Mountain Companion Ministry

Since its founding, the friars at Mt. Irenaeus have welcomed lay men and women to this way of life and ministry for a year or more.  Mountain Companions help lead the various retreats taking place throughout the year and “walk with” our guests on their spiritual journeys. They help tend the land and provide hospitality at the Mountain while living and working among the friars and guests.



To become part of our life and ministry, an active contemplative Franciscan place of prayerful hospitality, and live among the resident community. To provide a setting for Companions to grow spiritually – to deepen their relationship with God by making a commitment to live simply in a communal life in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Mountain Companion Ministry is open to adults who have the energy to fully participate in our life, and the willingness to welcome and engage our guests during their visit. If you are interested in learning more about this unique way of living the Gospel life, we are happy to connect with you. Please contact Mike Fenn at [email protected] or 716-375-2613.



During the summer, college women and men are encouraged to apply for an eight-week summer companion position. Summer Companions work alongside the friars much as the long-term companions described above. They primarily help with caring for the land and buildings during the slower months of summer, while participating with Mass and prayer gatherings. Summer Companions live much closer to the land in tents near the Chapel.

Watch this video from one of our most recent Summer Companions, Br. Angel, who spent time with us as he continues his religious studies.



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