Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 56th 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 is popular the world over. There is devotion to him in every region and corner of the world. Not surprisingly, he has a special place in the hearts even those not of the Catholic faith. Portuguese by birth, he is universally called St. Anthony of Padua, since he died near Padua and the region of northern Italy benefited from his priestly ministry.
Originally, a member of the Canon Regulars of St. Augustine, he later became a Franciscan in 1220.
Prayer of the Month
O holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers.
Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request).
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded into your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours.