Br. Clinton Reed (Director)
God. Bacon. Frisbee. ( These three things are pretty important to me.)
I was born in the blessed lands of Texas, but God has brought me to the streets of Tally at FSU... and it's a pretty awesome place. I didn't grow up Catholic, but I decided to get baptized during my freshman year of high school... It's a long-ish story (at least, too long for this flashy bio), but if you ask me now, I think I went crazy: I mean, really, who does that at 14 years old?!? Honestly, though, most of my time before college was spent playing sports (especially soccer), hanging out with friends, terrorizing my younger sister, and generally plotting pranks against people (all in good jest).
Anyway, I ended up going to college for several years of "study abroad" in the totally different world of Boston, Massachusetts. I received my degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, which (surprisingly!) isn't the normal academic track to becoming a Catholic Religious Brother (who knew?). During my years in college, I encountered God's love for me in a way that's hard to describe but more real and powerful than anything else I've ever experienced. So, after wrestling with it for a few years, I responded to God's call for me to become a member of the Brotherhood of Hope, a Catholic Religious Order of Brothers. (Like I said - crazy.)
(Here's a little disclosure in order to quell the freak-out moment that some of you just had after reading that above paragraph: encountering God doesn't mean you have to become celibate... just FYI.)
I guess there's a ton more I could say, but I'd be amazed if you've actually read this far. If so, shoot me an email (broclinton @ fsucatholic.org), and I'd be glad to arm wrestle you. Also, if you're still reading this, I'd like to ask for your prayers: I've come to the sad realization that God did not give me the gift of beard... I know, it's heart-breaking, but my face just simply lacks hair folicles in some crucial regions; so, pray that they either explode on my face overnight or someone gives me a huge gift certificate for Rogaine.
"I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world." - John 16:33
Adventure, good times, brotherhood… Since I was a kid, I sought these three things. Who doesn’t like going on adventures and having good times with good friends? Thanks be to God – now I’m living out all three as a brother in the Brotherhood of Hope! Never would’ve thought I’d be here, but God’s good like that!
Some other things about me: I’m a beach guy. My hometown (Long Branch, NJ) is right on the Jersey Shore. I graduated from Rutgers University (Political Science) and worked for a year at the Governor’s Office. Before that, I was a Mission Leader at CSU.
I didn’t start having much of a faith life until my junior year at Rutgers. How that all happened is a long story that is best told in person – so ask me! Here’s the 30-second trailer: Greek fraternity –> Desk worker -> Mission trip to Africa (that I never actually went on) –> Profound, life-changing moment -> Began to experience God’s merciful love, my identity as a son of God, and a life that is so much better than the one I was living before. Ask me - I’ll fill out the details.
I’m a HUGE sports fan, but I like to play way more than watch. So hit me up anytime for frisbee, basketball, football, etc.
Br. Adam Neri (Pastoral Staff)
Hi folks…Few things are better in life than hockey, a good baseball game and good eating! Before my life as a religious brother and chaplain, that about summed up what my life revolved around. I was born in New Jersey, grew up in Jersey, went to college at Rutgers University in Jersey and began my professional career in Jersey. Most of my family still lives in Jersey. I have a large family, and by that I mean there are lots of us - eleven siblings, in fact. I love my family immensely. It’s kinda hard not to when there’s seven guys and four girls to rumble around with. Never a dull moment!
After spending time doing mission work in various parts of the world, including Africa, Mexico, and Central America, I taught high school English and Spanish for a time and loved it. I met a group of radical and fun-loving religious brothers from the Brotherhood of Hope, and began to experience an increasing desire to do something great for God. I became a Brother of Hope in July of 2005. On July 10, 2010, I committed myself to God and this way of life for the rest of my life on this exciting adventure. Through my vocation as a religious brother I now have many opportunities to do just that: attempt great things for God. It’s an awesome life!
I’m available to help you out in whatever way I can. Some of my favorite things to do are sports (hockey, of course!), playing music and talking one on one with students. Whether you need an ear to talk to, a voice to challenge you, a guide to help you, or an opponent to try and beat on the court, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Hi! I’m Sr. Della Marie Doyle. I was born at home in Gearhart, a small town on the Northern Coast of Oregon. Four older brothers preceded me in birth and seven siblings followed after. My parents were deeply in love with God and through their witness, I also fell deeply in love with Jesus as a child.
I attended George Fox University, a small private Quaker school in Newberg, Oregon for my first two years of college where I studied food science, theology, and ran track and cross country. I decided to switch my major to nursing and transferred to Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio my junior year.
While I pursued nursing, Jesus pursued my heart. Though I loved God with as much of my heart as possible at the time, I was running from a religious vocation. I only knew elderly sisters, and I just couldn’t put myself into that life. Besides, I wanted to have as many children as possible- twenty-two or so and be a missionary. Eventually, I realized Jesus was the only one up to that challenge (as many children as possibleJ) and the only one who could fulfill the deepest desires of my heart.
