Friars’ St. Anthony Stories

St Anthony is beloved throughout the world and is responsive to all people and all needs. His intercessory powers before our God are awesome.

Among the Franciscans themselves and in the liturgy of his feast, St. Anthony is celebrated as a teacher and preacher extraordinaire. He was the first teacher in the Franciscan Order, given the special approval and blessing of St. Francis to instruct his brother Franciscans. His effectiveness as a preacher calling people back to the faith resulted in the title “Hammer of Heretics.” Just as important were his peacemaking and calls for justice.

Many friars have a special devotion to St. Anthony. This year, in honor of the Solemn Novena to St. Anthony, we’ve collected St. Anthony stories written by friars. Beginning Tuesday, April 16, and continuing every Tuesday through June 11, we will post a new St. Anthony Story.

Click on the photos below to read each friar’s  St. Anthony story.

Fr. Colin KIng, OFM

Fr. Colin’s St. Anthony story

Fr. Alex Kratz

Fr. Alex’s St. Anthony story

Fr. David Kohut, OFM

Fr. David’s St. Anthony Story

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Fr. Mark’s St. Anthony story

St Anthony postcard

Fr. Bill’s St. Anthony story

Fr. Joe Ricchini

Fr. Joe’s St. Anthony story

Himalayan cat

Br. Mark’s St. Anthony Story

Br. Gene and OLO Perpetual Help shrine

Br. Gene’s St. Anthony Story

Br. Vince and St. Anthony statue

Br. Vince’s St. Anthony story