Fr. Tom Washburn, OFM – Chair
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.
Patrick Martin, OFS – Vice President
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.
Rebecca Lynes, CFP, CRPC – Secretary/Treasurer
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Thomas McGregor, Returned Missioner (El Salvador and Colombia, 2000-2002)
Thomas is the Vice President (Corporate Portfolio Manager) of BankUnited, N.A. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, he first came to embrace his faith in college through the university Catholic Newman Center. Listening to the Gospel and feeling called to live out Christ’s call to mission, he later served for two years as a director of a Mexican homeless shelter on the U.S./Mexico border. Inspired by this work, but desiring a more interpersonal experience of mission, he was drawn to Franciscan Mission Service, serving for one year in El Salvador and two years Colombia. In addition to his work in finance, he also serves on the council of his local TEC (To Encounter Christ) Young Adult community and helps to lead their bi-annual retreats. Thomas loves the way Pope Francis is bringing a Franciscan heart to the Church and is excited for what that means for the future. As he says, “this is just a fabulous time to be part of the Franciscan family!”
Laurel is an Assistant Attorney General at the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Her first job as an attorney was with the nonprofit New Hampshire Legal Assistance where, for over 10 years, she represented women needing restraining orders from their abusers, families fighting evictions, families fighting to get benefits to enable them to provide for their children, and senior citizens trying to live out their years in dignity. Laurel has thee children and six grandchildren who keep her very busy and fill her life with joy. As an active member of her community, she is on the Board of Directors at her community center, a Girl Scout leader, and has done the costuming for the high school shows for over 20 years.Laurel has been a member of St. Thomas Aquinas parish, and over the last 30 years has served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Youth Minister, and Retreat Director for the Confirmation Program. It was at St. Thomas Aquinas where she befriended Fr. Tom Washburn, OFM, who then introduced her to Franciscan Mission Service. She appreciates this opportunity to volunteer outside of her local community.