The Anthonian Looks to Future with Summer Issue

Vicky Wolak Around the Province

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The summer issue of The Anthonian, the quarterly magazine of St. Anthony’s Guild, includes much about the future of the Province, according to Joseph Hertel, OFM, who wrote his last letter to readers as director of the guild. David Convertino, OFM, took his place on July 1.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity of serving you in this ministry twice,” Joseph writes. “Your support and prayers have made my life one of great joy and happiness. I want you all to know how grateful I am and will continue to always pray for the Guild family.” Joseph served as director of the guild from 1996 to 2003 and returned to the position in 2009, following the death of John Piccione, OFM.

With the theme of the Province’s future, the issue reports on the May ordination of Cidouane Joseph, OFM, and Erick López, OFM, and includes profiles of three postulants, John Aherne, Pedro Corces, and Jeffrey Upshaw.

The cover story features St. Francis Friends of the Poor, the “public, non-profit corporation” that provides housing, medical care, and counseling to mentally disabled men and women who have experienced homelessness.

Throughout the issue, the following friars are pictured:

  • John Felice, OFM, John McVean, OFM, and Thomas Walters, OFM, of St. Francis Friends of the Poor
  • Michael Johnson, OFM, and Gonzalo Torres-Acosta, OFM, who assisted at the ordination of Cid and Erick
  • Dominic Monti, OFM, and Ronald Pecci, OFM, with the postulants

The summer issue also includes a Fourth of July reflection from Russell Becker, OFM, director of the Franciscan Chapel Center in Tokyo, and the “My Franciscan Journey” column by Jim McIntosh, OFM.

The Anthonian was the recipient of three Catholic Press Association awards. Octavio Duran, OFM, took first place in the “Best Photo Story” category with “Faith In Action For Justice” (Spring 2010). “Witnesses for Peace” (Spring 2010) took second place for “Best Single Photo” and “Franciscan Center in Tokyo Creates a Missionary Spirit” (Winter 2010) won third place for “Best Feature Article” in a religious order magazine.

Copies of the 83-year-old magazine can be found at most of the Province’s ministries. They can also be obtained by contacting St. Anthony’s Guild at 973-778-1915. In the fall, the staff of SAG will be moving to New York City.

— Vicky Wolak is a summer intern in the Province’s Communications Office.