St. Anthony Friary with the new addition, at right. (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

Butler Friary Unveils New Safety and Comfort Upgrades

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News, Home Page – News

The 116-year-old St. Anthony’s Friary in northern New Jersey – home to nearly 30 friars, most of them senior members of the Province – has received much-needed functional and aesthetic upgrades to enhance the safety and comfort of friars, including a modern elevator, fireproof staircase, and exterior observation decks on each of the five residential floors with spectacular vistas of the Ramapo Mountains.

Guardian Frank Sevola (left) watches as Shrine Rector Tom Conway demolishes something. (Photo courtesy of Julianne Gauron)

St. Anthony Shrine Women’s Medical Clinic Receives Major Renovation

Stephen Mangione Around the Province, Home Page – News

A Franciscan-based healthcare ministry that has become a beacon for one of the city’s most vulnerable and medically underserved populations has received a $1.3 million renovation.
A new handicap-accessible bathroom with shower amenities, an additional state-of-the-art examination room, a modernized and comfortable waiting area, and a new private drug and alcohol counseling room are among the features of the extensive upgrades at the Women’s Medical Clinic at St. Anthony Shrine – which has become a leading provider of healthcare to homeless women living on the streets of downtown Boston.

The DeBiase family in 2014 in front of Bill's childhood home, taking an annual Christmas photo after Mass. Bill is on the right.

My Uncle, the Franciscan Priest – An Example of Selflessness

Sean DeBiase Features, Home Page – News

To Sean DeBiase, his great-uncle William DeBiase, OFM, was always just “Uncle Bill.” But the way William lived his life in service to others as a Franciscan friar helped shape Sean’s own life and teaching career. He reflects on his uncle on the one-year anniversary of William’s death.