Franciscan Friars at Siena College

Friars at Siena

Meet the friars who currently live and work at the Siena College Friary.

Fr. Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M

Fr. Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M.
Fr. Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M.

Fr.  Mark G. Reamer, O.F.M., a native of New Jersey, arrived back at his alma mater in August 2014 to serve the friars as Guardian (servant leader) of the Friar Community and Mission Officer of the College.  Before returning to Siena he was the Pastor of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served since 1995 and associate pastor at St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle, Virginia.  He also earned a Master of Divinity from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and his doctorate in pastoral leadership from Duke University in Durham, NC.

Fr. Mark served as a chaplain in the United States Navy Chaplain Corp for 13 years in the Navy Reserves, including active duty in Kuwait for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.  He has volunteered as a police chaplain for the City of Raleigh (NC) and Prince William (VA) Police Departments, and also been involved in prison ministry in North Carolina. Currently he is the chaplain for the Colonie Police Department.

A great supporter of Catholic Education and Formation, while in Raleigh he was a member of the board of trustees of Cardinal Gibbons High School and Dean (Vicar Forane) of the Raleigh Deanery covering the 16 parishes of Wake and Franklin Counties.

Fr. Ignatius Smith, O.F.M.

Fr. Ignatius Smith, O.F.M.
Fr. Ignatius Smith, O.F.M.

Fr. Ignatius Smith is one of the vicars of the friary.

Fr. Ignatius grew up in NE Washington DC. He met the friars at what was then our house of studies there. Ignatius was ordained in 1956 and spent ten years as a missionary in Brazil. then spent 23 years in the Chaplain's Corp of the United State Navy. When he returned to the province, he spent over 15 years as the pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Callicoon, NY. For the last several years he has been at Siena, serving at the St. Francis Chapel on Wolf Road in Colonie.

Click here for a more complete bio of Fr. Ignatius in his own words.

Fr. Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.

Fr. Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.
Fr. Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M.

Fr. Dennis E. Tamburello, O.F.M., a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., entered the Franciscan Order in 1975, made his first profession on June 12, 1976, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1980. A 1975 Siena graduate, he holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and is a Professor in the Religious Studies Department.

Fr. Dennis has written three books: Bernard of Clairvaux: Essential Writings, Union with Christ: John Calvin and the Mysticism of St. Bernard, and Ordinary Mysticism. From 2003-2010 he represented the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in the seventh round of dialogues with the Reformed churches in the U.S.A. He continues as a member of the Catholic delegation in the eighth round of the Reformed-Catholic Dialogue, which began in 2013. He also serves the USCCB as a presenter in the ADL Bearing Witness Program.

Dennis is Friar in Residence in Snyder Hall and unofficially serves as the friary's technological guru. He also works as a prison chaplain at several facilities in upstate NY. His favorite pastimes are music, walking, films, and photography.

Fr. Dennis currently serves as one of the vicars in the friary.

Fr. Larry Anderson, O.F.M.

Fr. Larry Anderson, O.F.M.
Fr. Larry Anderson, O.F.M.

Fr. Larry Anderson O.F.M. is a native of upstate New York. He was born in Geneva, New York. Fr. Larry attended college at Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg, New York and graduate school at Christ the King in East Aurora.

Before joining the Franciscans Fr. Larry was a Dee Jay at KNOM Radio in Nome, Alaska, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Ogdensburg and Campus Minister at The Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York. On July 7th 2003 he joined the friars and moved to the Bronx and has never looked back.

Before arriving at Siena College to become the Chaplain Fr. Larry was the Associate Pastor at St. Mary's Church in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. In his free time he plans to engage in his hobbies of hiking and kayaking in the beautiful hills and lakes that surround Siena College.

Br. Brian C. Belanger, O.F.M.

Br. Brian C. Belanger, O.F.M.
Br. Brian C. Belanger, O.F.M.

Brother Brian C. Belanger, O.F.M., a native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, entered the Franciscan Order in 1998 and made his first vows on May 29, 1999. He spent his affiliate year at Holy Cross Friary in the Bronx; as a novice in Providence, Rhode Island, he served as Chaplain to the Hispanic inmates at the Adult Correction Institution in Cranston. He did his formation studies in Franciscan Theology and Spirituality at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C.

Brian holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University and presently serves as the College's Director of International Programs.  He has traveled widely in Latin America and Europe as part of his studies in History and Languages and has a particular interest in Mexican Colonial art and architecture.

