NEW YORK — This year marks the 90th anniversary of St. Anthony’s Guild, the nonprofit corporation guided by the friars that promotes the spiritual wellbeing of its members, aids the education of men in their vocation to the Franciscan Order, and serves God by helping Franciscans in their ministry. The guild’s magazine is helping to commemorate the occasion.
“This issue marks the beginning of our yearlong celebration that will include special monthly mailings about St. Anthony, a special 90th anniversary Mass, a special issue of The Anthonian on the history of the Guild, and a year of prayer dedicated to the members of St. Anthony’s Guild, living and deceased,” wroteDavid Convertino, OFM, executive director of St. Anthony’s Guild, in the spring-summer issue of The Anthonian.
The current issue is the first to include articles in Spanish, written by Octavio Duran, OFM, of St. Anthony’s Guild, and Edgardo Zea-Laura, OFM, of Siena College. Octavio also takes photographs for The Anthonian.
“My friends, please pray for us as we begin to open up the magazine to new members as we spread the word about St. Anthony,” David said.
Topics that are featured in this issue of The Anthonian include:
• A report on the Franciscan pilgrimage to Italy taken by David Convertino, OFM, Octavio Duran, OFM, andThomas Hartle, OFM, who led the trip
• An interview with Br. Alessandro Brustenghi, OFM, a Franciscan friar who is also a professional singer
• The story of the history of the distribution of St. Anthony’s Bread at St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J., where Christopher VanHaight, OFM, is pastor
• An account of the visit of St. Anthony’s relics to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, whereAndrew Reitz, OFM, is pastor
• The Franciscan journey of Michael Calabria, OFM, who serves as chaplain of Georgetown University, Washington
• A story about the Stephen Ministry at St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J.
• An article about the role of students who serve at St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia
The Anthonian is published three times a year by the guild. Members of the editorial and design ministry include Octavio, Russell Becker, OFM, and Frank Maurovich.
— Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.