As a Brotherhood of Saint Francis of Assisi, we participate in the life of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and are thus empowered to joyfully live and preach the Gospel Life. Our mission is to proclaim by active and contemplative witness the truth that “God is with us”.

We seek to share the faith heritage of the Byzantine peoples with our Order and the whole Church.

We strive to live the Gospel Life in prayer, fraternity, and simplicity.

We strive to build up the People of God by sharing ourselves, our way of life and by risking everything for the growth of the Kingdom of God.

We strive to respect the image of God in each person we encounter; by seeking to peacefully reconcile the broken and suffering with Christ.

Although our ministry is primarily to Byzantine Catholics and the other members of the Franciscan Family, our hearts are especially open to all our brothers and sisters of the Catholic faith and we exclude no one in sharing the Good News.

Friar Jerome Wolbert, OFM
Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Assistant to the Secular Franciscan Order

"Zeal for your house consumes me, that I may praise God's name in song and glorify it with thanksgiving."
Seeking a life of peace and repentance through prayer, teaching, preaching ... ordained presbyter in 2008 ... case manager at Catholic Social Services in Hazleton ... editor for religious publications ... spiritual assistant for the Secular Franciscan Order ... pastor, St John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.


Please pray for our men in temporary vows: Jason and Max. Also those whom God is calling to join our fraternity. May God grant them a spirit of good and prayerful discernment.

Friar Augustine Paulik, OFM

       "Sing praise to the Lord for He is good, and His mercy lasts forever."
Marine ... construction worker ... office employee ... Franciscan ... porter-hospitality ... maintenance ... Music is the joyful service to the Lord.

Friar Anthony Skurla, OFM
Chaplain, Holy Annunciation Monastery

"I will love you O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my rock and refuge."
Prayer of the Kiss of Peace in Divine Liturgy guides his spiritual journey from Syracuse, NY to Chisolm, MN and on to the Byzantine Franciscans in New Canaan, CT and now Sybertsville, PA ... service: formation and administration.
Friar Jim


Friar Jim Carroll, OFM
Administrator, St Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Mahanoy City and St Mary's Church, Brockton

Friar Carmen

Friar Carmen Scuderi, OFM

"You have been told, O man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." ... striving to listen compassionately, to walk with another willingly, to instruct thoroughly and to learn constantly.