After a year at Franciscan, I returned home to pay off my loans, so I could follow Jesus’ call to consecrated life. A year later, July 1, 1995, I entered the Franciscan Sisters, T.O.R of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother in Toronto, Ohio. I made final vows August 10, 2002.
I am super excited to be a part of the first year our sisters will be serving CSU at Florida State. I’ve been praying for you and look forward to meeting each of you.
Hi. My name is Sr. Eliana (pronounced Ellie-ah-na). I grew up in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania and I actually enjoy winter and snow! My family lived in the country and I have fond memories of hiking, sledding, and ice skating (especially at night by moonlight and gas lanterns!) Our little farm had lots of animals, and I’m especially fond of kittens. We were Protestant family although we weren’t deeply religious. We went to church on Sundays and prayed before meals but I really didn’t take my faith seriously. By the time I made it to college I considered myself agnostic and was deeply into the party scene. Eventually, I hit bottom and for the first time looked up to God for help. Jesus met me in my mess, forgave me and filled me with his love and mercy! God’s love is so good! Experiencing his love for me personally transformed my desires and I began to live for him. In seeking him more deeply in the Scriptures and through the witness of some friends, I found the truth in the Catholic Church and converted when I was 21. Obviously there is a lot more to the story, so feel free to ask me about it…
After a few transfers, I graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Evangelizing with NET Ministries was my next adventure which led to a few years of full time youth ministry. During that time the Lord was wooing my heart and eventually asked me to be his…forever. I said yes. J After visiting different religious orders, falling in love with the TORs, passing the psychologicals (they said I’m sane!), I entered the Franciscan Sisters, TOR of Penance of the Sorrowful Mother. I professed my Perpetual Vows on July 6, 2014.
Along with Sr. Therese Marie Iglesias (a CSU alum,) I had the privilege of coming to CSU for the first time for Fall Retreat 2008 and over the years I’ve been back a few times. I feel so blessed to be here with you full time!
Sr. Mary Rose Bratlien (Pastoral Staff)
Christine Lange (Women's Coordinator, Pastoral Staff)
My name is Christine Lange. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in Orlando with a degree in Marketing. I was born in New Jersey and have lived in New Orleans, South Florida, Orlando, and Sarasota. I have an older sister and a younger brother. I like playing sports, especially basketball. I also enjoy painting and doing crafts!
I was heavily involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry at UCF and was blessed to hold a variety of different leadership roles. It wasn't until my Junior year that I started getting involved but God did so much in the two years that I was a part of the community. My relationship with the Lord and passion for evangelization grew deeper than I could have ever imagined. I met some incredible people who have walked with me on my faith journey and I wanted to do the same for others.
After graduation, the Lord invited me to serve as an intern at CSU at FSU and I loved every minute of it. I did not want to leave after the year was over, so I was so excited when the Lord opened up the door for me to stay. I was invited to remain at CSU and serve as a Campus Minister. In addition, I am working towards my Master’s Degree in Theology through the University of Notre Dame! It is such an incredible opportunity to study my faith while I serve! I love the CSU community tremendously and it is a JOY to serve here.
Lisa Shatynki (Mission Leader)
Hi Ya’ll! My name is Lisa Shatynski! I was born and raised in the armpit of America- New Jersey. It’s probably the best smelling armpit you’ll ever find because it’s filled with trees, farmland and mountains! Also, I admit, that although I am not a Southerner, I like to say ya’ll and enjoy speaking in a southern accent. Anyway, I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Animal Science. I LOVE animals. A lot. Ask me any question about animals, I will answer it for you and if I don’t know, I will gladly look it up! My love for animals and nature led to a direct connection to God- the Great Creator! He never ceases to awe me with the wonder of His creation! (Like the Platypus- BRILLIANT!)
While I had a strong relationship with God going into college, I did not understand or believe the truths of the Catholic Church. Thanks to the mission leader, Kristy, at the Catholic Student Association (CSA) I began exploring the Catholic faith. By the end of the year I had come to know the Lord even more deeply through the Catholic Church and in His Divine Presence in the Eucharist. The relationship didn’t stop there. In my four years within CSA, I experienced the love and grace of God profoundly- so many times and in so many ways I could fill several books! Of course, the relationship hasn’t stopped there either. God continues to blow my mind with the way He takes care of me and loves me. My love for God has led me to love His people, which is why I joyfully said YES when the Lord called me to be a mission leader!
While I love America’s good ‘ol armpit, I’m excited to be serving in a land filled with cute little lizards that run around everywhere and the best oranges America has to offer.
Disclaimer: If you see somebody running around FSU trying to capture or take pictures of the lizards that you are so used to you barely even notice them anymore- don’t worry, it’s just me.
Mike Hyatt (Mission Leader)
Becky Hill (Mission Leader)
Alex Thamel (Mission Leader)
Fr. Tim Holeda
Director of Mission Advancement (DMA)