Father Bernard Tickerhoof TOR
School: Arts & Letters
Fr. Bernie Tickerhoof is a friar of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. He has been the Director of Novices for his religious community since 2004 and currently serves on its leadership team. Ordained in 1978, he has been involved in spiritual ministry and retreat work since 1979. He has traveled widely throughout the country in a ministry of preaching, spiritual conferences, and retreats. He previously served as his religious community’s Vocation Director from 1993 to 1996, and has done extensive work in Franciscan Spirituality through the Franciscan Federation of the U.S. and as a spiritual assistant for the Secular Franciscan Order at the local, provincial, and regional levels. Bernie is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life and is instructor for courses in Franciscan Spirituality and Leadership for the Institute.
Bernie received his Master of Divinity (MDiv) in 1978 from St. Francis Seminary, formerly in Loretto, PA, and a Master of Theology (ThM) in 1979 in the Institute for Spirituality and Worship through the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA. He received a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2001. He has also pursued graduate studies at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University and at the Catholic University of America.
Bernie is a founding member of the Vineyard Guild, an ecumenical organization dedicated to promoting spiritual leadership. He is also a member of Spiritual Directors International. Other interests include storytelling, liturgical expression, and ecological concerns. He has developed a variety of programs on holistic spirituality, faith and conversion, leadership development, the enneagram, and dream work.
Bernie is the author of Conversion and the Enneagram: Transformation of the Self in Christ (1991), and Paradox: The Spiritual Path to Transformation (2002).