Fr. Steve Patti x224
Fr. Steve was born in Boston and grew up in nearby Burlington, MA. He joined the friars in 1994 after having served for a year as a volunteer at St. Francis Inn, a soup kitchen in Philadelphia staffed by Franciscan friars. He was ordained in 2001 and has served in Wilmington, DE; Durham NC (at Immaculate Conception); Providence RI; and at the St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia.
Steve is a fan of all the Boston sports teams. He is an avid reader of fiction, history, poetry, and spirituality/theology, and also likes to go to the movies, and to visit art museums. When he gets the chance, he loves to hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with family and friends, and to spend time at his family’s lake house near the New Hampshire/Maine border.
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Fr. David McBriar x261
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. William McConville x223
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).
Fr. Steve Kluge x226
Fr. Steve Kluge (pronounced Kloo-gee), originally from New Jersey, is a Franciscan friar currently serving in the parish. He loves holding the door on Sunday mornings greeting the Saints of God. He and Fr. Steve Patti were ordination classmates, ordained on the same day in 2001. He is a talented and good friar and we are very happy that he is part of the friar community at St. Francis. Click here for poems and reflections by Fr. Steve K.