|The Order of Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary||
Fr. Joseph Augustine Menna, Prior
Fr. Joseph serves as Prior General of the Order and is a founding member of the Augustinians of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. He received a degree in Religious Studies at La Salle University and has been an educator for over 25 years. Fr. Joseph has a background in religious studies, personal development, spirituality, psychology, and math. Fr. Joseph was ordained to the priesthood in 2005
Friar Shane Nicholas Neese
Friar Shane has a passion for intercessory prayer and is entrusted with the prayer and Mass request ministry of the Order. He works as the mentor-supervisor of a team of data collectors to gather survey data for a social science research company. Friar Shane has taken the lead in expanding our digital resources for outreach and community prayer, and also serves as the community archivist and vocations director. He lives in Chester, PA with his long-time partner and their dog.
Friar Alessandro de Trinitate Botelho (Novice)
Friar Alessandro is a novice of the AIHM. He is drawn to contemplative prayer with a deep devotion to the rosary. He serves as a Eucharistic minister at his local Episcopalian parish. He works as a chef and caterer in New York where he lives with his partner. Friar Alessandro also speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is able to aid those wishing to speak with us for whom English is a second language.
From the Constitutions of the AIHM:
"We are self-supporting religious who live on our own,
with our families, or in small communities,
bound by sacred profession under the Rule and Statues
to pray for the Body of Christ, share our lives together in communio,
and spread that love through acts of mercy and justice.
Our very lives proclaim that God is love,
a love that he has breathed into us in the most quiet of ways.
Accepting that God’s love is unconditional, overflowing with mercy,
we seek to reflect that love to others in what we say and do,
in acts of social justice and loving friendship in community.
In our Augustinian family, in the Church,
and in the greater human community,
we know that God’s reign will come to be
only in and through His Body."