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St. Anthony: Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers

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We receive many stories of St. Anthony’s intercession.  This is a beautiful one of joy.

 

by Francisco de Zurbaran (1640)

by Francisco de Zurbaran (1640)

My name is Jennifer. Back in 2009 I suffered a miscarriage at 7 weeks. We desperately wanted a sibling for my 2 year old son. A few months after the miscarriage my family was at our cabin in Michigan. When it came time to find a church we had two choices St. Anthony or Saint Mary, randomly we choose St. Anthony. When we got there I noticed the St. Anthony statue of him holding baby Jesus in the vestibule.

That’s when it hit me, this is St. Anthony of Padua!! I had prayed to him daily with my first pregnancy as my aunt (from Cincinnati) had given me your pamphlet with the prayer for an expectant mother & her unborn child. I KNEW immediately in my heart that we would have a second child. I was overcome with emotion and after mass I teared up as I explained to my husband. Sure enough within 3 months we were pregnant again and Anthony Richard was born in August 2010 and named after St. Anthony!

I love to tell this story! Glad I could share it with you!

God Bless you,

Jennifer

St. Anthony Statue at the ShrineWe’d love to hear your St. Anthony story too.  Use our Contact Page or Email: shrine@franciscan.org or Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700.  Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page.

 

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Meet our new St. Anthony Shrine Guardian

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Fr. CarlFr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM grew up in a suburb outside of Cincinnati.  He is the oldest of five children, two brothers and two sisters.  One of his brothers, Fr. Max Langenderfer is also a Franciscan friar serving in our Jamaican missions.

Fr. Carl is a soft spoken, kind-hearted man with an innate talent with technical matters.  He is a craftsman of many sorts and he has a broad spectrum of interests that include reading novels and skimming cookbooks, cooking, gardening and manual skills cultivated from a very young age by his parents.

From the time he was in grade school at St. Gabriel’s in Glendale, Ohio, his father who built houses during the summer break, would take his young sons along to learn the trade.  That is where Carl got hands-on instruction in architecture, electrical work, laying plans, setting foundations, and managing construction.

Young Carl was rewiring lamps in grade school and planned and wired one of the homes his father built when he was only a sophomore at Roger Bacon High school.   That house is still standing.

Father Carl joined the friars in 1964 and was ordained in 1971. His first assignment was as a religious instructor at Bishop Luers High School in Ft. Wayne, IN. He remained there for four years. For the next ten years, he served in various positions as a member of the formation team (training program for future friars) in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

DSC_4745-001 EDIT 300He then served in pastoral duties from 1986-1996 at Holy Rosary parish in Houma, LA and from 1997-2005 in St Clements in Cincinnati.

In 2005, he moved to St Anthony Shrine and Friary to serve as Vicar and Director of Postulants. On July 1, 2014, he will take over duties as the St Anthony Shrine Guardian.  We think he is a perfect fit. We are really looking forward to working with him.  Among many other responsibilities, he will continue to light candles at the Shrine for your intentions.

A couple of interesting notes about Fr. Carl…he celebrated his very first Mass on June 13, the feast of St Anthony.  He also has already spent one year as St Anthony Shrine Guardian back in 1978 when he inherited the project of the chapel renovation.

Welcome Fr. Carl.  We are looking forward to working with you!

Fr. Carl at St. Anthony Shrine with his mother Florence, and brother Max, also a Franciscan friar.

Fr. Carl at St. Anthony Shrine with his mother Florence, and brother Max, also a Franciscan friar.

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Thanks Br. Gene, we’ll miss you

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Br. Gene loves sports and is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

Br. Gene loves sports and is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan.

On July 1, Br. Gene Mayer, OFM will complete his nine year tenure as the Guardian at St Anthony Shrine. During that time he also served as Province Secretary.  His terms are limited by regulation.

We will certainly miss our everyday interaction with Br. Gene.  He can make you laugh in an instant…even if the situation is not particularly funny.  People who really don’t know Br. Gene have said he is like a growly old bear.  But all of us who know and love Gene know that he is that growly old bear with the heart of a marshmallow.

“He will truly give you the shirt of his back!” remarked Fr. Jeff Scheeler, Provincial Minister.

His friends are forever and they have said he is there for them in joy and sorrow. Several long time co-workers and friends said that he models the words in the present saying.  He “Lives passionately.  Laughs often.  And loves generously.”

Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM

Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM

Holding a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Masters in Religious Education, he taught Religion at Roger Bacon for 22 years.  Eleven of those years he served as Athletic Director. “I didn’t smile until November in order to get the kids in line!” he grinned.

Br. Gene will now return to his beloved Roger Bacon High School to serve as the Advancement Specialist in their development department.  We will miss him and his wicked sense of humor but are thrilled to know that he leaves the Shrine Guardianship in the very capable hands of Fr. Carl Langenderfer.

Father Carl will continue to light your candles and take care of all the responsibilities at the St Anthony Shrine.  He is a kind, soft-spoken friar who is always ready to help in any way possible.  We will introduce you to him in the next e-newsletter.

 

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The “Other Brown” needs St. Anthony too

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Enjoy this story from one of our Facebook followers

 

'St Anthony of Padua' by Benozzo Gozzoli (1421-1497) Public domain

‘St Anthony of Padua’ by Benozzo Gozzoli (1421-1497) Public domain

One cold Snowy/Icy day in a suburban Detroit Parish, I was visiting the maintenance man when the UPS driver who had just made a delivery, came back in to say he had to use the phone to call his boss as he couldn’t find the keys to his truck!

The maintenance man, me, and driver went back out and combed through the 8″ of snow & slush around his truck for a half hour with no luck.

So I say to the driver, “St. Anthony has never failed me..”

I told him to say a quick prayer to him which he did.  We decided to go back out one more time to look, and Saints be praised!  They were sitting pretty as can be right on the bumper in plain sight!  He called his boss back and said never mind St. Anthony had found the keys!

Would like to have seen the look on his boss’ face….

– Mike

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We’d love to hear your St. Anthony story.  Use our Contact Page or Email: shrine@franciscan.org or Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700.  Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page.

 

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Join us for the Feast of St. Anthony

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St. Anthony of PaduaSing with us
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Worship with us
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Pray with us, Friday, June 13
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St. Anthony
7:30 AM
– Morning Mass
Presider - Fr. Joe Ricchini, OFM

10:00 AM – St. Anthony Mass followed by Novena Prayers
and Blessing with the Relic of St. Anthony
Presider - Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

2:30 PM – St. Anthony Novena Prayers, Benediction,
and Blessing with the Relic of St. Anthony
Presider –  Deacon Richard Goodin, OFM

7:00 PM – St. Anthony Mass followed by Novena Prayers
and Blessing with the Relic of St. Anthony
Presider – Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

Bread distribution at 10:00 am, 2:30 pm, and 7:00 pm services.

Stroll the beautiful grounds of the National Shrine to St. Anthony of Padua at 5000 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223.  Get Directions

If you cannot be with us on the Feast, you can make a private time of devotion using our Novena prayers.

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Almighty God, you have given St. Anthony to your people as an outstanding preacher and a ready helper in time of need. With his assistance may we follow the Gospel of Christ and know the help of your grace in every difficulty. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, blesses the St. Anthony Bread at the National Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua in Cincinnati.

Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, blesses the St. Anthony Bread at the National Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua in Cincinnati.

 

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Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

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TRIED BY FIRE

 

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Director of Franciscan Postulants, Fr. Mark Soehner is a survivor in more ways than one.  While pastoring an inner city parish in Detroit, MI., he took an antiquated elevator from the eighth floor friary of the chancery building.  He was rushing to get to Mass. The elevator jammed between floors leaving him trapped.  The emergency phone was disconnected and personal cell phones weren’t yet a part of daily life. Eventually, his cries for help were heard by a woman who worked in a fifth floor office.

The elevator company came and re-started the equipment. Fr. Mark could see down below him between the iron gate and the brick walls of the shaft. There was an arc of electricity that caught onto a cloth that was wrapped around the cables below the cage.  He saw a small ball of fire explode and flame up around his prison. Smoke bellowed.  Temperatures spiked.  Angry flames lapped around him.   The firemen arrived.  They did not have the Jaws of Life!

