A.J. was born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York. After attending Siena College where he received a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Creative Arts and a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Mathematics, A.J. spent time working in theatre and higher education before joining FrancisCorps in the summer of 2008. While with FrancisCorps, A.J. worked at the Assumption Food Pantry and Franciscan Northside Ministries.
After FrancisCorps, A.J. spent time as a Postulant with the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province in Boston, M.A., he was a Resident Hall Director at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and then completed his Masters of the Arts degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Catholic University Leadership at Boston College. After completing his MA, A.J. worked as the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at Mount Saint Mary College. A.J. rejoins FrancisCorps, thrilled and excited to lend his experience and skills to help FrancisCorps continue to be the fantastic and life changing experience it is!
Friar Rick was born in Montréal, Québec and raised in the city’s south shore suburb of Brossard. He professed his vows as a Franciscan Friar in 1983 and was ordained a priest in 1990. The ministries in which he was served include: vocation director, formation director, magazine editor and parish priest. He has also been part of the Friar’s leadership council in Canada. Friar Rick’s education includes a Master of Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC and a Master of Science degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University in Maryland.
Friar Rick has been on the board of directors of various not-for-profit organizations in Toronto, Ontario serving homeless women, creating opportunities for independent living for people with disabilities and providing specialized addiction services for people with HIV. He has also taught Pastoral Counseling at the Toronto School of Theology in the University of Toronto.