Fr. Thomas Franks, OFM Cap.
Fr. Ernest Bedard, OFM Cap.
Father Ernie comes to us from Holyoke, Mass. Prior to
becoming a friar, he worked for a few years for an organization that provided
day services for people with disabilities. He joined the Capuchin Franciscans
in 2002, earning his Bachelor of Arts summa
cum laude from Emmanuel College, Boston, in sociology with a minor in philosophy
in May 2007. He earned his Master of Divinity in 2011 and his Master of
Theology in 2012 from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. While at
Boston College, he served for one year as director of youth ministry at St.
Mark Parish in Dorchester, Mass. For three years, he worked with the parish
communities of Holy Family (Sagrada Familia) and Blessed Mother Teresa in
Dorchester, serving as a CCD teacher, an RCIA co-coordinator, and a youth
minister. On Oct. 8, 2011, he was ordained to the transitional diaconate at St.
Ignatius Church on the Boston College campus. On June 16, 2012, he was ordained
to the priesthood by Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, at
Sacred Heart Church, Yonkers, N.Y. He serves as the local house priest for FDNY
Rescue 1. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and loves sports, especially the
Boston Red Sox, the New York Mets, and the New England Patriots.
Fr. John Baptist Riordan, OFM Cap.
(212) 564-9070 ext. 237 (Saint John the Baptist Rectory)
Father John Baptist coordinates the monthly all-night vigil. He is spiritual
assistant to the Secular Franciscans, Saint John Fraternity, supervising their
formation. He is involved with the local liturgical and sacramental ministries
and in retreat ministry. His pastoral motto is to help people see the presence
of Christ in their own hearts and the world around them in Midtown. In his
quiet moments, he is working on a crime novel. Born in Woodhaven, Queens, he
entered the Capuchin Order on Aug. 31, 1963, and was ordained to the priesthood
on Sept. 11, 1971. He has Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees
from Maryknoll School of Theology and an MS in pastoral counseling from Iona
College, with additional studies at Catholic University of America.
Fr. Michele Vricella, OFM Cap.
Father Mike, a member of the Capuchin Franciscans for the last 11 years, was born and raised in Brooklyn. For seven years he was stationed in Boston, where he was involved in ministry to the Chinese Catholic community, the Office of the Propagation of the Faith, and inner-city parishes. He was also an assistant chaplain at Boston University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and religious studies at Emmanuel College and a Master of Divinity degree from St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Mass. On June 13, 2015, he was ordained to the priesthood and assigned to Holy Cross-St. John the Baptist.