Our Friars and Support Staff

Our Friars and Support Staff2019-11-07T14:40:17-05:00

Our CNSA Friars

Fr. Christopher Panagoplos, T.O.R (Above left)

  • President-in-Turn
  • Provincial Spiritual Assistant, Immaculate Conception Province, T.O.R.
  • Regional Spiritual Assistant, Lady Poverty Region
  • Priest Chaplain at Altoona Regional Health System
    St. Joseph Friary, Hollidaysburg, PA
  • Email:  XtoferTOR@aol.com

Br. Alexander Escalera, OFM Cap. (Above center)

  • Provincial Spiritual Assistant, Western America OFM Capuchin Province, Burlingame, CA
  • Regional Spiritual Assistant, St. Junipero Serra Region
  • Email:  siralisander@yahoo.com

Fr. Jerome Wolbert, OFM (Above right)

  • Provincial Spiritual Assistant, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OFM) Province
  • Guardian, Holy Dormition Byzantine Franciscan Friary, Sybertsville, PA
  • Pastor, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Hazelton, PA
  • Email: jeromeofm@gmail.com

Fr. Chris Shorrock, OFM Conv.

  • Former National Spiritual Assistant to the OFS National Fraternity in Australia
  • Doctor of Theology
  • Taught at the Catholic Theological College in Melbourne, Australia, and the Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, UK
  • Currently resides in Chicago at the House of Formation for St. Bonaventure Province, OFM Conv.
  • Adjunct lecturer at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Hales Corner, WI
  • Email:  chris_80@hotmail.com

CNSA Support Staff

Miriam Kennedy, OFS

  • CNSA Executive Secretary
  • Contact for Visitations and Establishment Documents
  • Editor, St. Elizabeth of Hungary Region Newsletter, “The Herald”
  • Formation Team member, St. Francis Fraternity, Tewksbury MA
  • Spiritual Assistant, St. Anthony Fraternity, Nashua NH
  • Email:  mekofs@gmail.com, cnsasecularfranciscansusa@gmail.com

Mary Frances Charsky, OFS

  • CNSA Treasurer
  • Regional Spiritual Assistant, St. Kateri Tekakwitha Region
  • Local Spiritual Assistant
  • Email:  mfcharsky@gmail.com

Franciscan Family Council

In Our Life-Giving Union – Discernment & Discussion, held in St. Louis August 26th – 29th, 2019, a recommendation was made to form a “Franciscan Family Council” to facilitate communication among the four chambers of the heart of the Franciscan Family: The Friars (1st Order OFM, Capuchin, Conventual, and TOR), the Poor Clares, the various Franciscan Sisters (and Brothers) communities, and the Secular Franciscans.

See the Spiritual Assistant Resources page for documents from the Conference. The CNSA will be working with the various chambers of the heart of the Franciscan Family to determine how the recommended Council will be formed, its charter and, etc. during the remainder of 2019 and into 2020.