Br. Michael J. Harlan, O.F.M.
Br. Michael J. Harlan, O.F.M., a native of Sparkill (Rockland County), New York, graduated in May, 1978 from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B.S. in Business Administration. His “first career” was in newspaper advertising sales with Hearst Advertising Service, Inc. in New York Cityand during this time met the Franciscan friars at St. Francis Church. Michael was received into the Franciscan Order on June 17, 1982, made his first profession of vows on June 4, 1983 and solemn (final) vows on June 21, 1987. He studied philosophy at Canisius College and Catholic University, and theology at the Washington Theological Union during his formation as a Franciscan friar. He later studied pastoral ministry and counseling at Boston College, attaining a Master of Arts degree in May, 1996.
Before coming to Siena College in 1996, Michael lived and worked at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, MA., serving as a site supervisor for the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry program (a year-long service program for young adults who live in community and serve among the poor). He has also lived and served at Holy Name Church, New York, NY., St. Francis Retreat Center, Rye Beach, NH, St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ, Holy Name College, Washington, DC, St. Francis Friary, Brookline, MA and St. Patrick’s Church, Buffalo, NY.
Michael served as the Director of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy from 1999-2005. Prior to holding this position, he served as Associate Campus Minister for four years in the Office of Campus Ministry. Throughout his time at Siena, he was a member of the Residence Life Staff and a Friar-in-Residence.
Michael was very active in the local community and beyond, serving as a member of the Albany County Coalition on Homelessness, the Capital District Chapter of Pax Christi, the Board of Directors of Abba House in Albany, the Albany County Opportunity, Inc. (ACOI) – the designated Community Action Program of Albany County, the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Diocese of Albany, the Board of Directors of Franciscan Volunteer Ministry, Inc., and as a member of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Directorate for the Franciscans of Holy Name Province.
In June 2005, Michael was appointed secretary of Holy Name Province. He resides at the Provincial headquarters at St. Francis Friary, 135 West 31st St. in New York.
In his free time, Michael enjoys visiting museums, listening to music and spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains of Vermont.