Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 58th year of service to the missions of the world, is a spiritually based organization with worldwide mission-helping undertakings. It promotes information about and interest in the missionaries and their people – particularly in the Franciscan Missions of Central America, but also in the inner cities of the United States and Canada as well as every continent in the world.
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Saint of the Month
St. Anthony of Padua, a native of Portugal, was born in Lisbon, in the year 1195. When he was 15, he joined the Canon regular of St. Augustine and remained a monk for ten years.
Filled with missionary ardor St. Anthony entered the Franciscan Order in which he spent the remaining 11 years of his short life. He died in Italy at Vercelli on June 13, 1231, and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX within a year.
In contrast to the brevity of St. Anthony’s life is the university of his appeal which remains undimmed today after almost 800 years. He is recognized by many observers as the most popular of all the Saints of God.
Prayer of the Month
Kind and gracious St. Anthony, hear my petition. Bring me the strength and courage you gave to those who heard you preach and teach in your time on earth.
Quite my Heart, still my fears. Help me become steadfast, strong and believing so that I can wait in joyful hope for the knowledge to understand and do what God wills for me. Hear my humble plea.