Br. George Camacho, O.F.M.

Br. George Camacho, O.F.M.
Br. George Camacho, O.F.M.

Born in Manhattan, Br. George Camacho earned a bachelor of science degree in communication studies from New York University. Prior to entering the friars in 2009, he worked in advertising.  Before arriving at Siena College, George lived in Silver Spring, MD and completed a master’s program in spiritual and pastoral care at Loyola University Maryland.

Br. George is currently the Assistant Director of the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center at Siena College, and is Friar in Residence in Plassmann Hall.

He enjoys running, dance, and films. 

Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M.

Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M.
Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M.

Please see Br. Edward Coughlin's bio on the "Meet the President" page.

Fr. Julian A. Davies, O.F.M.

Fr. Julian A. Davies, O.F.M.
Fr. Julian A. Davies, O.F.M.

Fr. Julian A. Davies, O.F.M., a native of Utica, N.Y., entered the Franciscan Order in 1953, made his first profession on August 13, 1954, and was ordained to the priesthood on March 12, 1960. He holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University and taught Philosophy at Siena from 1970 until he retired in May 2015.

In addition to his teaching, Fr. Julian's ministerial activities have included serving as Siena College Archivist, and Editor of the Holy Name Province Provincial Annals. He has been active in Marriage Encounter and Marriage Retorno. He has published two translations of works of the Franciscan William of Ockham, and written a text book: A Philosophy of the Human Being. He often celebrates Mass at St. Joseph's Provincial House in Latham and in parishes of the Albany Diocese. He has been active in the cruise ship ministry as well.

Favorite pastime: an avid fan of Siena basketball in particular and sports in general.

Fr. Daniel P. Dwyer, O.F.M.

Fr. Daniel P. Dwyer, O.F.M.
Fr. Daniel P. Dwyer, O.F.M.

Fr. Daniel P. Dwyer, O.F.M. made his first profession on June 4, 1983, and was ordained a priest on Sept. 10, 1988. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Tulane University. In addition to his work in the History Department, Fr. Daniel  is a former Trustee of St. Bonaventure University, and the Vice-Chair of the Academy of American Franciscan History.

Fr. Daniel has an eclectic array of extracurricular interests. As an avid genealogist, he has traced some of his ancestors back to the 12th century. His love of genealogy has also sparked a deep love for old cemeteries. Fr. Daniel is probably the only friar in Holy Name Province who is also a member of the Mormon History Association, where he is a member of the Book Award Committee.

Fr. Daniel has published articles in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and in The Journal of Mormon History. In addition he has given a presentation at the "Sunstone Conference" of 2013, an annual  conference on Mormon themes that was held at the University of Utah.  He has also addressed classes at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University, both in Utah.

When he is not busy in church, college or cemetery, Fr. Daniel is often involved with his many relatives, most of whom live nearby.

Fr. Peter A. Fiore, O.F.M.

Fr. Peter A. Fiore, O.F.M.
Fr. Peter A. Fiore, O.F.M.

Fr. Peter A. Fiore, O.F.M., a native of Glens Falls, N.Y., entered the Franciscan Order in 1950 and was ordained to the priesthood on June 9, 1955. A Siena graduate, he holds a Ph.D. from London University in England. At Siena he has held the positions of Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Head of the English Department. He has worked in pastoral ministry in Glens Falls (1988-90) and was Director of Communications for Holy Name Province (1990-96).

Currently Peter is Scholar in Residence at the College and on weekends celebrates liturgy and preaches at St. Mary's Parish in Ballston Spa, N.Y. He has published six books on Milton, Donne, and other British and American writers, as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals. He is a member of the prestigious Milton Seminar and he is listed in Who's Who in America. His favorite pastimes: opera, theater, film, and the Yankees (when they are winning).

Go to Fr. Peter's personal pages

Fr. Linh Hoang, O.F.M.

Fr. Linh Hoang, O.F.M.
Fr. Linh Hoang, O.F.M.

Fr. Linh Hoang, O.F.M. was born in Vietnam and grew up in Kansas. He is the youngest of six children. He graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium with a BA in philosophy, and received his M.A. in theology and M. Div. from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Fr. Linh entered the Franciscans in 2002, professed first vows in 2004, and was ordained a priest on May 16, 2009. He received his Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University in 2006. Fr. Linh teaches full-time in the Department of Religious Studies and serves as a Friar in Residence in Hines Hall.

