Fr. Giles Michael Gilbert, OFM Conv. was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Lake Forest, IL. As a young adult, he became a member of the Militia of the Immaculata (MI), founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe. Total consecration to the All-Immaculate Mother of God became the bedrock of his vocation. In 2002, he graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature, with undergraduate minors in Communication Studies and Philosophy. After graduating from college, he worked as a Dispatcher for Mundelein Police Department, where he also served as a Spanish/English interpreter and translator. He then entered the Little Brothers of St. Francis, a small contemplative community of Franciscan brothers living among the poor in Boston, MA. In 2009, he left Boston to enter the St. Bonaventure Province of Conventual Franciscans, whom he had known from his youth at Marytown, the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Fr. Giles finished his studies in Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and graduated with an M.Div. from Mundelein Seminary. Following his Presbyteral Ordination in 2016, Fr. Giles became Parochial Vicar at Holy Family Parish in Peoria, IL and the Local Spiritual Assistant for Sacred Heart Fraternity of Secular Franciscans. In 2018, he was appointed as a Regional Spiritual Assistant to serve the Secular Franciscans of Central Illinois and a National Spiritual Assistant serving the Secular Franciscan Order in the USA. His interests include: Byzantine Iconography and Theology; Early Franciscan History; Chess; Literature and the Humanities; Camping; Kayaking; Snowmobiling; Traveling; and Animals (especially a friend’s dog named “Ricky”).