Let us pray for your needs and intentions – you and your members of your family, both living and deceased, will be remembered in the novenas celebrated for your intentions and in the masses offered each day for you.

Our Current Novena

December 2017


Dear Friend,

How would you respond if God called you to leave everything and everyone behind and become His lifelong servant?

St. Anthony answered with a resounding “yes!” And our seminarians studying to be Franciscans echo St. Anthony’s response.

Few people are in a position to “accept the gift of poverty” and commit to full-time service to the poor as a way of life. But by being a partner and benefactor to our seminarians, your hand can reach out with theirs to touch thousands of lives throughout their lifetime of service.

It takes a great deal of money to train, educate, feed and house our seminarians during their years of study. Many come from poor communities and they count on good friends, “apostles at heart” like you, for everything.

Once a year, we ask you to fill “St. Anthony’s Burse” to help our seminarians on their journey toward priesthood. This year, the need for your support has grown even more critical. The cost of even the most fundamental needs — food, clothing, shelter, and books — for each one of our seminarians now well exceeds $3,800.

Please make the most generous donation you can today – $50, $100, $25, or whatever you can afford – to ensure that they have the means to answer God’s call to bring the Work of God to the poor and suffering men, women and children served by our Franciscan missions.

I ask you to pray for their success, too. To thank you for all your kindness, our seminarians and Franciscan friars will remember you and pray for your needs in two Novenas of Masses celebrated in Bethlehem on December 14 – 24 and December 25 – January 2, and in honor of the Holy Family January 1-9. Please send me your intentions and I will see that they are remembered.

Thank you for being as generous as you can to support our Franciscan seminarians. Like the miracle of the loaves and fishes, the value of your gift will multiply itself over and over again as these young men pursue a lifetime of service to all whose lives are touched by their works.

God bless you and best wishes for a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with joy and peace.

Yours in St. Anthony,


Fr. Robert, O.F.M.