Maryland School, North Carolina Parish Highlight Anthonian

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — This is a “very exciting” issue of The Anthonian, according toDavid Convertino, OFM, executive director of St. Anthony’s Guild. The Franciscan spirit is perpetuated throughout the magazine, which takes readers “into two very special places: a parish and a school, both rooted in Franciscan spirituality and service.”

The Fall 2012 The Anthonian features St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh, N.C., where more than 1,000 parishioners involved in 100 different ministries work to make the world a better place.

The types of ministries range from serving meals to the needy and supporting women in crisis pregnancies to writing letters to prisoners on death row and offering bereavement care for parishioners and their families.

“We must not tire of creating a united Catholic community, reaching out to our brothers and sisters who hunger and thirst for human dignity,” said Mark Reamer, OFM, pastor, as the parish prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The magazine also follows the ministry of Gerald Hopeck, OFM, who serves as vice principal of St. Francis International School, in Silver Spring, Md.

“I love the school, its international mix of students and their parents,” Gerald said. “The majority of our 490 students have at least one parent — if not both — born outside the United States, and a good number of our students are immigrants, too. That’s why I am so excited about working here — because I believe that a good education is key for immigrants to move ahead in America — or anywhere else.

“I admire our students. Inspired by our teachers, they have a keen interest in learning and a zeal for knowing Jesus Christ better.”

Other items featured in The Anthonian include:
•   The solemn profession in August of Francis Critch, OFM, Mario Gomez, OFM, Percy Osorio, OFM, andEdgardo Zea, OFM
•   A reflection on Pope John XXIII by Russell Becker, OFM
•   “My Franciscan Journey” by Robert Lynch, OFM

The Anthonian is published three times a year by the Franciscans. Copies of the magazine can be found at most of the Province’s ministries or be obtained by contacting St. Anthony’s Guild at 1-800-848-4538. The more than 80-year-old publication can also be viewed online at

 Maria Hayes is communications coordinator of Holy Name Province.