Our Friars and Support Staff

Our Friars and Support Staff2020-08-11T09:56:25-04:00

Our CNSA Friars

Fr. Christopher Panagoplos, T.O.R (Above third from 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 right)

  • 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 second from left)

  • 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. (Above left)

  • 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 Forum

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Mission:  The Franciscan Family Forum seeks to sustain the life-giving union of the Franciscan family by building relationships and offering assistance through dialogue to address the contemporary challenges that we face in living the Gospel life.

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