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About Friends of Francis

Friends of Francis* is a global effort to encourage all people of diverse faiths and beliefs to engage in action to make our world a better place. Through our website we will share the stories of those working for Good. We will help people to find organizations doing good work. We will help mobilize the energy and goodwill of young people through our Student Chapters. We will encourage businesses to pay their employees a living wage, to support their communities and care for the environment. And we will develop and advocate specific proposals to develop a human-centered and moral economy whose primary purpose is to provide the responsibility and dignity of employment to all who seek it.

In sum, we are carrying out Pope Francis’ call to work for the good as we see it, to build local, national and global communities founded on compassion, freedom, humility, justice, inclusiveness and equality.

Explore our website! It’s designed to make it easy for you to tell us stories about you or someone else doing something good. And to enable you to find organizations working for causes in which you believe. If you’re a student, check out our list of Student Chapters – and consider setting up one on your campus! If you own or work for a business – contact us, join our Friends of Francis team, and learn and share practical techniques for successful human-centered business practices.

*Friends of Francis (FoF) is a non-denominational 501(c)3, charitable organization. An advocate of the central moral vision of Pope Francis, FoF is not part of, or affiliated with, the Catholic Church.

Board Members

Joan Barron is a native New Yorker now residing in Florida. She is retired – having spent time in government work as well as the private sector. She is active in a range of community organizations and has traveled extensively internationally. She and her late husband, Art Barron, established the Joan & Art Barron Veteran’s Center at San Diego State University in 2011.

Thomas E. Bottorff is recently retired as Senior Vice President of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, after a 32 year career there. Prior to joining the company, he was a power supply analyst for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.  He serves on the board of directors of the Sonoma County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Brian Kahn is a former ranch-hand, boxing coach, and public official. He has served as President of the California Fish and Game Commission and Director of the Montana Nature Conservancy.  A lawyer and mediator, he hosts the award-winning public radio program, Home Ground. He is winner of the Montana Governor’s Award for the Humanities and he lives in Helena, Montana.

Dr. John C. Ries is Associate Professor of Philosophical & Systematic Theology and Chair of the Theology Department at Carroll College. He studied theology for two years at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome, Italy. He earned licentiate in philosophy from the Hoger Instituut Wijsbegeerte of the Katholike Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He lives in Helena, Montana with his four children and his spouse, Dr. Elvira Roncalli, who also teaches at Carroll College.


Ananda Morse was born and raised in Montana.  She has spent time directing Health and Safety for Red Cross, training First Responders, caring for the disabled, teaching Ecuadorian children and training college students.  She lives in Helena, Montana with her son and nearby extended family.  She is honored to serve as Director of Operational Management for Friends of Francis.

I have the humility and ambition to want to do something. — Pope Francis I

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