Father James Barnett is a priest of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great. He was ordained in 1965. Father Barnett has served in Bolivia, Honduras and El Salvador. Recently, he worked in campus ministry at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Currently, Father Barnett lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where he serves as student master for the Dominican Priory at the Aquinas Institute of Theology.
“The best years of my life were spent with the poor in Central America. Every weekend I preach, I feel that I'm continuing to offer hope for my friends there and for many more families through (Unbound).”
— Father Barnett
Father Richard Bayuk is a priest of the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. He was ordained in 1975 and has served in a variety of ministries, including parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy, teaching, and, recently, as formation director at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. In addition to his ministry with Unbound, Father Bayuk is currently the vice-provincial for the Kansas City Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
“I am grateful that I have the opportunity to use my gifts as I invite people of faith to respond to the call of the gospel of compassion and justice and become sponsors.”
— Father Bayuk
Father Jerry Beat has been a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Kan., since 1963. He has served as a pastor at several parishes and also as a hospital chaplain. He has a long association with Unbound, begun during his 12 years in Venezuela with the Wichita diocesan mission. His time in Venezuela had the greatest impact on Father Beat’s life and ministry and prepared him for serving in Hispanic ministry back home in Kansas.
“It is a blessing for me to preach for (Unbound) because I can be a voice for the poor and become a bridge connecting families of different countries in God’s love.”
— Father Beat
Father Richard Broderick is a retired priest of the Diocese of Albany, N. Y. He was ordained in 1970. Throughout his priesthood he has been deeply involved with social-justice-oriented ministries and has worked extensively with the immigrant community. He also has been involved in prison ministry. He is the director of the Pueblo to People Project of Accompaniment and spends two months of the year serving in the Guatemalan missions. He enjoys biking, hiking and skiing.
“I feel that working with Unbound is a call from God that allows me to respond to the ‘cry of the poor.’”
— Father Broderick
Father Pat Dolan is a native of Ireland, ordained in 1971 for the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. He has served at several parishes as a parochial vicar and pastor and has also been a high school teacher and spiritual director. One of Father Dolan’s greatest experiences as a priest was the 11 years he spent as a missionary in Peru. Currently he is the pastor of the Shrine of St. Patrick in Laurie, Missouri.
“I have a great admiration for the work of Unbound. Its approach and style of outreach appeal to people and is truly the work of Christ’s church.”
— Father Dolan
Father G. William Fischer is a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, ordained in 1969. He has served as a pastor, high school teacher, retreat director and hospital chaplain in Michigan and Pennsylvania. Currently, he serves as chaplain for a retirement community. Like many Unbound priests, he has long been engaged in serving the poor. While living in Michigan, he founded a soup kitchen to help feed people in the inner city.
“I am able to invite others to participate in a ministry to the poor and marginalized, which helps make their faith commitment more personal and concrete.”
— Father Fischer
Father Gerald Flater is a priest of the United States Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. He was ordained in 1957 and then received his licentiate in sacred theology from Catholic University a year later. During his years as a priest, Father Flater has worked as a chaplain and pastor. He lives in the Boston area and currently serves as a mission speaker for his community, in addition to his preaching for Unbound.
“As missionaries in today's world, Oblates are called to involve themselves more fully in promoting the mission of the laity in the Church and in the world. What better reason for preaching for (Unbound)?”
— Father Flater
Father Cyrus Gallagher is a Capuchin Franciscan friar living in Colorado. Ordained in 1965, Father Gallagher has served as a high school teacher, diocesan director of marriage and family life, retreat master, vocation director, director of religious formation for his Capuchin community and, in various capacities, a preacher. In addition to his preaching for Unbound, he currently serves as a prison chaplain and in a Colorado Springs ministry.
“The personal relationship Jesus showed to people is made present by Unbound’s offer of personal relationship to individual children, youth and elders. I am honored to offer this to people in our parishes.”
— Father Gallagher
Father Patrick Geary was ordained in 1963. During the early years of his priesthood he worked primarily in Catholic education, serving in several high schools throughout the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. He has also served in campus ministry at Iowa State University and as a pastor. One of the highlights of his priesthood came while on sabbatical in Rome, when he celebrated Mass for Mother Teresa and members of her community.
