Friars

Fr. Thomas Franks, OFM Cap.
Pastor








(212) 564-9070 ext. 239 (Saint John the Baptist Rectory)
(917) 768-9490 (cell)
t.franks@christinthecity.nyc

Father Tom was installed as pastor of the Church of Saint John the Baptist in October 2011 and named pastor of the newly merged Parish of Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist in August 2015. He is guardian of the Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist fraternity and a member of the provincial council of the Province of Saint Mary of the Capuchin Order. He is spiritual assistant to the Secular Franciscans, Saint Elizabeth-Saint Louis Fraternity. He is also deputy chief chaplain for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Fr. Ernest Bedard, OFM Cap.
Parochial Vicar








(212) 246-4732 ext. 17 (Holy Cross Rectory)
e.bedard@christinthecity.nyc

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.
Parochial Vicar









(212) 564-9070 ext. 237 (Saint John the Baptist Rectory)
j.riordan@christinthecity.nyc

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.
Parochial Vicar












(212) 246-4732 ext. 16 (Holy Cross Rectory)
m.vricella@christinthecity.nyc

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. 

Bro. Salvatore Patricola, OFM Cap.
Deacon














(212) 564-9070 ext. 241 (Saint John the Baptist Rectory)

Brother Salvatore arrived at Holy Cross-Saint John the Baptist on Oct. 11, 2015, for his second assignment to the parish, having served here before, from 2001 to 2010. He was ordained a permanent deacon on Feb. 11, 1978. He serves as minister of hospitality along with 20 volunteers serving at the parish gift shop. He conducts daily Communion services and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. He also conducts adult formation sessions and serves as spiritual assistant to the Solanus Casey Guild.

Bro. Anthony Zuba, OFM Cap.
Parochial Staff

(212) 246-4732 ext. 29 (Holy Cross Rectory)
(347) 751-4680 (cell)
a.zuba@christinthecity.nyc

Brother Anthony is the parish animator for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. With a background in community organizing, he is mobilizing members of the parish for direct action in faith-rooted campaigns for workers, immigrants, and the environment. He also provides material and spiritual support for the parish food pantries, Saint John Bread of Life and Crossroads. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University and a Master of Theology degree from Boston College.