Saint Anthony

A difficult prayer to St. Anthony

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Our Mother had been suffering with emphysema for 8 years. She became very ill and was in the hospital. Dad said a novena to St. Anthony saying, “If Mom is not well enough to come home, ask God to…

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Unique St. Anthony Celebrations from devotees

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Maria had friar habits made for her nephew Salvatore, her granddaughter Ri,  and her late husband Angelo. In last month’s e-newsletter, Fr. John shared how the Franciscan friars in Cincinnati would be celebrating the…

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Special time with family and friends

Saint Anthony

Most people enjoy family reunions. There is something wonderful about seeing relatives you haven’t seen for some time who live out of town. Fr. Mark Soehner congratulates Fr. John Bok on 60 years as a Franciscan priest at…

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Celebrating St. Anthony of Padua

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Fr. Colin King holds high the 1st class relic of St. Anthony of Padua to bless the crowds visiting from Michigan. Photo by Fr. Frank Jasper (2018) How do you celebrate St. Anthony’s Feast Day? For many of…

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Tony, Tony, look around

Prayer, Saint Anthony

  I have an amazing St. Anthony story! Back in the early ’80s—maybe 1982 or 1983—we were among five couples at Perdido Bay near Pensacola, Florida. We were all in water over our heads, and to be honest, we…

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St. Anthony, Our Miracle Worker

Prayer, Saint Anthony

St. Anthony’s Kitchen serves breakfast to many children before they go to school. Photo by Colleen Cushard So many of us count on St. Anthony’s intercession throughout the year. We primarily think of this very popular saint as…

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Grateful for St. Anthony help as mom ages

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Denise sent us not one, but two, St. Anthony stories. Dear Shrine staff, My brother texted me this photo of Mom’s hearing aids that St. Anthony helped find. Today was the second time my 98-year-old…

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Friars and Football

Saint Anthony

Troy Apke of the Washington Commanders is the great-nephew of Fr. John. Photo of Troy by a family member. You might find it interesting that my brother, Fr. Jim, and I have a great nephew who is on…

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Solemn Novena to St. Anthony begins April 12

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Fr. John Bok, OFM The Solemn Novena to St. Anthony (our special yearly novena leading up to his feast day) will begin tomorrow, April 12, and conclude on June 7, six days before his feast day on June…

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St. Anthony Helps Family with Items During a Move

Prayer, Saint Anthony

  The beloved Eleanor I overheard my elementary-age girls fervently praying: “Please, St. Anthony! Help us find Eleanor!” We had just moved to a new house, and it seemed that one special doll did not make it. We…

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