Brother Mark Elliott Newman, OC
Brother Mark professed his first vows on May 14th, 1998 during the Order's Days of Renewal. He is a registered nurse and works as the director of behavioral health at a Phoenix area hospital. Raised in the Roman Catholic Church, Brother Mark studied for the priesthood with the Franciscans in New York and Guadalajara, Mexico. He has since become active in the Independent Catholic Movement and was ordained to the priesthood in the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch. In 2002, Brother Mark was consecrated to the episcopacy and in April of 2009 he was elected as the Presiding Bishop of the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch. Brother is a Reiki Master-Teacher and has a special interest in the ministry of healing. Because of his interest in this subject, he was commissioned for healing. Brother Mark lives at Sophia House in Phoenix and is the Order’s Servant Leader.
Sister Patricia Eugene Galileo, OC
Sister Pat was born in northwestern Ontario, Canada and graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec as a physical therapist. After the death of her first husband, she came to live in the United States, moving with her four children to Phoenix, Arizona. During the course of her career, she has moved around the country, finally returning to Mesa, Arizona in 1999. Sister was ordained an independent Catholic priest in May, 2000 and was incardinated into the Church of Antioch in December, 2000.
currently works as a physical therapist in a nursing home in Payson,
Arizona. Sister Pat professed first
vows in May of 2002 and is attached to Sophia House. Sr. Pat serves as
the Secretary for the Order.
Brother M. Guadalupe Hardin, OC
Brother professed First Vows at the Order's General Assembly of May, 2003. He resides at Caritas House in Wichita KS with his cat, Domenic.
Brother M. Guadalupe is thankful to God for having been led to the Ecumenical Order of Charity and feels very blessed to share the journey with his fellow Companions.
Brother Dennis McCoubrey, OC
Brother Dennis was born in
1946 at the beginning of the “baby boomers” era. He was raised in
Detroit when there were distinct ethnic neighborhoods and when life was
good. It was a time when a “good respectable kid” could skip school, go
downtown and catch a movie without fear.
Sr. Bethany Mary was born in the state of Queensland in Australia in
1949 and grew up in a
thriving small sugar town. She was educated by the Sisters of Mercy all
through Primary School, High School and her first four years of Nurse
Training to become a Registered Nurse. She went on to train as a Midwife
in Melbourne and found she had discovered her place in Nursing in
working with mothers and babies. Sister continued on to England for a
working holiday and completed her District Nursing Midwifery there as
there was no such thing in Australia. After 2 years abroad she returned
home and then soon after did her Maternal and Child Health Community
Training. Mothers and babies has been the career path that Sister has
loved over many years and she is passionate about society putting all it
can into building nurturing resilient families.
Brother T. Mikel Francis Hand
Mikel entered the community as a Postulant on May 8th, 2011 and began his
novitiate on May 18, 2012. He is a registered nurse and holds advanced
degrees in nursing and education. He has been practicing for 22 years and
has been teaching at the university level for the last 8. He recently
began a new position in 2011 at a public university in Southern Indiana.
He currently resides in Jacksonville, IL with his 2 co-postulants:
Princess, a 13-year-old cockapoo and Sparky, a 5-year-old Schnauzer mix.
They provide him with much love, humor, and a great spiritual grounding in
terms of what is important in life.
Brother Daniel Snyder, OC
Brother Daniel lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He
was previously a member of the
Carmelite Order and was subsequently ordained a Roman Catholic priest for
the diocese of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He left public ministry and completed
a doctorate in psychology and became a licensed psychologist. After years
of private practice, he now serves in an administrative capacity in
Community Mental Health in Grand Rapids. Brother Daniel also teaches
graduate courses in psychology. He is a member of the Basilica of St.
Adalbert Parish in Grand Rapids, and considers himself to be a progressive
member of the Roman Church. He has studied spirituality for years and
believes in a multiplicity of paths to the Holy One.