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Fr. Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M. ext. 224 Pastor
Fr. Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M. is the Pastor of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, where he has served since 1995. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., a Master of Divinity from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and currently is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke University in Durham, NC where he was admitted into the 2011 inaugural class. A Franciscan Friar of Holy Name (New York) Province, Mark served as a chaplain in the United States Navy Chaplain Corp for 13 years in the Navy Reserves, including active duty in Kuwait for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He currently volunteers as a chaplain to the City of Raleigh Police Department and with the friars of St. Francis, provides sacramental ministry to North Carolina’s maximum security Central Prison and Butner Federal Correctional Institution. A great supporter of Catholic Education and Formation, he is a member of the board of trustees of Cardinal Gibbons H.S. in Raleigh and serves as Dean (Vicar Forane) of the Raleigh Deanery covering the 14 parishes of Wake and Franklin Counties
Fr. David McBriar, O.F.M. ext. 261 Associate Pastor
David McBriar grew up in northern New Jersey, the oldest of four children. After college, he joined the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province and in 2008 he celebrated 50 years as a friar. David was the first Franciscan pastor of St. Francis, and when his term as pastor was complete here, he became pastor of Immaculate Conception in Durham. He has returned to St. Francis as a senior friar.
Fr. Bill McConville, O.F.M. ext 223 Associate Pastor
Bill McConville is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province. He was received into the Franciscan Order in 1966 and was ordained a priest in 1973. He was educated at Catholic University (B.A.), the Washington Theological Union (M.A.), and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.), and the University of Tuebingen, Germany.
He comes to St. Francis from Siena College in Albany, N.Y. where he served as President (1989-1996) and Professor of Religious Studies (1997-2001). Previous to his time at Siena he taught at Regis University (Denver), the University of Montana, and the Washington Theological Union, where he served as Director of the Program in Mission and Cross-Cultural Studies. In the Fall of 1999 he was Catholic scholar in residence at Smith College, Northampton, MA. He currently sits on the Boards of St. Leo University (Florida) and the United States Catholic China Bureau.
His intellectual interests include the history of early Christianity, nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy and theology, American Catholicism, and the relationship of Catholicism to culture. For pleasure he enjoys reading (art history, biography, poetry, Southern and Irish literature, politics), serious weight lifting, not so serious golf, hiking, and music (classical, country, and 60's rock).