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Leave a legacy of charity to the Franciscans with the stroke of a pen.

Estate Planning

You can support the Franciscans with a stroke of the pen by naming the Province of St. John the Baptist as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), life insurance policy or donor advised fund. Beneficiary designations are simple to arrange,…

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Jubilarians 2018

Senior Friars

Br. Michael Dubec, OFM 50 Years Profession Be sure to thank people you meet along the way honestly and sincerely for the small things in life. Br. Mike Dubec, OFM Fr. Robert Weakley, OFM 50…

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Friars chart a new course

Prayer

Provincial Minister Mark Soehner address the friars at Chapter. Today, there are seven Franciscan provinces in the United States. On May 30, 2018, the friars of six of those provinces voted to support the formation of one new organization.…

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Missing a prayer card on a very important day

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Prayer to Jesus thru the intercession of St. Anthony I misplaced a favorite, effective Holy Spirit prayer card. I looked everywhere it might be located and did not find it. I prayed to Jesus thru the intercession of St. Anthony…

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St. Anthony helps mom build children's faith

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Thank you dearest St. Anthony I thank you for all the help and divine intercession . The miracle that you did made me speechless. One fine day, I had to go for the catechism orientation for the parents in…

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New member of Duns Scotus friary

Pet Blessing

Happy and safe Our founder, St Francis is the patron saint of animals.  The friars living in this friary love animals and wanted to adopt an animal from a local rescue shelter.   Say hello to Kody, the newest and…

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125 years and still going strong

Saint Anthony

Photo of rainbow over the Vatican. Tomas1111/Fotosearch Few magazines are blessed to complete 125 years of publication. Thanks to you, our loyal readers, we will begin our 126th year next month. A short look back at our changing Church,…

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A lifetime of faith and service

Estate Planning, Support the Friars

Dorothy and Bill Harmeyer are members of the St. Anthony Legacy Circle. Six Decades of Love, Family and Community Lead Couple to Create Legacy Continuing Lifetime of Faith and Service Almost six decades after their marriage, and still living…

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Fun and Fraternity

Events

Friars Richard Goodin, Dominic Lococo, Pat McCloskey, Bill Farris, Tim Lamb, Carl Langenderfer, Tom Gerchak, and Tom Speier Temps dip, but spirits soar at Reds Parade On parade day, it’s supposed to be springtime. Tell that to hundreds of…

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Novena to St. Anthony of Padua

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Pray with us The National Shrine of St. Anthony celebrates the Novena to St. Anthony every Tuesday at 2:30 pm and at the 7:00 pm evening Mass. We would love to celebrate with you but if you can’t make…

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St. Anthony sighting

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Unbelievable miracle of St. Anthony I always thought of St. Anthony as the boring Saint. After all, all he is known for is finding lost things, compared to more exciting saints that were martyred or performed amazing miracles. Well,…

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Gifts that pay you

Support the Friars

Support the Franciscans, get a tax-break and lifetime income with a Charitable Gift Annuity If getting a tax deduction and income for life would brighten your financial outlook, consider supporting the Franciscans with a Charitable Gift Annuity. Here are…

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A blessing beyond measure

Missions, Support the Friars

Thank you from Raymond and Marie Rose Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how financial contributions actually impact the lives of those less fortunate. Donations are sent off with thoughts, prayers, and knowledge that others are being helped, but it’s…

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Saving a shrine with work, prayers and the grace of God

Missions

Fr. Alex Kratz outside the newly renovated St. Joseph Chapel and Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pontiac, Michigan It’s taken work, prayers and the grace of God The statues are peeling. The parking lot is a…

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NBC Left Field features our Fr. Richard Goodin

Vocations

Fr. Richard Goodin, OFM Fr. Richard Goodin, Director of Vocations, is one of two young religious featured in “More Young Christians Heed Call to Become Priests And Nuns”, a video produced by NBC Left Field. According to Reporter…

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Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum schedule at the St. Anthony Shrine