“Unbound has given me the opportunity to become more aware of wordly conditions and our failure to remember and provide for our sisters and brothers.”
— Father Geary
Father Joseph Gosselin is a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette. He was ordained in 1965. He has served as a seminary faculty member and director for the La Salette community in the Philippines, and he has also studied in France and led groups for extensive workshops in Mexico. Recently he had a profound experience of immersion and service in Haiti and hopes to stay connected with the people there.
“I like the fact that Unbound helps the most marginalized of our people. It seems to complement my missionary experience, especially in Haiti.”
— Father Gosselin
Father John Graden was ordained for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1976. He has served in several parishes in Ohio, been a high school teacher and served his religious community in vocations and formation work. Father Graden has also been extensively involved in adult education and preaching parish missions. He considers the opportunity to experience the Church in different countries and cultural settings to be one of the great privileges of his life.
“It is part of my mission as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales to practice a priority for the poor. I have chosen Unbound as one of the ways I can do that.”
— Father Graden
Father Jerry Hackenmueller has been a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Minn., since 1969. Throughout most of his priesthood he has served as a pastor, mostly at parishes in his home diocese but also, for 11 years, in Venezuela. He especially values his time in Latin America and his work with Spanish-speaking communities in Minnesota. As one of Unbound’s bilingual priests, Father Hackenmueller brings a much-valued skill to his preaching ministry.
“I love the opportunity to help people on a one-to-one basis in all aspects of ministry.”
— Father Hackenmueller
Father Bob Hasenkamp was ordained for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kan., in 1963. He has served as a pastor at several parishes and as the director of the archdiocesan liturgy office. During a sabbatical in 1980, Father Hasenkamp visited retreat centers and houses of prayer throughout the world. Calling it one of the best years of his life, he credits this experience with helping him recommit to his priesthood and to the service of the poor.
“Working with Unbound is such a blessing to me. I find great satisfaction in knowing that I am helping to make a difference in the lives of some of the poorest families in the world.”
— Father Hasenkamp
Father Peter Hereley was ordained in 1963. He has been a pastor, campus minister and chaplain, prior for the Dominican community in River Forest, Ill., and, at one time, was a producer/director for Dominican Central productions in Chicago. Father Hereley has also served as the president of the American École Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem. Now living in the Chicago area, he is one of Unbound’s first preachers, having joined us in 1992.
“Unbound gives me an opportunity to carry out the Lord’s mandate: ‘As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
— Father Hereley
Father Martin Holler is a priest of the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, ordained in 1966. He has taught seminary philosophy at the college level and has served in campus ministry and as pastor at Christ the King University Parish at Ohio University. Through a connection with the university, Father Holler spent six months working at a school in Kenya, which was a personally transformative experience and led to his interest in Unbound.
“My pastoral work has given me many ways to notice and to reach out to the poor — to be a witness to the dignity of each person.”
— Father Holler
Father Jim Horath is a priest of the Diocese of Superior, Wis., Ordained in 1973, Father Horath has spent most of his life as a pastor. He now lives in retirement and enjoys serving his brother priests in the Diocese of Superior by filling in for them when they are away from their parishes. Fr. Horath recently began preaching for Unbound and is enjoying this new chapter to his priestly ministry.
“I believe in the work Unbound does and have been a sponsor for many years. I see preaching as an opportunity to use my God-given gifts to help others.”
— Father Horath
Father John Malasi Ighacho is a priest of the Diocese of Mombasa, Kenya, currently serving in the Diocese of Owensboro, Ky. Ordained in 1990, Father Ighacho has also served in Jamaica and Canada as a pastor and chaplain. He considers the experience of being able to work in different countries and relate to new people as a miracle, and he considers his work with Unbound an opportunity to express gratitude for all he has received.
“It is indeed very humbling and liberating to be the voice of Christ’s message of hope, compassion and love for the poor and the marginalized.”
— Father Ighacho
Father Tony Judge was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. He was professed as a Redemptorist in 1973 and ordained a priest in 1979. After ordination he lived and worked as a missionary in Brazil for almost 10 years. Since then Father Judge has served in parishes in Colorado, including an inner-city community in Denver, and also in Kansas. He is a member of the Redemptorist parish mission team, and is stationed in Chicago.
