Brotherhood of St Gregory (BSG)

Introduction to the community

The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory was founded on Holy Cross Day 1969, by Richard Thomas Biernacki, after consultation with many Episcopal and Roman Catholic Religious.  The first brothers made their profession of vows in the chapel of the New York monastery of the Sisters of the Visitation (RC).  Later that year, Bishop Horace Donegan of New York recognized the Brotherhood as a Religious Community of the Episcopal Church.

The community is open to clergy and laity, without regard to marital status.  Gregorian Friars follow a common Rule, living individually, in small groups, or with their families, supporting themselves and the community through secular or church-related employment.

The Rule requires the Holy Eucharist, the four Offices of the Book of Common Prayer, meditation, theological study, Embertide reports, the tithe, and participation in Annual Convocation and Chapter.

The Postulancy and the Novitiate programs each take one year, after which a novice may make First Profession of Annual Vows.  Members are eligible for Life Profession after five years in Annual Vows.

Gregorian Friars minister in parishes as liturgists, musicians, clergy, artists, visitors to the sick, administrators, sextons, and teachers.   A number serve the diocesan and national church.  For those in secular work the ‘servant theme’ continues, and many are teachers, nurses, or administrators, sharing the common goal of the consecration of each brother’s lifetime through prayer and service.

Brotherhood of St Gregory

Contact details

Address: Brotherhood of Saint Gregory
, 305 West Lafayette Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217-3627, USA

Community information

Date of foundation:
14 September 1969

Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Rodney R Michel, assisting Bishop of Pennsylvania



Karekin Madteos Yarian BSG, In Love and Service Bound: the First 40 Years of the Brotherhood of Saint Gregory, BSG, 2009.


Minister General: Brother Richard Thomas Biernacki BSG
Assumed office 14 September 1969 (founder)

Leadership Council: The polity of the community includes six regional Ministers Provincial


Brother James Teets
Brother William Francis Jones
Brother Tobias Stanislas Haller (priest)
Brother Edward Munro (deacon)
Brother Donovan Aidan Bowley
Brother Christopher Stephen Jenks
Brother Ciarán Anthony DellaFera
Brother Richard John Lorino
Brother Ronald Augustine Fox
Brother Maurice John Grove
Brother Virgilio Fortuna (deacon)
Brother Gordon John Stanley (deacon)
Brother William David Everett
Brother Thomas Bushnell
Brother Peter Budde
Brother John Henry Ernestine
Brother Francis Sebastian Medina
Brother Aelred Bernard Dean (priest)
Brother Joseph Basil Gauss
Brother Mark Andrew Jones (priest)
Brother Richard Matthias (deacon)
Brother William Henry Benefield
Brother Nathanael Deward Rahm
Brother Thomas Lawrence Greer
Brother Enoch John Valentine
Brother David Luke Henton (deacon)
Brother David John Battrick
Brother Bo Alexander Armstrong
Brother Francis Jonathan Bullock
Brother James Patrick Hall
Brother Richard Edward Helmer (priest)
Brother Eric Shelley
Brother Larry Walter Reich
Brother Scott Michael Pomerenk
Brother Angel Gabriel Roque
Brother David Benedict Hedges (priest)
Brother Tommy Mandri

Novices: 3
Postulants: 3
Members who have died since the last Yearbook:

12 Dec 2017 – Brother Max Steele, aged 46, professed 5 months
30 Aug 2018 – Brother Robert James McLaughlin, aged 74, professed 18 years
15 Feb 2018 – Brother Luke Anthony Nowicki, aged 72, professed 37 years