BOSTON — On April 17, Gary Convertino and Sr. Margaret Henry of the human resources department hosted an in-service day for friars and staff of St. Anthony Shrine here. The Franciscan theme of the day included talks by David Convertino, OFM, director of the shrine, John Maganzini, OFM and Hugh Macsherry, OFM.
John opened the day with prayer and a discussion of Franciscan spirituality. Hugh researched the shrine’s history and developed a PowerPoint presentation that included early beginnings to present day. David presented the Franciscan model of ministry, and offered friars and staff time for questions and sharing. A luncheon, prepared by the kitchen staff, followed the program.
One of the employees commented: “This was a perfect morning. It is just what we needed.” Another new employee said, “I had no idea of the history and the background. Today, I really feel a part of the mission of the shrine.”
On April 20, the friars gathered again for an evening of Franciscan celebration. The evening began with renewal of vows in the friars’ chapel. Some of the friars from Saint Anthony Residence attended.
During the prayer service prepared by John, David invited the friars to renew their profession. Hugh renewed his simple profession of vows for five months. He will make his solemn profession later this year. After the prayer service, the friars’ gathered for a festive dinner.