Alexander (A.J.) LaPoint – Director

AJ LaPoint

A.J. was born and raised in Plattsburgh, New York.  He holds a Masters of the Arts degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Catholic University Leadership from Boston College and a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Creative Arts and a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Mathematics from Siena College.  A.J. is a former FrancisCorps volunteer, having served with FrancisCorps 10 (2008-2009) in Syracuse at the Assumption Food Pantry and Franciscan Northside Ministries. After spending time working with young adults and their personal, professional and spiritual development, A.J. joined the FrancisCorps staff in 2014, becoming the Director in 2015.  He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Volunteer Network.  A.J. is thrilled and excited to be lending his experience and skills to help FrancisCorps continue to be the fantastic and life changing experience it is!

Areas of Responsibility
The FrancisCorps Director is responsible for the FrancisCorps program in its entirety.  The Director oversees the volunteers, the day-to-day operations of the program, as well as future planning.

Want to contact AJ? Email him at or call him at 315-299-2427.

Jenny Rose Anacan – Associate Director

Jenny Rose was born in Quezon City, Philippines, but grew up on O’ahu, Hawai’i. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Christian studies from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a Master of Science in Higher Education and Students Affairs Administration from Canisius College. Jenny Rose was part of FrancisCorps 20 (2018-2019) where she served at Catholic Charities of Onondaga County’s Vincent House on the west side of Syracuse as the After School Program Coordinator. Jenny Rose is excited to return to Syracuse and serve God’s calling.

Areas of Responsibility
The FrancisCorps Associate Director is primarily responsible for walking with potential volunteers who apply to FrancisCorps, but also assists in all facets of the FrancisCorps program.

Want to contact Jenny Rose? Email her at or call/text her at 315-299-3343.

Friar Richard Riccioli, OFM Conv. – Chaplain

Friar Rick

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 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.

Areas of Responsibility
The FrancisCorps Chaplain supports the spiritual and formative development of the volunteers, particularly with retreats. The Chaplain may also help out the Director in other capacities from time to time.

Want to contact Friar Rick? Email him at

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