About Us
Most Rev. Fr. Bob Johnnene OFM

Fr. Bob Johnnene OFM is the founder of the Ecumenical Order Franciscans of Mercy & in 2003, also
founded Mission Saints Sergius & Bacchus, an all-inclusive, welcoming & affirming Independent
Catholic ministry for ALL God's children, especially those who feel unwanted, rejected or alienated
for any reason, to let them know God loves them exactly as He created them & that He desires them
to fully partake of their Baptismal rights in the Mystical Body of Christ, the Universal Church &
experience all the gifts which God bestows upon them. All applicants, regardless of gender identity,
sexual orientation or marital status are welcome to pursue a vocation with this Order if they feel
called by the Holy Spirit & have discerned a life-long path inside the sibling hood of this spiritual
family of companions. All ages 18+ are welcome as well as those who aspire to the lay Third Order.
Friar Paul Meyers OFM

Friar Paul is the semi-retired former pastor of St.
Anthony Hermitage in Kennesaw, GA, and has
been a Franciscan for 52  years
.
Sister Tanya Duval OFM

Sister Tanya is a  Eucharistic Minister serving
nursing homes in New England. Sr. Tanya
mainly counsels LGBTQ youth with an emphasis
on trans gender teens in the Worcester
Southbridge region of Massachusetts. She also
weekly assists Fr. Bob in the nursing home
ministries.
Friar Jens Olin OFM

Friar Jens has been an assistant at the food pantry at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York, a
caregiver at Sylvia's Place LGBTQ youth services center in Times Square, a daily volunteer at the
St. Francis Breadline at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Manhattan as well as an archivist at the
Larry Rivers Foundation (also in NYC) before moving recently to Sarasota, Florida. Friar Jens is an
accomplished poet having writing previous books with Hanging Loose Press as well as
volunteering with homeless shelters, various meal distribution centers, soup kitchens and animal
rescue adoption programs. Current and future ministries include working with sex trafficking
survivors, local homeless outreach, helping school children, volunteering at the Motes Aquarium,
Meals-On-Wheels and completing a third book of poetry to console those who are marginalized and
feel unloved by God, misunderstood.