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St. Anthony, evangelizing with a question and a smile

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Where do lost items go?
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In the mail several years ago I received a gift. St Anthony in a round disc that was an animated hologram and a key chain.

Anthony coinI hooked it on the zipper of my purse with a strong chain link and constantly got questions from Catholics and questions from non-Catholics which gave me the opportunity to share the story of his life with perfect strangers.

Then one day it was gone.

The heavy chain was also gone and I realized it was no accident. Someone had carefully detached it from my zipper. I looked everywhere I could think of retracing steps to no avail.

I talked to St. Anthony asking him to find it for me. Weeks passed. All my life, from childhood, he had always found lost objects for me.  Not this time. I missed the cheerful little disc that made people smile and found myself wondering where lost things go. I don’t know where the keychain went or how such a secure fastening was undone however I did have an answer from St. Anthony.

He gave me a sudden understanding that someone needed that little disc that brought a smile and left a question. Someone needed him. He’s still out there someplace evangelizing with a smile.

–B.

AnthonyWe’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 New St. Anthony Center

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St. Anthony Center

New Franciscan collaboration
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Working with St. Francis Seraph Ministries, The Franciscans are spearheading a very unique partnership with local non-profit organizations.  The new St. Anthony Center (SAC) will become a “hub of services” all in one place to serve the poor.  Currently the old St. Anthony Messenger building at the corner of Liberty and Republic Streets is being remodeled and when it is complete this new facility will house 6 different social service agencies at one location.

The newly renovated St. Anthony Center, scheduled to open mid-November 2017 will be the new home for the following agencies:

SAC logo white 345 x 300• St. Francis Seraph Ministries which includes the Soup Kitchen annually serving
30,000 meals; the Bag Lunch Program providing 800+ bag lunches each week for
day laborers and residential treatment centers; The Sarah Center teaches women
sewing, quilting and jewelry making empowering women into job skills and small business opportunities; Cooking for the Family teaches families basic cooking and nutrition skills to feed their family affordably, using locally grown food.

• Tri-Health Outreach Ministries provides R.N.’s and Community Care Workers for home visits to the elderly and pregnant women in the urban core.  This program of personal health care within local neighborhoods keeps overall medical costs down while offering a higher level of medical care to the most vulnerable in the community.

• Center for Respite Care is a 24 hour medical recovery facility for the homeless when they are released from the hospital.  Clients receive medical care, personal support and assistance to break the cycle of being chronically ill and homeless.

• Mary Magdalene House is an oasis of hospitality providing a safe place for those in need to take a shower, care for their personal hygiene and grooming, have their clothes laundered, use a phone or receive messages or mail.

• Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank helps to diaper babies in need collaborating with local agencies who care for pregnant women and new mothers.  Over 16,000 babies in the local community need diapers every month and diapers are an essential need for a babies well-being.

Overall this new collaboration will continue the long Franciscan tradition of serving the poor and it will be a lasting legacy of the Franciscan Friars from the Province of St. John the Baptist in over-the-Rhine.  Now the underutilized St. Anthony Messenger building will become a safe haven for anyone in need.  This new facility the St. Anthony Center named for the patron saint of the lost and forgotten will be devoted now to the care of the poor and the homeless.

RSVP for the Open house here.

More information can be found at the SFS Ministries website www.sfsminitries.org

MOther Teresa Soup kitchen 600

 

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Our Franciscan outreach in Jamaica

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The Lord is with Thee
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On July 19, 2017, newly ordained Fr. Colin King joined fellow Franciscans Fr. Jim Bok, Br. Chris Meyer and Fr. Saleem Amir at our Jamaican mission, where together they are focusing on education and community building with ministries such as St. Anthony’s Kitchen and the Get Kids to School program. Fr. Colin and Fr. Jim primarily live and work in Negril, while Br. Chris and Fr. Saleem live in Savannah-la-Mar.  Br. Chris works as the Communications Director for the Diocese of Montego Bay.  Fr. Saleem is the pastor of parishes in Savannah-la-Mar and Orange Hill.

Fr. Saleem Amir with servers at Orange Hill, Jamaica

Fr. Saleem Amir with servers at Orange Hill

Even though Fr. Colin has only been pastor of two parishes on the island for a short time, he has already been a blessing to many. His witness and priestly presence recently prompted an unlikely person—a prostitute struggling to raise her baby—to privately seek out Fr. Colin and request that he baptize her son into the Catholic Church. Fr. Colin did so with much joy, noting that it was a powerful moment to have her child received into the Church.

“Just being present and approachable is so important,” Fr. Colin says, “as well as conveying mercy and steadfast compassion while walking with people on their unique journeys to meet God wherever they are. I’m so grateful this mother felt comfortable enough to come and talk to me.”
This includes sharing in the people’s joy as well as well as in their sorrow, as Fr. Colin points out. He has already presided at a funeral for a young mother of only 25 years old, who tragically died while giving birth to her second child.

