Patrick Martin, OFS – Chair
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.
Laurel O’Connor, Vice-Chair
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.
Terry Hurley – 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.
Fr. Brad A. Milunski, OFM Conv. – Secretary
Brad was born in 1965 and is originally from Amsterdam, NY. He studied philosophy and Franciscan studies at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in Granby, MA, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC. In 1989 he professed final vows as a Conventual Franciscan friar, was ordained to the priesthood in 1993, and served for three years in parish ministry. From 1996 to 2000, Brad studied in Rome, Italy, at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture in 2000. After further post-graduate studies, Brad served in the interprovincial ministry of initial formation in both Indiana and the greater Washington, DC area. From 2010 to 2014, Brad was pastor of Assumption Church in Syracuse, NY. Brad currently serves as Vicar Provincial of the Our Lady of the Angels Province, formed in 2014 as the union of the former St. Anthony of Padua and Immaculate Conception Provinces and headquartered in Ellicott City, MD. He is also Director of Post-Novitiate Formation at St. Bonaventure Friary, Silver Spring, MD.
Fr. David Gaa, OFM
Fr. David is the Provincial Minister for the St. Barbara Province on the West Coast of the U.S. Fr. David spent seven years as pastor of a parish in Kazakhstan and more recently as pastor of Mission San Xavier del Bac, on a Native American Reservation in Arizona for six years. In 2016, Fr. David was elected Provincial Minister and has held the post since then. Fr. David has joined the FMS board to support “the wonderful opportunity for young people to engage in the divine exchange between rich and poor, that occurs when we are generous and self-giving in our mission.”
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?”
Pat is currently the Principal Director for Joint Operational Programs for Aerospace at the Goddard Space Flight Center in MD, supporting remote sensing and environmental monitoring and weather programs. She is a lector and Chair of the Finance Council for her parish in Reston, VA, St John Neumann, and also on the Board of Directors for InTrust and the Washington Theological Union.
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!”
Emmjolee is Associate Director of Campus Ministry and Community Service at Catholic University’s Office of Campus Ministry. She graduated from Catholic University with a BA in Politics and then volunteered for two years as a missionary serving in Punta Gorda, Belize. At CUA, Emmjolee worked to develop missionary programs in the United States, bringing college students back to Belize, as well as to Jamaica, Tanzania, Costa Rica, and Mexico. In addition, she has a master’s degree from the National Catholic School of Social Service focusing on social justice and social change.
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.
Sr. Patricia D. Reid, OSF
Sr. Pat has been an Allegany Franciscan for more than 50 years. She was born in Bronx, NY, and after graduation from high school went to St. Clare Hospital School of Nursing and graduated as a registered nurse. She received her Masters at Loyola in Maryland, entered the Franciscan Sisters and shortly thereafter continued her ministry in the healing profession in Brazil, where she served as a nurse, midwife, counselor and retreat director for 40 years. Sr. Pat speaks fluent Portuguese and learned a great deal from Brazilians about hospitality, living with less, and the importance of family and community. She was elected as a councilor to her order’s leadership team, where she served for eight years.
Jeff Sved, Returned Missioner (Bolivia, 2013-2016)
Jeff is a returned lay missioner with FMS. After four years serving in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Jeff is now the director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern at St. Bonaventure University. He spent most of his time in Bolivia in the Cochabamba prisons, working alongside incarcerated carpenters, leather-workers, and artisans. Favorite memories from Cochabamba include good food with good people, sharing stories, and the pilgrimages during celebrations.