Fr. Franken was born and raised in Metro Vancouver and graduated from St. Thomas More high school. He studied at St. Peter's Seminary in London, Ontario, with a two year break at L'Arche Shiloah, and then ordained to the priesthood in 1989 by Archbishop Carney. He was named Vicar for Priestly Life in 2011. In 2016, he was appointed as the new Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. He has been our pastor since 2011.