Fr. David Convertino, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar and priest and the Executive Director of the Franciscan Missionary Union, headquartered in New York City. Fr. David is licensed in Organizational Theory and Diagnosis and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW). He also received a certification in Development from Boston University. He has served on a number of Boards of Trustees including Siena College in Loudonville, New York; Chair of the Rhode Island Service Alliance/AmeriCorp, Vista, Learn & Serve; and on the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Family & Juvenile Drug Court Citizens Advisory Committee. He was 2002 Recipient of the Robert S. Burgess Community Service Award, NASW of Rhode Island.
Br. Paul originally hails from Burlington, Massachusetts. He first met the Franciscan friars while serving as a lay missionary in Kenya and Ghana where he lived for 6 years while working with the physically disabled and with refugees from Sierra Leone and Liberia. He entered the Order of Friars Minor in 2004 and was solemnly professed in 2010. Br. Paul holds master’s degrees in Theological studies and Social work as well as degrees in sociology and culinary Arts. Prior to joining the Franciscan Missionary Union, he worked as a psychotherapist on Long Beach Island, New Jersey and as the Development Director of Franciscan Mission Service in Washington, DC. He is presently the clinical director of the counseling office at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Boston. He also works as the moderator of Missions and Evangelization for Holy Name Province where he leads mission trips to Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia and in the United States.