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Rev. Fr. Bryan Wolf OPoc

Priest Priest, Saint Miriam Parish and FriaryDiocese of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Work Saint Aelred Mission 2401 Central Avenue Aberdeen NJ 07747 Website: Saint Aelred Mission
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Biographical Info

By way of introduction, my name is Fr. Bryan Wolf. I come to your church by way of The Reformed Catholic Church and The National Anglican Catholic Church. I am a Postulant with The Order of Preachers, Old Catholic.

For some mundane information, I was born and raised in New Jersey. As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to serve God, His Church and His children. My 1974 high school yearbook listed my “secret desire” as wanting to be a priest. I have always known I was gay, and this of course was an influence on my life and career path. As Anglican poet William Cowper wrote in 1779, “God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform”, so my service to God came by way of law enforcement.

After high school and community college, I came to be a police officer with The Rutgers University Police Department in New Jersey. (Rutgers is the State University of New Jersey and known for having the largest “on campus” population of any university in the country.) I rose through the ranks in my 29 year career and retired in 2005 at the rank of Senior Patrol Sergeant Supervisor. I was blessed with many accolades- from more than two dozen departmental commendations, being the first openly gay police officer to becoming a certified New Jersey Police Instructor and a F.B.I. trained and certified Crisis Negotiator. While at Rutgers, I secured my undergraduate degree. After retirement, as now, I am still somewhat involved and work part time per diem as a 9-1-1 Police Dispatcher.

I am also blessed to note in this regard, that I served as a Past President of The Gay Officers Action League (G.O.A.L.), an advocacy and support group for gay and lesbian criminal justice professionals; and also served as their Executive Director for a year. In this capacity I accomplished the integration of gay and lesbian concerns into the State police academy curriculum, as New Jersey is one of a handful of states where such sexual and affectional orientation are protected. I was honored to be chosen to be a keynote speaker at the Department of Justice’s “Crime Victims Rights Convention” held at Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City NJ in April of 1999. I have written three nationally published articles on the subject, and have been on syndicated television and radio. Upon my retirement, I was presented with the New Jersey Community Justice Award.

Throughout my law enforcement career, God continued to remind me that when this form of service for him was done, I was to continue on my original intended path. Internet research led me to The Evangelical Anglican Church in America. I began studies, fulfilled the Diaconate but found during this time of study most members of the church moved westward to California.

God continued to lead me and one day, while at a gay and lesbian business expo in New York City, I met and spoke with wonderful representative from The National Anglican Catholic Church. There I completed my studies (a certificate in Anglican and Pastoral Studies) and was blessed to be ordained as a priest.

With my mother’s failing health spearheading an unusual thirst for Christ, I immersed myself into the church. It was of great comfort to me. It was not long after her death that the bishop of The National Anglican Catholic Church was, himself, called home to God. Sadly, and for reasons I lack to understand, his death seem to be the death knell for our church. Clergy lost focus and faded away.

Always leading me, I found The Reformed Catholic Church which God had planned as a gathering place for those of us who humbly join with you today. God tells me my journey of search is now at an end, and my work is now to begin.

My journey for God and to God, would not have been possible without his two greatest gifts to me. A wonderful mother (may she rest in His embrace) and a wonderful partner – John. My companion in life, we celebrated 25 years together this year! Oh, and yes – our “son” – a Chinese Shar Pei called Mister Wrinkles.

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