“My many experiences in Brazil opened my eyes and heart to the difficult reality of so many of our brothers and sisters who struggle with poverty each day.”
— Father Judge
Father Arthur Kirwin has been a priest since 1984 and currently lives in Texas, where he is the chaplain for a community of Dominican sisters. Throughout his priesthood he has served in parish ministry, hospital chaplaincy and within the Dominican community in vocations promotion and as prior. Father Kirwin has found prison ministry particularly rewarding because he has been blessed to witness inspiring acts of forgiveness and reconciliation.
“Unbound is action on behalf of justice as a constituent part of preaching the Gospel. In 11 years, I have never felt a weekend went without a graceful encounter.”
— Father Kirwin
Father John Kirwin is a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., ordained in 1966. Before serving as a pastor he was involved in Catholic education as a high school teacher and campus minister. He currently is enjoying retirement and helping out his brother priests as weekend pastoral support. Having recently joined the community of Unbound preachers, Father Kirwin believes this ministry helps keep him in touch with the Church universal.
“To accompany people on their journeys of faith has provided me with many privileged moments of grace.”
— Father Kirwin
Father George Knab is a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Ordained in 1967, he has been a high school chaplain and chaplain at university hospitals in Indianapolis, Ind. There he was involved in raising funds for a food storage outreach in Mexico, an experience he found especially rewarding. After serving as a pastor at parishes in South Carolina and Florida, Father Knab now preaches for Unbound and for the Oblate community.
“The gap between rich and poor is a countersign to the Gospel. Sponsorship through Unbound is a beautiful way to bridge the gap and make our religion more credible.”
— Father Knab
Father 'Rick' LaBrecque was ordained in New Hampshire in 1967. He is a priest for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Most of his priesthood has been spent serving the Spanish-speaking community, and he found the experience of helping to introduce Hispanic ministry to a traditional U.S. parish particularly rewarding. He has also served in vocations work, communications and continuing education, as well as organizing mission trips for parishioners to Honduras.
“Unbound gives me an opportunity to help connect people with our brothers and sisters in poorer parts of the world. It has also been a wonderful way to experience the church today around the country.”
— Father LaBrecque
Father Mark Lane is a priest of the Oratory Parish of St. Boniface in Brooklyn, N.Y. Ordained in Sydney, Australia in 1983, Father Lane came to the U.S. in 1991. In addition to serving as pastor, Father Lane has worked in publishing and served as a hospital chaplain and theology professor. Several trips to Kenya were a turning point for Father Lane, and it set him on a journey that eventually led to Unbound.
“I love that through our preaching we can help create relationships that will be beneficial in surprising and rewarding ways for both sponsors and sponsored persons.”
— Father Lane
Father Donald MacKinnon has been a Redemptorist priest since 1959. He has served primarily as an inner-city pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in the Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco for 25 years and the Kmhmú Laotian Pastoral Center in Richmond Calif., for more than 20 years. Father MacKinnon considers his preaching ministry with Unbound as way to give thanks for more than 50 years of serving as a priest.
“When I break the Host, I think of the people I’ve witnessed in Central America and elsewhere, who often have little to eat or good fresh water — or sometimes a roof to keep rain out.”
— Father MacKinnon
Father Tom Malloy is a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He was ordained in Philadelphia in 1967. During his more than forty-five years of priesthood, he has served as a high school teacher and a retreat director, and as a pastor at two different parishes. Among his most fulfilling experiences were directing high school theatrical productions, working in an AIDS hospice, and conducting retreats for recovering alcoholics.
“Lacking ability to work more closely with the poor and marginalized, I can use my talent for preaching in their service.”
— Father Malloy
Father Bill Martin is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, currently living in Vermont. After his ordination in 1963, he served as a high school teacher and prison chaplain. Most of his priesthood has been spent as a chaplain in the United States Air Force. During his military career, Father Martin's most notable experiences were helping to rescue a wounded fellow chaplain in Korea and celebrating Christmas Masses in the Egyptian desert.
“Who, in your opinion, made himself neighbor to the man who had fallen among thieves? They had to admit; the one who treated him with compassion!”
— Father Martin
Father Richard Mauthe is a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wis. He was ordained in 1958. Father Mauthe served as a Newman Center chaplain and a pastor. He is the first recipient of the John Henry Cardinal Newman Award by the National Association of Diocesan Youth Directors of Campus ministry. Father Mauthe is retired from active ministry, but he still provides substitute work during the summer in parishes that serve tourists in Door County, Wis.
