BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rebecca Lynes, CFP, CRPC - President
Rebecca learned about Franciscan Mission Service through Fr. George Corrigan, an individual who she says has always opened her eyes to new endeavors. She joined the Franciscan Mission Service Board of Directors in Spring 2011, and is inspired to be able to help “direct the organization on its path to being an important source of Christ’s peace, companionship, and acceptance to all people.” Rebecca lives in Leesburg, Va. and is a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch.
Sr. Cathy Cahill, OSF - Vice President
Sr. Cathy has been a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany (New York) for 50 years. Driven by Jesus’ command to love, she currently serves as the Director of the Franciscan Center in Tampa, Fla. – leading retreats across the country for people in AA and other 12 Step programs. Sr. Cathy became connected to Franciscan Mission Service through Fr. George Corrigan, President of the Franciscan Mission Service Board of Directors, and has served on the Board since January 2011. She is inspired by the “goodness and the energy of the young people involved [at Franciscan Mission Service]”, as it gives her hope for the continuation of the spreading of the Gospel.
Terry Hurley - Secretary/Treasurer
Terry is Vice President of Administration and CFO of Community Residences, Inc., an agency that serves people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities in Maryland and Virginia. He came to know Franciscan Mission Service through his friendship with fellow board member Sr. Cathy Cahill, OSF. He is a long-term member of St. John the Beloved Parish of McLean, Va., where he has participated in summer work camps with his wife Maureen and children Kevin and Katie.
Bob is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Fla., enjoys serving in a variety of parish organizations. In his active involvement in prison and homeless ministries, he exemplifies the Franciscan values of compassion, humility, and service to others. Bob is President of Mindshare Technology in Tampa and has spent his entire career in business development and sales.
Sam is a member of Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Fla. By joining the Board, he solidifies his long-term commitment to Franciscan Mission Service. He was introduced to Franciscan Mission Service by Fr. George Corrigan, OFM in 2010 and has since offered us in-kind consulting services and support. Sam is a founding partner of Ferlita, Walsh, & Gonzalez, P.A. and brings to the Board his expertise in accounting, as well as his commitment to serving others.
Jack has served on the Franciscan Mission Service Board of Directors since Spring 2011 and through his involvement hopes to ensure the continued viability of the organization. He became introduced to Franciscan Mission Service through two Returned Missioners, Don and Pat Clausen. Jack commented that the spirit of Casa San Salvador is contagious and brings vitality to every aspect of his life. Jack resides in Burke, Va., and is very active in the ministries of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Arlington.
Fr. John O’Connor, OFM
Fr. John is an OFM friar of Holy Name Province, which is the largest group of friars in the United States. Serving as Minister Provincial of these friars, he currently resides in New York City, which also happens to be where he grew up. Fr. John has been on the Franciscan Mission Service Board of Directors since 2009 and acts as the liaison between the English Speaking Conference of Provincials and Franciscan Mission Service.
Br. Joe Rogenski, OFM
Br. Joe has been a member of the Franciscan Mission Service Board of Directors since 2008. He is originally from southern Illinois, but currently lives in St. Louis, Mo. As a friar of the Province of Sacred Heart, Br. Joe serves as both the Director of the Franciscan Missionary Union and the Commissariat of the Holy Land. Br. Joe served as a missionary with the Interior Alaska Native Americans for 6 years, and has volunteered by visiting residents at the Veterans Home, teaching Religious Education classes, and serving with the Big Brothers program.
Doug has seen the direct impact of lay missioners on the receiving communities and the lasting effects felt by the missioners themselves and families and friends back home here in the U.S. Doug is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with more than 20 years of experience in the business world. Since returning from mission with Franciscan Mission Service (Brazil 2005-2009), he has served as an accountant for a firm that specializes in providing accounting and advisory services to small to medium sized non-profits in Northern New Jersey and New York City. Doug has been a parishioner of Saint Peter the Apostle Parish in River Edge, N.J. his entire life and serves in variety of their ministries. Also, Doug is an active member of the Hackensack, N.J. chapter of UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the U.S.
Patrick Martin, OFS
A Secular Franciscan, Patrick currently serves as the regional minister of St. Margaret Cortona region and is a member the St. Anthony of Nagasaki fraternity. The fraternity meets monthly at Franciscan Mission Service's Casa San Salvador where many missioners, both those preparing and those returning, join in for prayer and ongoing formation. Patrick is also a parishioner of St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill where he led a JustFaith group, which sparked for him an interest in global issues. In 2007, he was a founding member and, subsequently, co-chair of the Archdiocese of Washington’s Global Solidarity Committee, charged by Cardinal McCarrick with animating the U.S. Bishops’ letter to parishes, “Called to Global Solidarity.” In 2006 he left his position at American University to help open the archdiocesan Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, one of 25 schools across the country that serves the children of low income families exclusively with a college prep education and an innovative work/study program.
Fr. Jim Gardiner, SA
In 1961, Fr. Jim took his first vows with the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. He is the former director of the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison, N.Y. Currently, Fr. Jim is director of special projects at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America chair of the Washington Archdiocesan Holy Land Committee, regional representative for the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers, and vice president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council. His first involvement with Franciscan Mission Service was leading a seminar on Christian-Buddhist relations. When asked about his decision to join the board, Fr. Jim said, "Franciscan Mission Service is such a good idea -- Franciscan, collaborative, mission-driven, next generation; who wouldn't want to contribute to it?"
Lee Lechtenberg, Returned Missioner (Bolivia, 2007-2009)
Receiving a college education in psychology and theology, Lee had a diverse professional career, including teaching at a boys’ boarding school in Wisconsin, campus ministry at University of Detroit, as well as engineering and consumer design work in Boston and Detroit. After seeing their sons through college, Lee and his wife, Jean, took a leap of faith, sold their house, and joined Franciscan Mission Service Class 23 (2007-09). With Jean, Lee served both the students at the college in Carmen Pampa (Universidad Academica Campesina) as well as the families of the pueblo of Carmen Pampa. Since returning, Lee has shared his mission experience through his art, especially portraits celebrating the beauty and presence of Bolivia and its people. As an artist, Lee creates pictures and symbols that bring faith alive in today’s culture. Another of his artistic interests directly related to Franciscan Mission Service is how faith translates into changing native cultures. Grateful for the formation he received from Franciscan Mission Service, Lee is ready to give back as a new board member.
Fr. Wayne Hellmann, OFM (Conv.)
Fr. Wayne is a Conventual friar of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation and continues to serve as Professor of Historical Theology at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. In his province he has served as formation director, definitor, and Minister provincial. At Saint Louis University he has served as director of graduate programs and as chair of the Department of Theological Studies. His academic and pastoral interests have been in Medieval Theology, specifically in the Franciscan school. In this area, he has published academically and conducted retreats and workshops in many parts of the world, and especially in Africa. He first learned about Franciscan Mission Service through his first cousin and confrere, Fr. Martin Day, outgoing board member.
Fr. Tom Washburn, OFM
Fr. Tom is a Franciscan friar of the Immaculate Conception Province who joined the Franciscan Mission Service Board of Directors in 2013. He first heard about Franciscan Mission Service through his work as the Executive Secretary of the English Speaking Conference of the Franciscan Order, coordinating ministries between OFM members of the Franciscan family in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Malta, and Lithuania. He also makes time for more directly pastoral ministry, facilitating retreats, coordinating the Confirmation program in his home parish in Boston, and taking preaching assignments each year to speak about the good works that Franciscan friars and lay people like Franciscan Mission Service are doing around the world.