Lent and Easter

Triduum at the National Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua Passion (Palm) Sunday – March 25th 10:00 AM – Blessing of Palm & Procession/Mass Holy Week Monday – March 26th 7:30…

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Reds Opening Day Parade is April 2

Events, Saint Francis

 Reds Opening Day Parade w Friars from Franciscan Media on Vimeo. The video above highlights the friars in the 2017 Opening Day Parade. Friars are once again…

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St. Anthony helped relieve Margot's frustration

Prayer, Saint Anthony

A light in the dark On a dark, cold, and drizzly February evening, I met my son to buy patio furniture for his new home. The people selling the outdoor table and chairs were a long 45 minute drive…

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A glimpse of life in poverty

Missions, Serving the poor

They learned what it was like to live in poverty, says Fr. Clifford Hennings (top row center) Changing our perception of others Lent is a wonderful time to get our house in order, to ask more of ourselves, our…

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Lenten practices in Berkley, Michigan

Lent and Easter, Missions

“Lent is like a laboratory for us,” says Br. Al Mascia. Parents as pupils Twice a month when Sunday Mass ends, about 60 people follow Br. Al Mascia across the street from Our Lady of La Salette Church in…

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Hispanic Lenten practices

Lent and Easter

The Living the Eucharist program aims to help parishioners deepen their faith. Hispanic tradition According to a survey of ethnic groups in America, “Hispanics are most likely to embrace the idea of sacrifice or giving something up” for Lent,…

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Lenten practices in Africa

Lent and Easter, Missions

Br. Tim Lamb, third from right, top row, with some of the young friars in East Africa Personal Giving Last year Br. Tim Lamb asked young African friars in Nairobi, Kenya, what they wanted to do for Lent. In…

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Lenten practices in Jamaica

Lent and Easter, Missions

Pastor Jim Bok at Mary, Gate of Heaven in Jamaica Mending society Since just 4% of Jamaicans are Catholic, “I am always baffled by the fact that Ash Wednesday is a national holiday,” says Pastor Jim Bok of Mary,…

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Navajo Lenten practices

Lent and Easter, Missions

Fr. Blane Grein with parishioners in Chinle, from 2012 The Navajo Way Aside from Christmas and Easter, “Ash Wednesday was always the best attended service of the year,” according to Fr. Blane Grein, former pastor of Our Lady of…

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Lenten practices in high school

Lent and Easter, Missions

Fr. Roger Lopez teaches at Roger Bacon High School Teaching Lent This year, students in Theology classes at Roger Bacon will have a hard time escaping their Lenten resolutions. They’re as close as the screen on their iPad. They…

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Pay a devotional visit to the St. Anthony Shrine

Events, Jesus, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Anthony, Saint Francis

If you have not been able to visit the St. Anthony Shrine in person yet, why not plan a road trip with family or friends in 2018? Check out our video and see why so many others find solace…

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Oops! St. Anthony found our lost page.

Jesus, Lent and Easter, News, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Anthony

Page found! ~ Our Lent with Saint Anthony pocket booklet is perfect in many ways, but we recently discovered that it is missing a page. The page with the prayers and reflections for February 24, also known as the…

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Kids share the fun at Friars Club

Events, Missions, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis, Senior Friars

March Madness! ~ Do you have any idea what it is like to spend a Saturday with between 650 and 800 kids? Let’s do the math: 10 kids on a team, 20 kids on a court and 80…

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How do you become a friar?

Jesus, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis, Vocations

Is God calling you? ~ Fr. Richard Goodin, Director of Vocations, is here to help you with the process of becoming a friar. In a new series of videos Fr. Richard maps out the process. The first…

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Lent with the Franciscans

Jesus, Lent and Easter, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis

Lent Preparations with Roger Lopez, OFM from Franciscan Media on Vimeo. Franciscan Media and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land have online resources for your best Lent ever. ~ Franciscan Media, our publishing ministry,…

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