Community Biographies

Friar +Joseph Augustine Menna, AIHM

Friar Joseph serves as Prior General and Bishop 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, earned a M.S. Ed., and has been an educator for over 25 years.  A former OSA Friar, Friar Joseph has a background in religious studies, personal development, spirituality, psychology, and math.  Bp. Joseph was ordained to the priesthood in 2005 and consecrated in 2014


Friar Shane+ Nicholas Neese, AIHM

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 counselor, archivist, and Vocations Director.  Ordained to the Priesthood on June 4th, 2016, he lives in Chester, PA with his long-time partner, their dog and two cats.


Friar Alessandro de Trinitate Botelho, AIHM

Friar Alessandro made his First Profession with the AIHM on August 22, 2015. The Community is blessed to have him as part of our family.  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.


Sister Shari Alexandra Myers, AIHM Obl.

Sister Shari is an Oblate of the Order and lives in Lancaster, PA. She holds the important vocation of being a mother as well as an Oblate with the Order.  Shari is devoted to a contemplative life of prayer in the Eastern tradition.  As such she ministers to the Order as a poustinik, or hermit, praying for us and the world in the desert Poustinia of her home.  She embraces the restless heart in search of God through contemplation about which Augustine sets as the zeal for his communities.


Friar Thomas+ Gabriel Bradsahw, AIHM 

Friar Thomas originally from Southern New Jersey now lives in Reading, PA with his fiance and their family of two cats. Fr. Thomas originally came to us from another jurisdiction, but upon meeting the AIHM during Bp. Joseph Augustine's consecration in 2014, he felt the calling to an Augustinian life and is now Incardinated with the AIHM, undergoing his novitiate year.  Fr. Thomas is drawn to Eucharistic Adoration, intercessory prayer, and advocacy for all of creation. He serves as the pastor to Saint Rita Synodal Catholic Mission in Berks County, Pennsylvania. 


 

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.
"