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Welcome to St. Anthony's Guild

St. Anthony's Guild is a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New York, is a religious association guided by the Franciscan friars. Its mission is to promote the spiritual well-being of its members, living and deceased, to aid the education of young men in their vocation to the Franciscan Order, and to serve God by helping the Franciscans in every field of apostolic work.
Promote the spiritual well being of the members, living and deceased. Besides what is offered specifically for their intentions, the members also share in the Masses, prayers and good works of the Franciscan friars.
Educate new friars. For more than 85 years, Guild members have helped educate generations of friars through their generosity.

Serve God in the love exemplified by St. Francis of Assisi. There is significance in the Guild's choice of its Patron. St. Anthony of Padua was one of the most enthusiastic and deeply motivated of St. Francis's contemporaries. Appointed by St. Francis as the first teacher of theology in the Order, St. Anthony spread and helped live the message of love for God and all his creatures. The Franciscans, today, with the help of St. Anthony's Guild, work among the poor, alienated and homeless, helping in parishes, urban service churches, schools and serving as chaplains in hospitals and other ministries.

We strive to be instruments of peace to all people. The horizons are ever widening, the needs throughout the world ever pressing and the lesson of God's love must be lived in every corner of the earth. How great is our opportunity. Together, friars and Guild members are committed to this mission, confident in the guiding spirit of St. Anthony and St. Francis.
We invite you to join us as a member of St. Anthony's Guild so that together we may continue to show others that love at work® makes a difference.

Dear Friends of St. Anthony,

When I was reading this issue of The Anthonian-Franciscan Magazine, I really felt very excited about the articles. The places and people that you will be reading about are very close to my heart. The founder of Project CREATE lives not too far from the friary where I live. Father Benedict Taylor, OFM, who comes to our house once a week for prayer and dinner, is one of the most delightful friars I have ever met. 
Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, Fla. is a vibrant community housed in a very old and beautiful church, in fact, one of the most beautiful churches you will ever see. 
I particularly liked the photo story “Workers for the Harvest!” I was privileged to be at this ordination of two of my brother friars, now Fathers Ross Chamberland, OFM, and Jeffrey Jordan, OFM. These two young friars were ordained by one of my dear friends, Cardinal Sean O’Malley. The ceremony was a spirited and spectacular event that was moving as well as Franciscan at its core. 


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