Fr. Gerard Lee, O.F.M.

Fr. Gerard Lee, O.F.M.
Fr. Gerard Lee, O.F.M.

Father Gerard Lee, O.F.M., a native of Albany, N.Y., entered the Franciscan Order in 1965 and was ordained to the priesthood on January 9, 1971.  A Siena graduate with a degree in Biology, he holds a Masters in Theology from Augustinian College. His first assignment was to Puerto Rico as a missionary.

Fr. Gerard has ministered at St. Francis Church in New York City, St. Anthony's in Butler, N.J., St. Joseph's in East Rutherford, N.J., and was Chaplain at Teresian House in Albany for a number of years. Gerard moved from St. Anthony's Shrine in Boston to the Siena Friary in the Spring of 2000 with his cat Blanche. He currently ministers at St. Francis Chapel on Wolf Road in Colonie.

Favorite pastimes: movies and various computer projects.

Fr. Daniel C. Nelson, O.F.M.

Fr. Daniel C. Nelson, O.F.M.
Fr. Daniel C. Nelson, O.F.M.

Fr. Daniel C. Nelson, O.F.M., a native of Oneida, N.Y., entered the Franciscan Order in 1972 and was ordained to the priesthood on May 7, 1977. A Siena graduate with a Masters in Psychological Counseling from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, he is a licensed clinical psychologist who teaches in the Psychology Department.

Dan is a teaching member of the International Society of Sandplay Therapy and the Sandplay Therapists of America (STA). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and was past chair. His areas of professional research include the therapeutic use of Sandplay with middle aged and late adolescent males. He is very much in demand for psychological counseling by clients on and off campus.

Favorite pastimes: opera, theatre, Greek and Roman art and antiquities, and collecting vintage American pottery.

Fr. Sean E. O'Brien, O.F.M.

Fr. Sean E. O'Brien, O.F.M.
Fr. Sean E. O'Brien, O.F.M.

Fr. Sean E. O’Brien is a native Albanian who grew up a couple of miles from Siena College. He graduated from Niagara University with a B.A. in English Communications. Prior to entering the friars Sean worked in the legal service industry before heading off to Covenant House in New York City, where he worked with homeless and runaway youth.

Sean entered the friars in 1991 and has been privileged to serve in a variety of pastoral ministries. Before returning home he served nine years as a parish priest at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, Florida. He enjoys running, skiing and hiking, and is looking forward to working in the Franciscan Center For Service and Advocacy and being part of the mentoring program.

Siena Summer Mentoring Camp 2015
Siena Summer Mentoring Camp 2015

Fr. Paul Osborne, O.F.M.

Fr. Paul Osborne, O.F.M.
Fr. Paul Osborne, O.F.M.

Father Paul Osborne was born and raised on a farm near Churchville, New York. After graduating from Churchville-Chili Central School he entered St. Joseph's Seminary in Callicoon, New York, and after his novitiate, pursued the ordinary studies of a friar in Holy Name Province. Ordained to the priesthood in 1964 he volunteered as a missionary in Brazil. There he worked in education and formation. During this time he also earned a degree in Biology from the Pontifical University in Goiania, Goias.

In 1983 Fr. Paul volunteered to participate in the Africa Project of the Franciscan Order. There he worked in formation and administration. In 1986 he was elected Provincial Minister of the St. Francis Province with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. After ten years he returned to the States and taught biology for six years at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo. In 2004 he returned to Brazil where he worked in Formation and as Vicar-Provincial of Holy Name Province of Brazil.

Fr. Paul arrived at Siena in April of 2014 and is currently assigned to St. Francis Chapel.

Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli, O.F.M.

Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli, O.F.M.
Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli, O.F.M.

Fr. Kenneth P. Paulli '82, O.F.M., Ed.D. is a Franciscan priest of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and a Professor of Education at Siena College, Loudonville (Albany), New York. Born and raised in Westchester County, New York, he graduated from Siena in 1982 with a B.S. in Marketing/Management. Siena is the birthplace of his vocation, for it was at Siena that he met the Franciscans who founded and continue to staff the College.

