ABOUT US

Meet the Friars

Fr. Bob Johnnene, OFM
Fr. Bob Johnnene OFM founded the Ecumenical Order Franciscans of Mercy in 2003, also founded Mission Saints Sergius & Bacchus in 2002.
Both are all-inclusive, welcoming & affirming Independent Catholic ministry for ALL God's children, especially those who feel unwanted, rejected or alienated for any reason, to let them know God loves them exactly as He created them & that He desires them to fully partake of their Baptismal rights in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Universal Church and experience all the gifts which God bestows upon them. All applicants, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status are welcome to pursue a vocation with this Order if they feel called by the Holy Spirit and have discerned a life-long path inside the sibling hood of this spiritual family of companions. All ages 18+ are welcome as well as those who aspire to the lay Third Order.
Sister Tanya Duval, OFM
Friar Paul Meyers, OFM
Sister Tanya is a Eucharistic Minister serving nursing homes in New England. Sr. Tanya mainly counsels LGBTQ youth with an emphasis on transgender teens.  She ministers in the Worcester Southbridge region of Massachusetts. She also weekly assists Fr. Bob in the nursing home ministries.
Friar Paul is the semi-retired former pastor of St. Anthony Hermitage in Kennesaw, GA, and has been a Franciscan for 52 years.
Bishop William Heller

Bishop Bill is the Bishop Protector of the Order. In addition he is the Bishop of the Diocese of St. John XXIII.
Fr. Bob Johnnene OFM founded the Ecumenical Order Franciscans of Mercy in 2003, also founded Mission Saints Sergius & Bacchus in 2002.