Welcome to St. Anthony's Guild
St. Anthony's Guild in East Rutherford, N.J., a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New Jersey, 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.
The Anthonian Winter 2013—2014
As we continue to celebrate 90 Years of Love At Work,® we can see the work of God in the great and diverse world around us.
This issue of the Anthonian showers the reader with words that are part of the very fabric of our lives and demonstrates love very much at work in the lives of those we will meet in these pages.
Peace, faith, gratitude, welcoming, future, recovery and finally, love, fly off the pages and fill our spirits and our hearts with the stories of lives not unlike ours, and yet very different from ours in many ways.
You will be inspired with the story of a newly ordained friar, and moved by the story of a tsunami that separated a husband and wife.