“Apart from the years that Jesus Christ walked the earth in person, I have lived through the most explosive years of human history. What an honor to have been able to make some contribution.”
— Father Mauthe
Father Jerry Morgan is a priest of the Diocese of Salina, Kan. He was ordained in 1962. During his career he has been a teacher at various levels and served as a pastor at six different parishes. Currently he is the director of the diocesan finance office. His most fulfilling experiences as a priest have come in being able to accompany people during significant moments in their lives, such as weddings, funerals and baptisms.
“Poverty is not just a word. It is an experience, a sensation, a reality. It is a life of vulnerability, and I get to help change that vulnerability into self-sustenance.”
— Father Morgan
Father Francis Ndey was ordained in 1994 for the Diocese of Kumbo in Cameroon. He is currently studying canon law in Ottawa, Canada. During his summer break in 2013, Father Ndey traveled to the U.S. for the first time and preached for Unbound, while also helping out at a parish in the Diocese of Wichita, Kan. He greatly enjoyed his time here and his work with Unbound and hopes to continue with it in the future.
“Assistance given to the poor uplifts their human dignity. Without it, some of these children would never have gone through school and some of the sick would never have received medical help.”
— Father Ndey
Father Anthony Nguyen is a Redemptorist priest living in Berkeley, Calif., He was ordained in 1992. He currently serves as a director for the Redemptorist west coast mission team and frequently conducts missions in countries outside the U.S. Born in Vietnam, Father Nguyen especially enjoys helping to introduce people to Vietnamese culture and traditions. He also is a musical composer and writes articles on liturgy and sacred music for Church publications.
“Unbound ministries are based on the Gospel call not only to serve the poor, but also to serve them with love and dignity.”
— Father Nguyen
Father David Noone is a priest of the Diocese of Albany, N.Y., and is now living in North Carolina. He was ordained in 1966 and served as a pastor, hospital chaplain and as a hall rector at the University of Notre Dame. Father Noone enjoys traveling and has a relationship with a diocese in New Zealand where he has assisted in parishes. He has also become deeply involved in an outreach in Haiti. It was this experience that led him to an interest in preaching for Unbound.
“I see Unbound as a ministry through which I can continue to become more socially aware and share that awareness with others, encouraging them to help bring about change.”
— Father Noone
Father Jerry O’Shea was ordained for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1964. Early in his priesthood he served as a parochial vicar and, for 26 years, as a pastor. Recently he has been a senior priest in residence at a parish. One of his most profound experiences during his years of priesthood was providing pastoral care for a man who, after being shot in a robbery, became a quadriplegic yet held no bitterness toward his attacker.
“In my retirement years, I want to use my preaching ability to bring education and a decent way of living to young and old.”
— Father O'Shea
Father James O’Toole is a priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. He was ordained in 1964. He has served as a teacher and pastor, and spent 21 years as an Air Force chaplain serving in the U.S. Pakistan, Europe and the Middle East. Additionally, he spent several months working in Calcutta, India, with the Missionaries of Charity. Father O’Toole continues to travel to stay in touch with people living in poverty in the developing world.
“If we are to be followers of Jesus we must live as he lived, caring for others. I believe that if we seize every opportunity for good, we can push out the suffering in this world.”
— Father O'Toole
Father Roger Plante is a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette. He was ordained in 1961 and has served as a high school seminary headmaster and teacher, pastor and as provincial and various other offices for the La Salette community. In New Hampshire, Father Plante began a cooperative called F.O.O.D. (Friends Organizing for Ongoing Development). He has also preached missions for his community and, for the past 17 years, for Unbound.
“To work on behalf of the poor and marginalized energizes and motivates me to keep serving in this ministry for as long as I can do it well.”
— Father Plante
Father Justin Reis is a retired priest of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. He was ordained in 1964. During his priesthood he has served as a pastor, high school religion teacher, and prison chaplain. He has also served as a chaplain for the Knights of Columbus and been active in several spiritual programs and movements. As a pastor, he visited his parish’s sister community in El Salvador to lend support following the earthquake in 2001.
