Team Members

Brother Thomas Banacki, SA

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

Fr. Kenneth Cienik, SA

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. David Fitzgerald, SA

Pastor of St. Andrew's since 1999. He currently resides at Graymoor.
Father Jim Gardiner, SA

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. 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 at the Chapel of Our Savior in Brockton, MA

Br. Paolo S. Nicosia, SA

Serves as Guardian and Postulant Director of the Friars’ Formation House in Assisi.

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.
Father Tom Orians, SA

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. 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


Father Warren truly exemplifies the Franciscan spirit.