St. Anthony Shrine Hosts Semi-Annual Street Fair

Diane Monaghan Around the Province

BOSTON — St. Anthony Shrine on Arch Street hosted its annual street fair in honor of the Feast of St. Francis on Tuesday Oct. 3.

More than 2,000 attendees enjoyed the Indian summer weather as they visited the Shrine for a free lunch from local restaurant, Sebastians, free iced coffees from Dunkin Donuts, and homemade cookies. An entire city block in Downtown Crossing between Franklin and Summer Streets was cordoned off for the fair, while the Shrine’s music ministry provided ragtime and jazz live music.

Downtown workers strolled through the area to visit booths, talk with directors, and learn more about the Shrine’s ministries. Many signed on as volunteers for future events.

“What a beautiful day and a beautiful event,” said one woman who stopped by the raffle tables.

Sr. Margaret Henry, MFIC, baked more than 30 loaves of Irish raisin and brown bread for the seniors of Arch Street and sold them all within the first half hour. The Wellness Center hosted many people at their open house and provided free cholesterol and blood screenings. The evangelization table interested many people who wanted to hear more about the Shrine’s Hispanic, Gay & Lesbian, and Koinonia ministries, particularly the Spirituality in the Pub program.

In photo, Justus Frazier greets visitors at the fair.