Jonathan Ringkamp received Bachelor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute in 1961. Then he earned Master of Fine Arts there Pratt Institute in 1967. He studied at Accademimia di belli arti in Venice, Italy, in 1961-1962.
After entering the Franciscan novitiate in Wyandanch, L.I., in 1955, he took his first vows in 1956 and his final vows in 1961. In 1962 he was a Fulbright scholar to the Academia di Belli Arti in Venice.
Brother Jonathan taught at New York University and Brooklyn College, and last semester he taught writing and play production at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. He taught also at a number of Catholic elementary and high schools in Brooklyn and on Long Island.
In 1967, Brother Jonathan and the actress Geraldine Fitzgerald founded the Everyman Theater of Brooklyn as a street-theater company. For the company, he wrote ''Everyman and Roach,'' a rock opera with an Everyman moral.
Brother Jonathan collaborated in 1976 with the singer Harry Chapin on a musical ''The Zinger''.
''Bella Figura,'' his play about a young Franciscan, was performed at the Ensemble Studio Theater in 1982. His ''Poisoner of the Wells,'' based on the Black Plague, was performed at Ensemble Studio Theater in 1983.
Quotes from others about the person
“His essential theme is the relationship of the alienated yet passionate individual to his community, to tradition, and ultimately, to God.”
As a monk, he had never been married.