Guild Features Senior Friars in Summer Anthonian

Kevin McGarr Around the Province

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Province’s senior friars are highlighted by St. Anthony’s Guild in its summer 2010 issue of The Anthonian with an article titled “Senior Friars Keep Going.”

The cover shows a photograph of Adrian Reister, OFM, and Julian Reister, OFM, identical 91-year-old twin brothers who reside in the St. Petersburg, Fla., friary. The issue describes the activities of the Province’s three retirement residences — in Boston, North Jersey and Florida — all of which are named for St. Anthony.

The Anthonian is inviting sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to enter an online essay contest. Students will write an essay, between 500 and 750 words, about what St. Anthony means to people, how he helps and inspires them, or what he meant for the Church. Prizes include $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for the third place. Essays, which will be displayed on the guild’s website, must be submitted online.

The magazine also includes an article by Frank Maurovich titled “Greenville’s Dynamic Parish,” highlighting St. Anthony of Padua Church’s Affordable Housing Initiative, which has bought and completely rebuilt six homes for needy families who qualify. The article also touched upon the apostolate that parishioners have chosen, such as bringing aid to an orphanage in Dakar, Senegal, and setting up a 36-man Christian community within the Tyger River Correctional Institution in Spartanburg County. “I used to be a consumer,” parishioner Bill Dillard said, “Now I’m trying to share my faith with others.”

Patrick Tuttle, OFM, who has been the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua for the past five years, said he is proud of the parish school, where 92 percent of its students go on to graduate from high school.

The issue of the magazine was mailed in June to Province ministries and to members of the guild, Holy Name Province’s fundraising partner.

Other topics featured in the issue include:
· “Through The Franciscan Lens,” a photo essay by Octavio Duran, OFM
· “Taking A Risk,” about a parish created to end discrimination and current pastor is Paul Williams, OFM
· “St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio,” by Russell Becker, OFM
· “My Franciscan Journey,” a reflection by Richard James, OFM

This issue provides “a great insight into the growth of our southern missions which began a long time ago,” wrote Joseph Hertel, OFM, director of St. Anthony’s Guild, in a letter that appears on the front cover of the 83-year-old magazine. “We also share with you our treasure, the senior friars who continue to touch people’s lives in all kinds of ministry, in prayer and ever as they grow older and sometimes weaker.”

— Kevin McGarr, a summer intern in the Province’s Communications Office, is entering his senior year at St. Bonaventure University this fall.