About our Friars

The friars live a communal life according to the Rule of St. Francis and the Constitutions of the Order of Friars Minor, Conventual. The friars desire to live together “as a family.” They share their Franciscan life and spirituality by praying together and recreating together, by having common meals together and by supporting one another in their respective ministries.

The Conventual Franciscan Friars of the St. Anthony of Padua Province began serving the parish in 1981 while Fr. William Vaskas was the pastor. Fr. Vaskas, a diocesan priest who had been the parish’s pastor since 1968, welcomed the youthful enthusiasm and needed help the friars brought. Fr. Vaskas retired at the end of 1981 and was succeeded by Fr. Robert Kennedy, who sadly died less than a month after becoming pastor in January of 1982. Fr. John McGuirl was called upon to step in as the parish administrator after the untimely death of Fr. Kennedy. Fr. McGuirl served for less than two years; then the friars took over the administration of the parish.    The first to come to Most Holy Trinity were Fr. Anthony Lesniak, OFM Conv., Fr. Ronald Roll, OFM Conv and Fr. Julio Martinez, OFM Conv. In August of 1984 Fr. Francis Lombardo, OFM Conv. came to Trinity and became the parish’s first Franciscan pastor. Fr. Raphael Zwolenkiewicz OFM Conv., Fr. Tomasz Ryba OFM Conv. and Fr. Nader Ata OFM Conv. are the friars presently ministering at Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Church. In residence is Fr. Russell Governale OFM Conv.

On May 1, 2014, the Saint Anthony of Padua Province merged with the Immaculate Conception Province; both provinces were geographically located on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The newly merged province, under the title of “Our Lady of the Angels” became heir to the work and ministry of the friars of the two former provinces.

Most Holy Trinity–St. Mary Church continues to be home to the friars of the new province.  The Administrative Offices for The Conventual Franciscan Friars of the Our Lady of the Angels Province are now located in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Friars who have been assigned to Most Holy Trinity – St. Mary Church
Friars Anthony Lesniak, Ronald Roll, Julio Martinez, Ken Ward, Ross Syracuse, Larry Thorton, Edwin (Christopher) Lucas, Francis Lombardo, Dennis Grumsey, Michael Dean, Thomas Merrill, Russell Governale, Fred Wise, Stephen McMichael, Sam Savage, Jose Eduardo Medeiros, Vincent Imhof, Santo Cricchio, Timothy Dore, Edwin Mendez, Vincent Vivian, Joseph Kerwin, Michael Mendola, Marcel Sokalski, Pedro de Oliveira, Vincent Rubino, Edgar Ramirez, Michael Toczek, Darek Barna, Mietek Wilk, Michael Lasky, Nick Spano and Greg Spuhler, Fr. Pedro DeOliveira, Fr. Justin Biase, Gabriel Scasino, and Jose Guadalupe Matus Castillo, as well as a number of seminarian friars.

Are you interested…..
in learning more about the life of our friars?
in becoming a Conventual Franciscan Friar?
Please visit the web site of the Conventual vocation directors
of the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland at: www.franciscans.org.
Our province vocation director at the following address, phone number and email:
Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.
190 Bedford Ave. #306
Brooklyn NY 11249 USA
Tel: 1-718-510-5822

See also the following web address:
http://www.franciscans.org/en/contact/vocation-directors-contact-info/