Ministry of the Word Friars Announce New Books

Maria Hayes Friar News

Two of the Province’s Ministry of the Word members have recently had books published.

In his first book, The Wandering Friar (Tate Publishing 2013), John Anglin, OFM, of St. Petersburg, Fla., seeks to remind readers that the Church is not only composed of its leaders. The Wandering Friar details Fr. John’s encounter with the many faces of the Church — the rich and the poor, city folk, suburbanites, country people, Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans — during his 40 years in ministry. Some are strong in their faith, others are weak or growing, but all of them are Catholic.

“Fr. John tells the stories of amazing people who form the Church, people he has personally encountered during those years,” reads the book’s description. “Some of them are true saints who live their faith in an extraordinary way. Others are folks who have struggled to live the faith.”

The book is available through Tate Publishing, both in hard copy and as an e-book. The Wandering Friar will appear on bookstore shelves beginning May 28. John continues to publish on his blog, The Wandering Friar.

William DeBiase, OFM, of Philadelphia, has released his second e-book, Lent: A Time of Hope. The book, available through Amazon for Kindle users, contains a series of daily reflections for Lent. Each is based on a daily scripture passage, and is accompanied by a meditation written by William.

“These meditations challenge us to see Lent as a time for renewal in our lives and to see it as the source of hope which is at the heart of our existences,” reads the book’s description.

His first e-book, Hoping With God, was released in November 2012.

William has created a Facebook page for those interested in keeping up with his writing and reflections. As of Feb. 25, it had 64 likes. He continues to post video reflections on his blog, Franciscan.

— Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.