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, and Br. Al Mascia, OFM, the Mall Outreach of Christmas 2013

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, and Br. Al Mascia, OFM, the Mall Outreach of Christmas 2013

He inhaled scant oxygen by breathing into his cowl.  He heard the firemen say to the woman, “You have to get out of here! “  I can’t!” she screamed. “There’s a man trapped in there!”  “Don’t worry about him!  There’s nothing we can do for him now,” they yelled over the roar of the fire.  A volunteer fireman working at his day job in a downstairs bookstore had a tool that could pry open the gate.  Fr. Mark doesn’t remember a lot of what happened next when he was lifted from imminent death.  He said because the fire department didn’t have any oxygen he was taken to a local hospital.

As if this trauma weren’t enough for anyone’s lifetime, he also confided that one of his sisters, the one closest to him in age, was murdered by her husband.  Every family who has experienced this kind of violent loss of a beloved member understands its lifelong impact.  It was over 20 years ago and, the missed milestones, the anniversaries, the swirl of memories, continue.

Severe life traumas like these could weigh heavily on his shoulders.  So much so that they could become impediments to moving forward.  You wouldn’t know any of this by his demeanor and positivity. He went on to use his wisdom and empathy in his priestly ministry to beleaguered, complex populations and to grieving hospice patients and their families.  Tempered by those experiences, he integrated his skills and education into new work as a pastor, a guardian, as a homilist, as a counselor, as a spiritual director, and in formation as current Postulant Director.

As a young man of 23, he started in the way of Francis as a Brother working joyfully by “living his ideals” at Zacchius Friary in the Over the Rhine area of Cincinnati.   He lived with the poor and homeless without a car or TV.  He experienced their fears, stresses, miseries and losses.  He worked with disenfranchised people living without money, job or shelter. For income, he got a job in a breakfast restaurant. “Some said we were playing at being poor!   But it was so much more than play.”  Fr. Mark even lived on the streets for a few days.  “I slept in the shelter on mats with my shoes under my pillow to prevent them from being stolen.  I was lucky to keep my glasses.”

The 2009 pilgrimage was featured in the Washington Post.

The 2009 pilgrimage was featured in the Washington Post.

Soon after, he accepted the call to study further to become a Priest.  He holds two master degrees, with a specialization in inter cultural missions and a post graduate certificate in counseling which allowed him to be licensed in Michigan   He calls himself “a shy extrovert who has to talk to know what he is thinking.”  Fr. Mark is not bound by labels, neither his own or ones that come to him.   He models what he preaches.  “I always tell my guys in formation, ‘The grass is always greener on the side you water.’ ”

Five years ago, the temporary professed friars proposed the idea of a 300 mile, seven week walking pilgrimage that would start in Roanoke, VA and end at the Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC. Inspired by the first friars of St. Francis, they would live without money, a place to stay, or possessions, trusting only in God.  Fr. Mark was very open to it and strongly encouraged the idea.  At the age of 51, he laced up his shoes and joined the group on the walk.  He counts this journey “as one of the most treasured experiences of his life.”   The journey made the front page of the Washington Post

SJB Provincial Council

SJB Provincial Council

Now, at 55 and a priest for 27 years, Fr. Mark is in his second term as a Provincial Councilor.  He functions as the Province’s Special Delegate for Child Protection.  He is very good natured and laughs easily. He has a strong passion for his work and life as a friar.   He keeps his life in balance.  Mark has a covey of good friends, is a runner, and still finds time to create clever and lovely cards for his friends and family.

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A deep friendship with St. Anthony

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An introduction forty years ago…

 

St. Anthony & candles…As a poorly catechized, but devoutly fevered adult convert, I didn’t know much about anything: But was wide open to what I thought of as Holy Wonders.

I was living with some friends who had taken me in to their home to care for me and teach me. I attended offices, and Mass daily and lived with my friends in the cloistered area of the Benedictine Monastery. In between offices and assigned duties, I was making myself a rosary out of hard dry pieces of wood I’d find around the Monasteries property in the high desert.  Cutting the wood for each tiny bead and sanding it down in my clumsy hands: I must have dropped and momentarily lost beads a few thousand times.

One of my dearest new friends told me about Saint Anthony, we knelt on the desert floor as my friend made introductions as though he were introducing two dear friends. He told me that from then on he (Saint Anthony) would always help me find whatever I lost, that I could call on him as I would any dear friend. I believed, deeply, everything, I was taught there. That period in my life was over forty years ago, Saint Anthony has been my dear friend; he and I ‘go way back’ :-)

– Harold

 

We’d love to hear your St. Anthony story too.  Use our Contact Page or Email: shrine@franciscan.org or Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700.  Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page.  You can donate to St. Anthony Bread or any of our ministries at our Donation Page.