Upon his college graduation, Fr. Paulli taught high school and subsequently entered the Franciscan Order. He took his first vows in 1985, final vows in 1989 and, after graduating from the Washington Theological Union in May 1990 with an M.A. in Theology, was ordained to the priesthood in September of that same year. After serving as a parochial vicar in two parishes, one in Connecticut and the other in New Jersey, Fr. Paulli enrolled in Columbia University's Religion & Education doctoral program. Columbia awarded him a doctorate in May 1999.

Fr. Paulli is currently on sabbatical.  He intends to publish a book on "Conversion" sometime in 2016. In addition to teaching, research, and writing, Fr. Paulli has given numerous parish missions both in the United States and Canada. Also, he has given retreats both to men and women's religious communities. Finally, he shares his gifts of presiding and preaching on a regular basis with the people of St. Pius X Parish, Loudonville, New York.

Fr. Gabriel Scarfia, O.F.M.

Fr. Gabriel Scarfia, O.F.M.
Fr. Gabriel Scarfia, O.F.M.

Born and raised in Queens, NY, and educated in Catholic primary and secondary schools, I came in contact with the friars as a junior and senior in high school (All Hallows Institute, run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland).  Intending to join the friars upon graduation, I was disappointed when my parents wisely told me to spend the next two years in college (Fordham University) and then make a final decision.  Afterward I entered the friars and gradually prepared to become a Franciscan priest.  Wishing to serve as a teacher of theology, I completed my graduate studies in Washington, DC and Louvain, Belgium.

I have been teaching theology and doing pastoral work at nearby parishes for about forty-seven years now, and, God willing, for a few more.  Hobbies?  Yes, gardening, classical music, the outdoors, comic strips, exercise, and poetry.

Fr. Michael Tyson, O.F.M.

Fr. Michael Tyson, O.F.M.
Fr. Michael Tyson, O.F.M.

Fr. Michael Tyson, O.F.M. was born in the Bronx, and went to grammar school, high school, and college in the Bronx. He went to Callicoon on September 8th, 1959. After two years in Callicoon, he went to Noviate and was professed on August 15th, 1962. After two years in Rye Beach studying Philosophy, he received his college degree. He went to Washington, to Holy Name College in June of 1964 for Theology. In the summer after his second year of theology, he went to Puerto Rico for Spanish studies. He spent the summer of his Deacon year in Puerto Rico for more study and was active celebrating Baptisms and working with the Youth Group.

After ordination to the priesthood, he went to Bogota, Colombia for more Spanish. In August of 1968, he arrived in Puerto Rico to work at Madre Cabrini Parish. Two years later, he went to Santa Maria de Los Angeles for two years. His final year in Puerto Rico was spent in Stella Maris parish, located in the hotel area of San Juan.

The Friars were told in 1973 that their endeavors in Puerto Rico were ended. Fr. Michael was assigned to St Joseph’s in East Rutherford and, after six years was sent to Sacred Heart Parish in Rochelle Park. After seven years there he went to 31st street in Manhattan and, after only six months, was sent to Holy Cross in the Bronx to replace Roberto Gonzalez who was ordained a Bishop. After eight years, he was appointed Pastor of St Camillus in Silver Spring, Maryland. After six years there he went to Holy Name Parish in Manhattan and, after six years there, went to St Paul’s Parish in Wilmington, Delaware, and returned to Holy Name Parish in Manhattan for three years before arriving at Siena College to join the St Francis chapel staff.

On August 22nd, 2012 he celebrated his fiftieth anniversary of Profession and will, God willing, celebrate his 50th anniversary of Ordination on December 16th, 2017.

 

Br. Edgardo Zea, O.F.M.

Br. Edgardo Zea, O.F.M.
Br. Edgardo Zea, O.F.M.

Br. Edgardo Zea, O.F.M. was born in Arequipa, Peru. He is the youngest of six children. He went to the Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. He graduated from Siena College with a B.A. in Spanish Education and received his M.A. in Hispanic Literature and M.A. in Cultural Studies from University at Albany. 

Prior to joining the Franciscans, Br. Edgardo used to work as a medical technician in Peru. He entered the Franciscans in 2006 and professed first vows in 2007. He did his internship at Siena College. As part of his internship, Br. Edgardo worked as a spiritual director in Student Affairs, as well as in prison ministry. He has taught Spanish in some schools at Albany and done Spanish tutoring at Siena College. He enjoys theatre, music, art, films, and literature.