Since our inception, the Franciscans and their values of Healing, Community, Personalism, Justice, and Gratitude have been a guiding force of our Foundation.
The Franciscans OFM (Order of Friars Minor) are a Catholic order of priests and brothers founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. Communities of Franciscan Friars can be found throughout the world and are often joined in their work by nuns known as the Poor Clares OSC (Order of St. Clare) and the Third Order (secular Franciscans), made up of lay men and women who don’t take religious vows, but carry out the principles of Franciscan life. These orders embrace a life of poverty, prayer, fraternity, joy and service, with the underlying goal of deepening their union with God.
As a Catholic order, the Franciscans believe we encounter Christ in our brothers and sisters, particularly through our service to the vulnerable and marginalized members of society. Working with those experiencing poverty, homelessness, unemployment, abandonment, and exclusion is at the heart of what we do.
The Franciscans are more than just a religious order. It is a movement that inspires all of us to turn prayer into action, reflection into advocacy, and to work toward peace by establishing a more just and equitable world. Here at St. Anthony’s we strive to embody Franciscan spirituality in all that we do. This spirituality is one that is rooted in the idea that God is a part of our world, not distant from us. As such, we are committed to upholding the inherent dignity of all creation. This begins with treating every human being with love and care, regardless of the circumstances. Just as God loves unconditionally, we are called to do likewise.