 

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Check is in the mail

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Ever wonder if St. Anthony hears you?
Frances knows he does!

 

I spent most of today trying to find my check book to no avail.

St Anthony Bread9:00 am to 5:00 pm – no results

I looked in logical places and strange places

Finally in total disgust with myself I said out loud – with no one to hear,

“OK, Tony, there’s a check in the mail when you find the check book!”

It took 2 minutes!

So here it is – the check

Thanks Tony,

– Frances

 

We’d love to hear your St. Anthony story too.  Use our Contact Page or Email: shrine@franciscan.org or Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700.  Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page.  You can donate to St. Anthony Bread or any of our ministries at our Donation Page.

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The Church: home-base of second chances

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Musings from Fr. Dave

Palm Sunday

 

With today’s liturgies, we begin the most sacred time of our church year: Holy Week begins, blending into the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday.)

The Palm Leaf by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

The Palm Leaf by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

There are two Gospels proclaimed at our Masses this weekend, both from Matthew. The first: Jesus’ wonderful entrance into Jerusalem, the second: Matthew’s account of the Passion of Jesus.

The contrasts today are stark!  From spirits soaring high in triumph, to the dark scene of Jesus’ crucifixion.

As you hold blessed palm branches in your hands at today’s Mass, let your imaginations fly, as you listen to all the readings. Those stark contrasts are much like the ups and downs of our own lives. We have memorable celebrations as well as heart rending troubles as we walk life’s path.

I beg you to remember well, that the Roman Catholic Church is the home-base of second chances.

Jesus lived and died while on mother earth so that we may live.

His Resurrection and return to His Father is His eternal promise to every one of us.

When you think all is lost … the Holy Spirit that dwells within you brings peace and all that is good to your troubled spirit.

Everything that we are as Roman Catholic Christians is contained in Holy Week.

Please pray for all R.C.I.A. members as they prepare to fully enter into the church this coming Saturday evening at Easter Vigil Mass.

Have a prayerful and blessed Holy Week!

Love, Fr. Dave

Fr. Dave Kobak, OFM, is the pastor of Holy Family Church in Oldenburg, Indiana

 

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May this your most joyous Lent and Easter ever.
God Bless you.

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“Play Ball!”

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Br. Kenn Beetz, OFM, Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, Fr. Al Hirt, OFM, and Br. Gene Mayer, OFM, take turns carrying the banner in the Reds Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

Br. Kenn Beetz, OFM, Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM, Fr. Al Hirt, OFM, and Br. Gene Mayer, OFM, take turns carrying the banner in the Reds Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.

For the first time ever
the Franciscan friars marched in the
95th Cincinnati Reds Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
celebrating the return of baseball to the Queen City.

 

Fr. John Bok, OFM, & Fr. Blane Grein, OFM, ride in the rumble seat of a 1930 Ford Model A Roadster courtesy of Cobb Car Care

Fr. John Bok, OFM, & Fr. Blane Grein, OFM, ride in the rumble seat of a 1930 Ford Model A Roadster courtesy of Cobb Car Care

When Findlay Market opened in 1852, Franciscan Friars were already part of the melting pot that is Over-the-Rhine.  Followers of the example of St. Francis of Assisi, Friars arrived from Austria in 1844 to serve this neighborhood of German immigrants through a parish, school, and social service programs.

Our mission continues today with St. Francis Seraph Parish and our St. Francis Seraph Ministries: our soup kitchen, elementary school and the Sarah Center for women.

Our presence in the Opening Day Parade allows us to share that rich heritage and celebrate our diverse community.  See all the photos of the day at our gallery: http://www.franciscan.org/gallery/default.aspx

As Fr. Frank Jasper says of the day, “It was a great parade.  Everything was perfect.  We couldn’t ask for a better day.  The kids were great too.”  Watch the highlights in this video.

Art Teacher Cedric Michael Cox inspired his students to create the church and banners promoting the Franciscan charism of peace and community.  Enjoy this video of our visit to his lively classroom as Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, assists Mr. Cox and his students paint the façade of St. Francis Seraph Church.

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