Mission & Character

Our Friars


Who We Are

Saint Francis University is founded and animated by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a result, one of our distinctive goals is to enable Franciscan values and the Catholic tradition to shape intellectual inquiry and decision-making, both on a personal and institutional level.

Meet Our Friars



Brother Gabriel M. Amato, T.O.R.
Title: Director of the Dorothy Day Outreach Center
Department: Dorothy Day Outreach Center                      
Office Location: Dorothy Day Outreach Center                      
Phone: 814.472.3359                      
Email: gamato@francis.edu  

Father Joseph Chancler, T.O.R.
Title: Adjunct Instructor
Department: Mathematics  
Father Christopher Dobson, T.O.R.
Title: Music/Liturgy 
Department: Campus Ministry
Office Location: Saint Francis Hall 
Phone: 814.472.3319                      
Email: cdobson@francis.edu  

Brother Shamus McGrenra, T.O.R.
Email: smcgrenra@francis.edu 

Fr. Stephen Mary Waruszewski, T.O.R.
Title:  Director of Campus Ministry
Department: Campus Ministry
Office Location: St. Francis Hall Rm. 6
Phone: 814-472-2750
Email: swaruszewski@francis.edu


Fr. Matthew Simons, T.O.R.
Title:  Director of Mission Integration
Department: Mission Integration
Office Location: Scotus 301E
Phone: 814-472-3343
Email: msimons@francis.edu


Fr. Joseph Krilich, T.O.R.
Position:  DPT Student, Part-Time Campus Ministry
Office Location: St. Francis Hall Rm. 133
Email: jkrilich@francis.edu


Fr. Jason Wooleyhan, T.O.R.
Title:  Instructor
Department: Business Administration
Office Location: Scotus 306
Phone: 814-472-3845
Email: jwooleyhan@francis.edu

Fr. Daniel F Sinisi
Job title: Chaplain, Administration & Coach
Department: Athletics
Location: Stokes Athletic Center 154
Phone: 814-471-1238
Email: dsinisi@francis.edu

Brother Dennis I. Snyder, T.O.R., Ed.D

Title: Assistant Professor of Education, Outreach Coordinator
Department: Education
Office Location: Scotus                      
Phone: 814.471.1238                     
Email: dsnyder@francis.edu

Brother Marius Strom, T.O.R.
Title: Lab Instructor
Department: Engineering 
Phone: 814.472.3934
Email: mstrom @francis.edu  

Father Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D
Title: University President 
Office Location: Scotus                      
Phone: 814.472.3001                      
Email: mvantassell@francis.edu