“I want to put a particular, human face on the missions. I want to encourage personal relationships with the poor and marginalized.”
— Father Reis
Father Mike Rieder was ordained in 1994 and is still actively serving as a priest of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. He has primarily served as a high school chaplain, a role in which he organized and accompanied several groups of students on Unbound (CFCA) service trips to Latin America. Most recently he has been the pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in Montauk, on the eastern end of Long Island.
“So much of what I stand for and believe in the depths of my heart has been enflamed by my encounters with the organization and individuals who are Unbound.”
— Father Rieder
Father Richard Schiblin is a Redemptorist priest residing in Berkeley, Calif. He was ordained in 1961. He has spent his priesthood serving the Redemptorist community in a variety of roles, including representing those serving poor communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America to his community’s general leadership in Rome. He presents parish retreats throughout the western United States in addition to his preaching role for Unbound. He enjoys hiking, reading, writing and music.
“Preaching on behalf of Unbound allows me to continue expressing my concern for the global poor.”
— Father Schiblin
Father Greg Schmitt was ordained as a Redemptorist priest on his 26th birthday in June 1969. Originally from Milwaukee, Wis., he has served in a variety of ministries, including retreat house preacher, parish mission preacher and pastor of several parish communities throughout the United States, including in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He lives in Chicago where he serves as a member of the Redemptorist mission team.
“It is my hope that, as a preacher, I will be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus, and let my voice be an echo of his.”
— Father Schmitt
Father Thomas Singer was ordained for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1957. Most of his ministry has been in formation and administration, having served as director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Ill., personnel director for the O.M.I. community; and U. S. General Councillor in Rome, Italy. In 1963 Father Singer helped launch a mission in Brazil, which he considers a personally transformative experience.
“Of all the organizations I know, I believe Unbound is one of the most personal and effective in making a real difference in the lives of needy children and elderly. Plus, Unbound has a sterling record of stewardship.”
— Father Singer
Father Richard Tillman was ordained in 1965. During a time of great change in both the Church and society, he served as the associate director of Catholic Charities and the Human Rights Commission for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He has also been a pastor at diverse communities in the inner-city, suburbs and rural parts of the archdiocese. For the past 10 years, Father Tillman has been actively working on behalf of immigration reform.
“Unbound has given me energy to continue to "spread the Good News" on a much broader scale and enriched my own spiritual life.”
— Father Tillman
Father Joseph Uecker was ordained in Ohio in 1968. He is a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Early on he served as a high school teacher, and then, for 34 years, as a pastor in the Diocese of San Angelo, Texas. One of the highlights of his priesthood was studying in Mexico City, which introduced him to Hispanic ministry and helped him hone his Spanish skills.
“I am no stranger to working with people who begin with a certain disadvantage. So it is a joy to preach to the advantaged for the sake of the disadvantaged.”
— Father Uecker
Father Ed Wiezcorek is a retired priest of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio. He was ordained in Rome ten days after the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. In addition to serving as a pastor at five different parishes over 46 years, he also served as a theology professor at St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland. In addition, Father Wieczorek was deeply involved in the developing Charismatic movement both in the U.S. and in Rome.
“Pope Francis has called us to turn our attention more to the poor and marginalized. I see preaching on behalf of Unbound as one important way for me to identify with that call and challenge.”
— Father Wieczorek
June 2, 1941 – June 28, 2014
Unbound preacher Rev. Peter Kohler, M.S., passed away on June 28, 2014. Father Kohler was a member of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette.
Father Pete preached for CFCA/Unbound since 1994 and over the years conducted 531 presentations in Catholic parishes around the country. Through his efforts he was able to help find sponsors for 19,587 children, youth and elders.
Prior to joining us, Father Pete had served as a missionary in the
U. S. as well as in Madagascar, South Africa and India. He was particularly moved by his experience in Madagascar and often referred to it in his preaching.
One of Father Pete’s favorite homily stories was about a Malagasy boy who had been born without arms and had grown up embittered. Through sponsorship, the young man found new hope and discovered the ability to paint with his feet. At the end of this story, Father Pete always took great delight in revealing a painting of a baobab tree that the young man had created and presented to him.
With gratitude for his life and ministry, we commend Father Pete to God’s loving arms. May he rest in peace.