“It’s very sad, and it’s been a very hard time for the family and for the community,” Fr. Colin says. “One of the most important things I can do for them is to be present and available.” In conjunction with their pastoral duties, the friars work to combat the many educational challenges students and families face in Jamaica with the Get Kids to School program.

“There are many obstacles for kids regarding school here, “says Fr. Colin. “These are fairly rural areas with families living in poverty. On the hills there is no natural water source and people have to collect rainwater and harvest it. We try to help parents and children however we can with uniforms, school supplies, food, and transportation.”

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Br. Chris Meyer outside St. Joseph Church

In spite of the many obstacles, both children and parents often show an inspiring amount of willpower and determination. One teenage student takes three taxis for a total travel time of one hour and a half just to get to school (not including the return trip). She’s doing well and she is one of the top performers in her class.

The friars make it a priority to support the schools directly as well. The schools are in urgent need of resources, as one doesn’t have electricity and there is no public transportation. Fr. Colin meets with the principals in his role as Chairman of the Board of three Catholic schools. In partnership with the schools, they are trying to find ways to offset food costs, allocate current resources, and find new resources.

In order to reach as many people as possible, the friars also teamed up with Food for the Poor, locating families within their parishes who need the most urgent help. One goal they share is to help families become self-sustainable so they can eventually support themselves. A recent project provided a family with chickens and helped them set up a coop.

Our friars are doing God’s work in Jamaica. Five days a week, the St. Anthony Kitchen provides breakfast to around 60 children each morning and lunch to about 110 adults every afternoon. The Get Kids to School program offers children hope for a brighter future by investing in their education. And each day, our friars bring faith, hope, and love to the people of one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean.

Fr. Jim Bok with students before drive to school and after a good breakfast at St. Anthony's Kitchen

Fr. Jim Bok with students before the drive to school and after a good breakfast at St. Anthony’s Kitchen

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Advent & Christmas with the Franciscans

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One of the many nativities from around the world at 'A Franciscan Christmas' at the Christian Moerlein Event Center

One of the many nativities from around the world at ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ at the Christian Moerlein Event Center

“May the coming Advent Season be a time of joyful anticipation & hope.
–SJB Provincial Minister Fr. Mark Soehner

Advent-2017Join the Franciscans in your journey through Advent to the birth of our Savior.

The first day of Advent is Sunday December 3.  The editors of St. Anthony Messenger magazine have created an Advent booklet to fit in your pocket.  ‘Wait in Joyful Hope: Daily Reflections for Advent with the Blessed Mother’ is free.

Just send your name and address to friarworks@franciscan.org and we’ll mail you your copy today.

Offer valid in the US only.  If you live outside of the US, contact us for the electronic version.

Click here to learn more

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Guardian Br. Norbert

Guardian Br. Norbert

“Lessons & Carols”

We need a Savior to be born into our world and into our hearts.

Join Shrine Guardian Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM, and the Franciscans at the National Shrine of St. Anthony for:

“Lessons & Carols”
Sunday, December 10
4:00 pm

It is a program of six scripture readings and Advent carols sung by the choir and the congregation that are meant to help us prepare for Christmas.

Click here to learn more

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Br. Tim Sucher hosts, "A Franciscan Christmas"

Br. Tim Sucher hosts, “A Franciscan Christmas”

A Franciscan Christmas

Nativities from around the world, a Dickens Christmas village, a running model train and much more await you at “A Franciscan Christmas” at the Christian Moerlein Event Center.

Special events include Saengerfest Choirs, a visit from Santa Claus, and an Open House with the friars.

November 24 – January 1, 2018

Live Nativity

Stop by St. Francis Seraph Church and say hello to the sheep, goats, and donkeys who greet you as you enter the courtyard.  Relax by the fountain and meditate on the Holy Family at this outdoor nativity display.

November 24 – January 6, 2018

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Stop by to pet the sheep at St. Francis Seraph Church

Stop by to pet the sheep at St. Francis Seraph Church

 

 

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A Franciscan Christmas 2017

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Nativity

For unto you a child is born
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Bring your friends and family to ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ in historic Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati.  Enter the courtyard of St. Francis Seraph Church on the corner of Liberty and Vine to meditate on the Holy Family or pet the goats, sheep, and donkeys in this Live Nativity.

Nativity‘A Franciscan Christmas’ continues at the nearby Christian Moerlein Event Center. You’ll see a Christmas Creche display featuring nativities from around the world.  Fr. Joachim’s model trains, a Dickens Christmas village, a huge Santa Claus display, and lots and lots of decorated Christmas trees with comfortable chairs where you can sit and enjoy a beverage or food from the Christian Moerlein Taproom.

Dates and Hours for the Live Nativity in the St. Francis Seraph Courtyard:
Thursday November 24 – Saturday, January 6, 2018
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Daily

Dates and Hours for ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ at Christian Moerlein Event Center:
Friday November 24 – Monday, January 1, 2018 when the Christian Moerlein Taproom is open for business.
Wednesdays 4:00 PM – 10:00PM
Thursdays 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fridays 4:00 pm – Midnight
Saturdays Noon to Midnight
Sundays Noon – 7:00 PM

December 29, 6:00 PM – Open House! Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Friars. Light refreshments served.

