Early last year, the Friars unveiled a new statement of their Vision, Mission and Values, and commitment to bring the gifts of healing, peace and harmony to our world today. In almost a year since, they have delivered on this commitment by inviting others to participate in their continued journey. With more than thirty benefactor appreciation days across the United States, a global Atonement Franciscan Assembly last March, and the expansion of the Friars’ executive leadership team, the Friars have demonstrated their commitment to sharing and strengthening the foundation of their growing ministries and a Vision, Mission, Values statement that will lead the way to their 125th Anniversary celebration that begins December 15, 2023.
The Friars are happy to announce the appointments of the following individuals:
The first of these is Dr. Paul Lipowski. Paul joined the Friars in August, and has a long history of working closely with the Franciscans and directing his career to the furthering of the Franciscan mission. As the new Director of Charism Advancement and Chief Charism Officer, Paul possesses a wealth of experience in Francsican theology, religious education, strategic planning, recruitment and development and in nonprofit management. Dr. Paul’s heart is truly in line with the spirit of At-One-Ment, and will be a strong addition to the Graymoor team for years to come.
In the final week of 2022, the Friars announced that Joshua Queen, former Director of Digital Marketing and Strategy for Trailways, has joined the organization as its first Chief Marketing and Communications Officer. Joshua brings decades of experience in marketing and public relations that will enable the organization to continue expanding its global presence, drive innovation to serve its ministries, and bring healing to brokenness and division wherever it is. He will oversee B2B and B2C branding and marketing strategy and is responsible for strengthening overall brand awareness, value, and marketing competencies. Joshua serves on multiple boards and is pursuing his MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.
Finally, the Friars recently appointed Dr. Aaron Hollander, the Associate Director of Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), as the editor of Ecumenical Trends, GEII’s award-winning journal. Dr. Hollander is, of course, already very familiar with the mission of Christian unity, and now will work to bring new interviews, scholarship and important voices in ecumenism to the journal. Aside from his work in Graymoor, Dr. Hollander serves on the faculty for the Centro Pro Unione’s summer course in ecumenism, teaches theology at Fordham University, and was elected in 2022 as President of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, after a two-year term as its Vice President.
These newly appointed representatives illustrate the Friars’ continued commitment to growing the mission of At-One-Ment, and signal an exciting time of growth and development in the order’s work. The Vision, Mission and Values of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement was an important moment to direct the order’s energies, and to support the organization’s promise to “to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”