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.



Are you interested in living the Mountain life and ministry? Consider our July/August Companion Program!

The summer is an incredible time to experience the Mountain. We are inviting men and women interested in living and supporting the life during the busy summer months. This ties into our interest of building a larger, richer community with lay people living amongst the friars as part of the ministry that the Mountain provides to the world.

This is an invitation for others to live the life of the Mountain for as little as a week, or a month, or two months throughout July and/or August. While experiencing the silence and simplicity would be the primary aspect of time spent here, it’s expected that Companions would also participate in the activities of the daily life of the Mountain: cooking meals, helping in the garden and other outdoor projects, welcoming guests, participating in the prayer life, and at times leading prayer. These are all parts of the full life we are welcoming others into.

Please contact Br. Kevin Kriso at [email protected] or Mike Fenn at [email protected] if you have any questions or are interested in being part of this new and exciting way of experiencing the Mountain!

Watch these videos from some of our most recent Summer Companions, including Alyssa Magnuson’s experience.



For a longer period of time, consider becoming 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.


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