Donations are welcome for the support of St. Francis Seraph Church and School.

St. Francis Seraph Church, 1615 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 (at the corner of Liberty and Vine)
Click here for Directions.

Christian Moerlein Event Center, 1621 Moore St., Cincinnati, OH  45202
Click here for Directions.

Br. Tim Sucher surrounded by families visiting the Franciscan Christmas at the Christian Moerlein Event Center

Br. Tim Sucher surrounded by families visiting the Franciscan Christmas at the Christian Moerlein Event Center

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Daily Reflections for Advent with the Blessed Mother

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Advent

Wait in Joyful Hope
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Dear Friends,

We are happy to bring you the 2017 pocket book of daily reflections for Advent. This year, we honor our Blessed Mother with Wait in Joyful Hope, created by our friends at Franciscan Media.

Thank you for allowing us Franciscans to accompany you in your journey through Advent to the birth of our Savior. May this season of anticipation and hope prepare your heart to welcome the Lord with Joy!

Thanks for all you do for us. We are most grateful.

Fr. John Bok, OFM

AdventTo receive your free booklet, send your name and address to friarworks@franciscan.org and we’ll mail you your copy today. Or call Colleen Cushard at 513-721-4700 ext 3219.

Offer valid in the US only. If you live outside of the US, contact us for the electronic version.

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Lessons & Carols at St. Anthony Shrine

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The St. Anthony Shrine choir

The St. Anthony Shrine choir

We need a Savior to be born into our world
and into our hearts.
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Guardian Br. Norbert

Guardian Br. Norbert

Join Shrine Guardian Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM, and the Franciscans at the National Shrine of St. Anthony for:

“Lessons & Carols”
Sunday December 10
4:00 PM

It is a program of six scripture readings and Advent carols sung by the choir and the congregation that are meant to help us prepare for Christmas.

The service will be followed by light refreshments in the friars’ dining room.  All are invited.

Click here for directions to the Shrine.

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Older Adults Leverage Age for Greater Returns

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Planned giving Charitable gift annuities provide donors with an immediate tax deduction, guaranteed fixed payments for life, and the satisfaction of providing future support for the Franciscans.  As annuity rates are based on the age of the person establishing the annuity, older donors benefit from higher rates.  Gift annuities can provide payments to one or two people, either jointly or successively.

Annuity rates 2017 The minimum amount required to establish a gift annuity benefitting the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province is $20,000.  Gift annuities can be funded cash or stock.  If funded with stock held for more than one year that has increased in value, donors will bypass a significant portion of the capital gains tax.

Here’s an example:

Mary Richards, age 75, establishes a $20,000 gift annuity.  Based on Mary’s age, the annuity rate will be 5.8%.  Mary will receive an annual annuity payment of $1,160 for life, regardless of how long she lives. $875 of Mary’s annuity payment will be tax-free until 2029. She will also receive an immediate tax deduction of $9,154. Upon Mary’s passing, whatever remains in the annuity account passes to the Province of St. John the Baptist.

For more information about gift annuities, without obligation, contact Colleen Cushard, Co-Director of Franciscan Ministry & Mission, at 513-721-4700 or ccushard@franciscan.org .

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Friars share their journey

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Friars tell why they chose to follow St. Francis in a series of videos.

“I felt a sense of being home,” Fr. Colin King says of his decision to join the Order of Friars Minor.
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“I fell in love with Franciscan community when I was in high school and made a trip to the Franciscan Seminary,” says Fr. Greg Friedman
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“Who am I as a child of God? Who is God asking me to be?” were the thoughts going through Fr. Cliff Hennings’ mind as a young man discerning his life’s calling.
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“You need to discern what you feel called to, drawn to, by the God who sustains your life at every second of your life,” advises Fr. Bob Bruno on finding one’s vocation.
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“When I visited the Franciscans something clicked,” says Fr. Roger Lopez of his search for the right fit in his vocation search.
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“My experience from the very beginning was great. And so I was happy to continue the journey and commit my life to it,” says Fr. Jim Bok of choosing the life of a Franciscan friar.
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“Follow your dream. If you feel a call, talk to someone about it. And be persistent in following it and finding out the truth if this is the vocation for you,” advises Fr. Robert Seay to men considering a religious life.
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How do people discern their calling? Fr. Richard Goodin, Associate Director of Vocations, shares his dreams of helping people walk across the bridge of discernment.

Would you like to talk with us about how you can become a friar?
Contact Fr. Page Polk, OFM, Director of Vocations at fatherpage@franciscan.org
or Fr. Richard Goodin, OFM, at becomeafriar@franciscan.org

Vocations office: 513-542-1082 or 800-827-1082

Learn more online at: franciscan.org/become-a-friar

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