Anthonian’s New Name Strengthens Franciscan Message

Maria Hayes Around the Province

NEW YORK — Those who pick up the latest issue of The Anthonian magazine will notice a new look — the addition of the word “Franciscan” beneath the magazine’s name.

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 12.26.49 PMThe Anthonian certainly demonstrates our devotion to St. Anthony, but the name doesn’t actually tell our whole story,” said David Convertino, OFM, executive director of St. Anthony’s Guild, in the foreword of the summer-fall 2014 issue. “Our family of origin is Franciscan, and our founder is St. Francis. I feel our name should also signify who our family is and what we are about.”

With the magazine’s name change, The Anthonian continues to provide an in-depth look at the Franciscan charism and the ways the friars serve God’s people.

Released earlier this month, this issue’s cover features the joyful faces of Fred Dilger, OFM, and Xavier de la Huerta, OFM, who shares his life and ministry in an article titled “A Throwback to St. Francis.” The story describes Xavier’s role in the beginnings of St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, where he has been stationed since 1981, and the grace and sense of humor that has accompanied him throughout his ministry.

Other items featured in The Anthonian’s current issue include:

  • The advocacy work of the Student Leaders’ Von Nieda Park Task Force in Camden, N.J., as told from the perspective of Casey Cole, OFM. The friar spent this summer working with the students in Camden.
  • Iconography created by Michael Reyes, OFM, and his experience serving in Wilmington, Del., for his yearlong internship. After that, Michael was solemnly professed on Aug. 23.
  • The important role itinerant preachers play in the Province, including the ministry of Kevin Cronin, OFM, and Daniel Lanahan, OFM
  • “My Franciscan Journey” by Bartholomew McMahon, OFM, of Tokyo, Japan

This issue also includes an article in Spanish, “Esfuerzo Franciscano Mundial por la Paz,” or “Franciscan Global Effort for Peace.” The story highlights Joseph Rozansky, OFM, director of the Order’s office for justice, peace and integrity of creation. Joseph shares the ways he works with other branches of the Franciscan family toward a common goal: peace.

St. Anthony’s Guild publishes The Anthonian three times a year. Octavio Duran, OFM, Russell Becker, OFM, and Frank Maurovich oversee the editorial and design. Previous issues are available on the Guild’s website.

Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.