Father Francis Pompei is a Franciscan priest from Holy Name Province and lives in Buffalo, New York. He is also the author and director of the Franciscan Mystery Plays, comprised of traveling groups of teens who for the past 30 years have presented meditations In sanctuaries of churches throughout the United States. A native of Oswego, New York, Father Pompei has a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, a Master's Degree in Theology, a Master's Degree in Spirituality, and a Certificate in Sign Language for the Deaf. Over the years he has spent his ministry working with the poor and has done extensive retreat work with both adults and teenagers. He plays the bagpipes, enjoys mountain climbing, tennis, and a good bowl of pasta.