Holy Family Farm is a faith-based initiative of Catholic laity. Our mission is the formation of men between the ages of 18 to 30 for a fulfilling life of faith, commitment, and purpose.
Inspired by the Holy Family of Nazareth and the charism of the Franciscan Friars, our program of prayer, manual work and learning is lived as community life in a rural farm setting. Holy Family Farm Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered in the State of New York.
Why We Began
In the late autumn of 2019, a small group of Franciscan Friars assembled lay Catholic friends to a cramped dining room in Westchester County, NY. The Friars presented a sober assessment of the young men considering religious life in their community. While there were promising candidates, many suffered from the ill-effects of a profoundly confused culture. The friars’ pressing concern was: “Are these men ready to make a lifelong commitment? In fact, do they have the capacity to actually do it?”
This revelation rang alarm bells in everyone assembled. We shared stories of young men from all walks of life who are struggling with social media and personal relationships, questioning their purpose and future. We agreed that our society is in desperate need of strong husbands and fathers, as well as holy clergy and religious. If today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, what does the future hold for them? What does the future hold for all of us?
As the night went on, it became clear that somebody had to start doing something urgently, but who and what? The Franciscan Friars offered an answer: The “Who” was the group assembled that night and the “What” was Holy Family Farm.
Since that first gathering around the dining room table, we selected a Board of Directors, created a legal entity and registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Working closely with the Friars, we’ve developed a “Farmation” program: That is, our formation program will be supported by a working farm. We also searched for properties, began fundraising and are prayerfully working towards a start in early 2021.
Now, we invite you to join us in writing the next chapter of the Holy Family Farm story, “Forming Men for a Greater Future.”
Holy Family Farm will be set in a beautiful rural location, separated from the distractions of popular culture. Holy Family Farm is not for a young man’s rehabilitation, but rather, his recognition – his recognition of the true meaning of life, of manhood, of sacrifice, and of his God-given mission in and for the world.
We will employ regenerative agricultural practices to raise organic livestock and produce, and will also manufacture handmade craft goods. These enterprises will support the material needs of the program. Indeed, in the words of the Friars, “We are not trying to run a farm, but trying to run a formation program using a farm”.
We hope that Holy Family Farm will become a beacon, both for young men in formation, as well as for families and friends that share our vision. We envision a place where the faithful can visit and enjoy Christian fellowship and family-building activities.
We think, we believe, and we act according to the moral and doctrinal precepts of our Catholic faith. Under the blessing of and obedience to the local bishop, everything about Holy Family Farm will promulgate fidelity with the Holy Father and the universal Church. While Holy Family Farm will welcome young men of other faiths, all residents will be required to fully participate in the prayer life and spiritual values lived on the farm.
Fr. Glenn Sudano, CFR is the Chaplain of Holy Family Farm and will direct the formation program, in addition to offering Mass and the sacraments. Fr. Glenn is one of the eight founding members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, founded in the spring of 1987. The apostolic mission of the Community is to serve the materially poor, especially the destitute and homeless. Presently, the Community has over 135 members and 15 friaries around the world. Father Glenn Sudano is from Brooklyn, and briefly pursued a career in television before entering the Capuchins in 1978 with the encouragement of Father Groeschel.
Board of Directors
Hazel Aiello: Hazel is a Publisher, wife, and mother of two residing in Somerset County, New Jersey. Hazel is grateful for her Catholic upbringing in the Philippines and is blessed to be a CFR Lay Associate at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary in Newark. She is privileged to serve as the Secretary of the Board.
Bill Haney: Bill is a retired financial services executive and a devout Catholic, currently engaged in multiple church-based volunteer ministries. Bill is a trained engineer with a diverse professional background on Wall Street and Main Street. Bill and his wife Mary live in Westchester, where they raised three beautiful, now adult daughters.
Peter Jones, CFA: Peter is a financial analyst and investor based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. He is a happy “revert” to the Catholic faith and serves as Treasurer on the Board of Holy Family Farm. Peter is married with three children.
Eric Neubauer: Eric is a convert to the faith and has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years. He holds an M.A. in Theology, graduating from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He has been married for 26 years and has four children.
Michael O’Brien: Michael is the founder and Managing Partner of Deerhill Pond Investment Partners, L.P., investing in the financial service industry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Empire State Bank in NYC. He is an active member of the Church of Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ. He and his wife Julie have five children and five grandchildren.
Rev. Francis J. Hoffman: (Fr. Rocky) has been serving as CEO of Relevant Radio and was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2021. Relevant Radio broadcasts on over 187 AM & FM stations, reaching 41 states. Ordained as a priest for Opus Dei in 1992, Fr. Hoffman is a noted author and speaker. Fr. Rocky brings a deep knowledge of non-profit development to Holy Family Farm and understands the unique need to foster vocations among young men.
Deacon Andy Zucaro. Deacon Andy is the founder and president of AZCO Corp., a manufacturing company located in Fairfield, NJ. After getting his Master’s Degree in Theology from Seton Hall University Seminary, he was ordained as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church in June 2016. He and his wife Lori have been blessed with three children and five grandchildren. Deacon Andy is on the Board of Holy Family Farm as the Servant of Servants.