BOSTON — St. Anthony Shrine in Boston kicked off a new ministry for young adults on Jan. 13. After Mass, approximately people, ages 20 to 40, joined the friars for lunch, later discussing development of this new ministry.
Gathering in the auditorium of the shrine, the group enjoyed a buffet lunch while listening to a CD of the Arch Street Band, the shrine’s music ministry. Joining the group were Fergus Healey, OFM; Phil O’Shea, OFM; Gene Pistacchio, OFM; Gary Maciag, OFM; Richard Flaherty, OFM; David Convertino, OFM; Myron McCormick, OFM; Emeric Meier, OFM; and Barry Langley, OFM.
After lunch, the group met in two age-based groups, called 20 Boston and 30 Boston. The groups discussed several questions developed by David and Mark Amerault, staff coordinator for the new ministry.
They discussed ideas for the future of the ministry, according to Amerault. “They are interested in getting to know the friars more personally. They would like to feel that they can stop by to get their insight on issues.” The young people are also interested in finding ways to keep their faith life alive in the face of employment and political pressures.
“It was a great way to meet other young adults who share the same common beliefs, interests and faith within the shrine,” he added. “The group was also interested in the many ministries the shrine has to offer, including our ministry to the homeless, Bread on the Common, the Wellness Center, and the different twilight retreats.” The group plans to gather monthly.
Shown in the photo above are friars, from left, Raymond Mann, OFM, Gary Maciag and Philip O’Shea.