03 Mar 2017

Mountain Companions

The Mountain Companion program engages adults of all ages in a multi-month to multi-year experience of living in a residential community with Franciscan Friars and providing all aspects of support and assistance to the residents and visitors at Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat in West Clarksville, New York.  Joe Flynn spent two years and Jason Damon spent 6 months as Mountain Companions.  Both men served as prayer leaders, mentors for student ministers and offered hospitality to individuals and groups visiting Mt. Irenaeus.  The experience has strengthened their personal and spiritual journeys.  Joe is currently pursuing employment in youth ministry in the Diocese of Buffalo and Jason entered the formation program for Franciscan Friars.  Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ ACOR Grant paid for monthly stipends for the companions.