, SA

A Founder of 'Kujenga', an organization dedicated to nurturing leadership abilities among black Catholic youth.

Fr. Kenneth Cienik, SA

Ministering at St. Christopher’s Inn

He is a retired Commander in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy Reserve.

Fr. Patrick Cogan, SA

He recently served as Executive Coordinator of the Canon Law Society of America, a position he also held from 1992 to 1999.

Fr. Gerald DiGiralamo, SA

A Franciscan Friar of the Atonement for over 50 years.

Fr. William Drobach, SA

Most recently served as the Friars' Novice Director.

Fr. Francis Eldridge, SA

Founding Guardian of Manatí, Puerto Rico, Friary

Received the Franciscan Federation Peacemaker Award for being a passionate Franciscan. Fr. Frank is the Founding Guardian of the new Friary for the Friars of the Atonement in Manatí, Puerto Rico.

Fr. David Fitzgerald, SA

Pastor of St. Andrew's since 1999. He currently resides at Graymoor.

Fr. James Gardiner, SA

Director of Special Projects

Director of special projects at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America chair of the Washington Archdiocesan Holy Land Committee

Fr. Arthur Gouthro, SA

Fr. Arthur has been on assignment in various parts of the United States and Canada.

Br. Gerard Hand, SA

Br. Gerard retired to the Friars’ house at Waverly Place in New York City

Fr. Joseph Hiramatsu, SA

Regional Minister, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish

Chairperson of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph School in Tsurumi

Brother Daniel Houde, SA

Graymoor Book and Gift Center

Fr. John J. Keane, SA

Author, Culture and Theological Reflections on the Japanese Quest for Divinity.

Brother Charles Kenney, SA

Ministering at St. Christopher’s Inn.

Fr. Damian MacPherson, SA

Is a frequent contributor to Toronto Register, and has received Catholic Press Awards.

Fr. Elias Mallon, SA

External Affairs Officer for CNEWA

Involved in the Roman Catholic/Christian-Muslim dialogue and issues of interreligious cooperation for conflict transformation.

Brother Louis Marek, SA

Vicar/Administrator

Vicar/Administrator at the Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, MA

Brother Theodore Novak, SA

Born and raised in Middletown, CT, he entered the Fraternity upon his graduation from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1959. Bro. Ted professed first vows in 1962 and made his final vows in 1967.

Brother Joseph F. O’Gara, SA

Healthcare Coordinator

Is the Healthcare Coordinator for the Friars.

Brother John O’Hara, SA

Lectures on the Expression of One’s Spirituality through Photographic Process.

Fr. Thomas Orians, SA

Director, Graymoor Spiritual Life Center

Director of the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, and he is Associate Director of the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII).

Fr. Bernard Palka, SA

Was born in Hempstead, NY, in 1944, and raised in Hicksville, NY.

Fr. David Poirier, SA

Organizes the Annual Halifax Paul Wattson Lecture which features speakers on interreligious and ecumenical topics.

Fr. Dennis Polanco, SA

President & Spiritual Director of St. Christopher’s Inn

President & Spiritual Director of St. Christopher’s Inn, the Friars’ residential shelter and substance abuse treatment center at Graymoor in Garrison, New York.

Fr. James Puglisi, SA

Director, Centro Pro Unione

Director of the Centro Pro Unione, a ecumenical research and action center in Rome. He also has been appointed Post-Novitiate Director and Procurator General for a three-year term.

Fr. Charles Sharon, SA

Most recently served as Secretary General and 3rd General Councilor, followed by 4th General Councilor from 2014-2019.

Fr. Emil Tomaskovic, SA

Director of Special Gifts

Served as President of the New York Federation of Alcoholism Counselors.

Fr. Robert Warren, SA

Do-Not-Fear-To-Hope

Father Warren truly exemplifies the Franciscan spirit.