Party with the Friars from 4 PM till Midnight on Mardi Gras!
Join the friars on Fat Tuesday (February 28) at Urban Artifact to celebrate the release of the St. Anthony Quad beer.
Wild yeast collected from the grounds of the National Shrine of St. Anthony located in Mt. Airy in July, 2015 formed the basis for this one-of-a-kind Belgian style quadruple ale. The wild yeast, versus more commercial fast-acting yeast, takes months to ferment. St. Anthony’s Quad was aged for 10 months in first use oak red wine barrels by Urban Artifact.
Doors open at 4:00pm. Fr. Carl Langenderfer will start things off with a quick prayer at 5:00pm. Renegade Street Eats food service will be there by 5:00. Jazz Renaissance (New Orleans style jazz) will start at 8:00. Come join the friars and some of the wonderful people who support them. A portion of the St Anthony beer sales will help to support the Franciscan mission work.
RSVP on the Facebook Event page.
Directions to Urban Artifact our on their website: http://www.artifactbeer.com/
Read more about the collaboration and process in this article from August 2016.
Br. Tim Lamb, OFM from this Province lives at St. Anthony Friary and serves as Secretary of Formation and Master of the House of Theology for the Province of St. Francis in Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius. He lives in Lang’ata, Nairobi, Kenya. It is very spartan living.
The 24 friars in the community share two cars. The electricity goes out on a regular basis and they wash their clothes by hand. Until very recently many of the friars were walking to and from school. Thanks to a grant from the Franciscan mission office, they were able to purchase 15 bicycles.
“We are not short on needs here. This is partly due to the places we have chosen to serve. We target isolated and poorly developed villages. The people in the parishes we serve support the friars, but in food stuff, very little by way of cash. We have to depend on the kindness of our benefactors”, writes Brother Tim.
Some of those needs are as follows:
• An addition to the present building. They are expecting 8 additional friars in August and currently only have room for two more.
• A generator which would help monitor and maintain electricity for essential things like the water pump for the bore hole (well) and refrigeration for food. This generator would also prevent damage to electrical equipment in the house due to fluctuations in power which accompany any power outage, which happens at least once or twice a week.
• A new (used) truck for shopping and hauling.
• 2 green houses to provide on-going vegetables for self-sufficiency .(There are two growing seasons, but year round pests, (insects, birds and rats) make growing out of doors difficult.
In Subukia, Kenya the friars have been instrumental in building a water supply for the area, built a medical dispensary, an orphanage, housing for internally displaced persons due to armed conflicts, and a residential high school. This is very typical of the work of the friars.
The cost to sponsor one student friar is roughly $3,000 US dollars per year. Brother Tim’s goal would be to find sponsors for all of the friars in formation. There are about 98 friars in initial and priestly formation. Each sponsorship would include pictures, a biography and regular updates from your friar. Would you like to sponsor a friar in Africa? Could a group you belong to sponsor a friar?
Would you like more information about how you can help our efforts in Africa? Email email@example.com and we can get you connected to Br. Tim. Keep up with Br. Tim on a regular basis through his blog, Omnes donum est.
See more photos of Br. Tim and his ministry on our Flickr page.
Mary Beth shares two stories of St. Anthony’s help.
The first is from many years ago and the second tells of St. Anthony’s help last Mother’s Day.
Several years ago, one of our daughters was teaching English as a second language in China. She was homesick and although China had never been on our list of places to go, my husband and I agreed to visit her.
We purchased nonstop airline tickets that went over the North Pole from Newark, NJ, to China. When in the Newark Airport, which is absolutely HUGE, I wore my glasses instead of contacts on a chain around my neck, so I could hopefully nap on the very long trip. About an hour and a half after going through TSA screening, we were sitting at our gate. I saw a sign across the way that I wanted to read and put on my glasses which I use for distance. I could not see well out of one of the lenses and took them off to clean. To my surprise, the lens was missing! After checking our current area, we decided to walk back to the place where we went through security. We knew it would be extremely difficult to replace the glasses in China. Security was quite far away and it was unlikely we would find the lens, especially so long after losing it and how hard it would be to see, but I asked St. Anthony to help me.
A TSA agent was kind enough to allow me to go back through the security line to look for the lens. He and Jack stayed on the other side of security and talked. I didn’t find it and we were walking back to our gate when Jack asked my why St. Anthony didn’t find the lens. I told him that St. Anthony was probably very busy finding something really important, like world peace. Then we saw the TSA agent running to catch up with us. A few more moments and we would have been very hard to find in the enormous crowd. The agent had found the lens and I got to tell him about St. Anthony! I was so thankful not only for the found lens but also that my husband spent time talking with the TSA agent so he was aware of our situation. Thank you for your intervention St. Anthony
Keep reading for Mary Beth’s second and more recent St. Anthony story.
Several years ago my son, my daughter-in-law, and my grandchildren gave me a very special charm bracelet. Over the years they have each picked out meaningful and unique charms to add to it. I keep the bracelet in a very secure place, not only because of the sentimental value but also because I know the charms are quite costly.
On Mother’s Day I wanted to wear the bracelet but my husband Jack was in the hospital; he usually helps me with the clasp as I have arthritis in my hands. I took the bracelet with me to church, planning to ask a friend, if I needed assistance, but I decided to leave it in the car. I thought I had placed it carefully with my chaplet rosary, but, in retrospect, I must have thoughtlessly left it in my lap.
After church I went directly to the hospital to visit my husband. I got distracted by a picture he wanted me to take of a statue of Our Lady on the very top of the hospital; it is the center for transplants of organs – pancreas, kidneys, and livers – for South Jersey. Whenever a transplant is done, the statue has a beautiful light to notify the community. When I got home, I remembered the bracelet and went to retrieve it from the car and could not find it anywhere. I thought I might have lost it in the hospital parking lot which is very large; it is a distance away and can take up to 2 hours round trip. I was not looking forward to driving back to look for the bracelet, but I knew the longer I waited the more unlikely it would be to find it. I knew the bracelet would be virtually impossible to replace and I also dreaded the task of telling my daughter-in-law that I had lost such a special and thoughtful gift.
I prayed fervently to St. Anthony; then remembered that I went to church before I went to visit my husband. The church is only 10 minutes away so I headed there. I doubted the church would be open to check the lost and found. Before morning Mass I had not parked in my typical place but had parked in one of the less crowded areas of the parking lot as I had promised to help out with a fund drive. I went there and found the bracelet in the parking lot near where I had parked and miraculously it had not been run over by my car or any other and was perfectly intact! I could not say enough “thank you’ s” to St. Anthony for my Mother’s Day gift from him!!
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