Rev. MJ is a priest, friar, life coach and spiritual director serving queer, questioning and trans communities. Formerly a jail chaplain in a women’s jail, they now serve as a “virtual” jail chaplain. They believe that God loves all humans unconditionally and that the starting point for everything we do is the command to love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Their vision of ministry is to help queer people heal negative religious experiences so they can connect with The Divina in a way that feels loving and soul-nourishing, allowing them to fully live into who they are and what they are called to.
MJ also serves as the Provincial of the Companions of Francis.
Having struggled with his own addictions, Dylan has significant experience in the spirituality of addiction. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Dylan was challenged by the outward expression of his faith. In response to this struggle, Dylan journeyed across the religious spectrum, finding answers and solace is Judaism.
Dylan found great wisdom in the Chassidic and Neo-Chassidic Masters. The joy of prayer and practice was renewing for Dylan. It was from Judaism that Dylan found his way back to the Church.
Dylan was ordained a Deacon and Priest with the Apostolic Sacramental Church on August 14, 2021, the memorial of our Patron, St. Maximilian Kolbe. A few days later, Dylan made his first profession as a Franciscan Friar with the Companions of Francis.
As an interspiritual practitioner, Dylan was appointed as a Maggid (Preacher or Storyteller) with the Jewish group Kehillat Beit Yosef in 2012.
We are not affiliated with the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and are not under the authority of the Holy See, nor the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. We are an independent faith group, rooted in Catholic and Anglican Tradition, tracing our roots back to the first Apostles.
We administer the Seven Sacraments of the Universal Church, and will not deny a Sacrament to anyone who authentically and faithfully wants and needs to partake. We welcome human beings from all faith traditions, or no faith at all, to join us in prayer, meditation and worship.
The Chapel of St. Maximilian Kolbe is under the Episcopal Guidance of Presiding Bishop Thomas Clark.