St. Anthony of Padua holds a special place in the hearts of Franciscans and is often a”favorite saint” for the faithful. Compelled to leave the Religious Order of St. Augustine and become a follower of St. Francis due to the martyrdom of five Franciscan Friars in Morocco, this dear saint was a gifted, holy and educated speaker. His simple eloquence was, and still is, an inspiration to many Christians and his good works have led to the conversion of many. The Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua is June 13th.
The friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province celebrate this day in earnest. One such annual celebration is a Feast Day Pilgrimage at the Shrine of St. Anthony (Ellicott City, MD). Friars from around the province travel to Maryland, alongside hundreds of pilgrims for a day filled with Talks, Adoration, Mass, Confession, Sacramentals, Live Music and Activities for Children. The guest presenter for 2015 was Most Reverend Fr. Joachim Giermek, OFM Conv., the 118th successor of St. Francis as Minister General of the Order Friars Minor Conventual (2001-2007). Fr. Joachim, a friar of our province, currently ministers through RCIA programs, military chaplaincy and clergy support at many parishes in the Maryland area.
Pilgrims traveled from near and far; some moved by encounters with our friars in ministry throughout Eastern North America, and some moved by a personal connection with St. Anthony. Over 700 pilgrims enjoyed a great day at the Shrine of St. Anthony.
St. Anthony of Padua ~ Pray for us!
“Christians must lean on the Cross of Christ just as travelers lean on a staff when they begin a long journey. They must have the Passion of Christ deeply embedded in their minds and hearts, because only from it can they derive peace, grace, and truth.”
~ St. Anthony of Padua (Doctor of the Church)