Father Dan Gurnick, OFM. I grew up on an acreage near Rocky Mountain House, AB, with an older sister and a young-er brother. After high school, I did many different types of works such as: sawmill worker, oil patch worker, paintball field owner/operator (the number 47 in my email address firstname.lastname@example.org is from the number I wore on my paintball jersey), landlord, construction worker and support worker for the mentally disabled. I received an Architectural technolo-gy diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. Despite all these occupations and architectural diploma my heart longed for something more meaningful. After studying for the diocese of Edmonton for one year and a trip to Peru, I found my self on the doorstep of the Franciscans of Western Canada. I was in Franciscan formation and studies for six years before making my solemn profession in August 2009. The highlights of these six years were: learning more about the Christian faith through theological studies, working at the Mustard Seed Church in Edmonton , prison chaplaincy, and learning how to play the hand drum and guitar. Recently I started writing songs. In January 2010, I was ordained a priest and served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park, AB, as an associate pastor. One of my main focuses was connecting with nine Catholic schools through music and various presentations. I am in my fourth year as a formation director for men in the early stages of Franciscan discernment and formation. I also served at Sacred Heart Parish in Victoria and organized and led a Franciscans and Friends youth group. Franciscans and Friends inspires young people to fall in love with God through prayer, friendships, outreach to the poor, hiking and guest speakers. In August 2016, I moved to Mount St. Francis and joined the retreat team. I play music, speak at schools and help out with maintenance at the Mount. I enjoy weight training, sharing a message about Christ and hiking, especially in the Rocky Mountains.