St. Anthony's Corner
"Would not a person who is close to death or in dire straits
rejoice if he
were told that someone is coming to help him out? Certainly!
therefore rejoice that a Saviour has been born who will deliver
the power of evil and the gates of hell."
Like a Light to the World
Apostolic Commissions: "Formation"
Task: To encourage spiritual growth through Formation and to have a
uniform plan for Formation at all stages. Chairpersons: Rena Xuereb and
The formation committee met Oct. 31. Members: Rena, Joanne,
Connie Jo, Louise and Christina.
We have one Inquirer, Carol Lovato, who is near completion
of her Inquiry Phase.
Candidates in Formation: Brigit McCoy, Martha Lopez and Adelia
Encinias. They are also near completion of their formation with retreat
and profession in February 1999.
Ongoing Formation: Louise continues to have class monthly before
the fraternity meeting. Series on the Holy Spirit will be ending in December
and the series on God the Father will begin in January in preparation for
the Jubilee, the third and final year of preparation. This pilgrimage takes
place in the heart of each one of us and extends to our church community.
It is the desire of the Church that this year become a great act of praise
to the Father.
All professed members are encouraged to participate in this journey.
The Newsletter will have excerpts from Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter.
Each year our fraternity reaches out to the churches in Albuquerque
to recruit vocations. This coming year we are asking our members to get
involved in this effort by inviting a friend to the
monthly meeting starting in January. We will also include information
in “The Communicator” and “People of God” newsletters. Any ideas are welcomed.
Together in Power
There are a few things you may try in order to find some holy
space in the midst of the holiday activities:
*Set aside time for prayer and reflection. Block out some time on your
calendar as mini retreats and treat yourself to a quiet time with the Lord.
Don’t let the pressing demands cause you to give these times up. Treat
time with God as a sense of priority.
*Talk to your family and friends about how special this time of year
is to you, on a spiritual basis.See if you could come up with some ways
to make this Christmas a little simpler, a little more focused.
*Use Christmas conversations as an opportunity to talk about Jesus.
Share your beliefs about Christ and help them make the connections.
*Give generously to the poor.
*Find an elderly person or someone without a family..and make them part
of yours for the holidays.
Arthur and Erma Lente (and sons):
ARTHUR: I was born in Gallup, NM and grew up there among Franciscans.
During the depression my father moved us to the Laguna Pueblo Reservation,
where he was from. We lived there for five years in harsh poverty, yet
God always provided for our basic needs. While on the reservation I was
exposed to Franciscanism-missionary priests and nuns- and I naively thought
that the whole world’s religious was composed of ONLY Franciscans. Also
I was very impressed with the great missionary zeal and love for God and
humankind of one, Fr. Conradine Stark, and because of him I felt a calling
to the Franciscan priesthood.
In 1944 I went to the Franciscan seminary in Santa Barbara,
California and it was there that I learned that there were hundreds of
religious communities other than Franciscan. I still preferred to be a
“son of St. Francis.” In 1944 our class of 48 seminarians began our Third
Order novitiate and we were professed on October 4, 1945. Including novitiate
I have been a Third Order Franciscan for 54 years.
As a St. Anthony Fraternity member I taught formation
classes and am trying to visit our sick and elderly now. I volunteer my
time to the Vincentian (St. Vincent de Paul) cause in our parish and serve
mass 3 times a week.
ERMA: I was born in Gallup of immigrant Italian stock and I also knew
what harsh poverty was. I attended the public school system in Gallup but
after the 10th grade I had this strong calling to finish my education in
a Catholic environment and so transferred to Cathedral High School. After
moving to Albuquerque I felt a call to the Third Order and was professed
on March 20, 1970. I am a 28 year tertiary. Today I belong to the Blue
Army and Our Lady’s Prayer and various intercessory prayer groups and serve
as a Eucharistic Minister to the sick at Lovelace Hospital. In the past
I served as a Fraternity formation instructor and served 3 years in the
Regional Council and in the Fraternity Council.
SONS: Two of our sons, Michael and Gregory, are also Franciscan tertiaries.
Michael was introduced to the Third Order at the same Santa Barbara seminary
and currently serves our Fraternity Council. Gregory began his Third Order
studies while stationed with the Navy in Charleston, SC, and finished and
was professed on October 19, 1996 in Silverdale, WA-Servants of the Lord
Fraternity. We feel that Michael and Gregory followed St. Francis in their
own calling rather than on any parental influence.
In Order to Serve
"May God who has begun the good work in you
bring it to fulfillment."
(From the Rite of Ordination of Deacons).
It’s a rather strange thing I’ve noticed. In the December
issue of Priest Magazine there’s always an article written
by or about a permanent deacon. In the December issue of St Anthony
Messenger there are THREE articles about or by permanent deacons.
All these articles are about each individual’s particular apostolate to
the world. One is entitled “A Deacon’s Santa Ministry” and relates about
one man’s visit each Christmas to the newborn “preemie” nursery and how
he helps parents and staff cope with these tiny human beings. He shows
all the appreciation and value for life, no matter how small we should
And that’s what it’s about-to find and serve where there exists
a need. A quote from the Deacon Digest (Nov/Dec 1998) sums
it up: “And it is Jesus who is the model of what a deacon is, and does.
Jesus never hesitates to call himself ‘the one who came to serve.’ (Matt.
20:28 and Mk. 10:45)” We don’t have to be deacons to find and fill a need.
As Franciscans we already have that charism.The question is, are we serving
where we are needed?
Remember, the library is open after the meetings!
1. Praying with Therese of Lisieux. This breathes the spirit
of Therese. It introduces us to an appealing saint and puts us in
touch with our own lives. We are invited to meet God.
2. A Handbook On...Guadalupe. While not on our shelves,
this easy to read and fascinating work on Guadalupe is published
by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in conjuction with Secular
Franciscans. It melds old and new material which is guaranteed to
“Padre Pio: The True Story”
“Brother Sun, Sister Moon”
“Scott Hahn: ‘The Lamb’s Supper’”
Do we have tapes? Yes! Tapes of the gathering were procured
as well and are available at ths time. Check some out for your continuing
Franciscan education. The learning never stops. The library remains an
untapped resource for further growth in Franciscan reading! (And don’t
forget to return your books!)
Preparing for the Jubilee 2000
(Tertio Millennio Adveniente)
AS THE YEAR 2000 becomes increasingly visible on the horizon, we
are called to prepare for the Great Jubilee proposed by Pope John Paul
II to celebrate two millennia since the birth of Jesus. The celebration
will be a time of praise and thanksgiving for God’s gift of His Son as
Earlier in this decade, the Pope extended an invitation to use
the years leading up to the year 2000 as a time for reflection and preparation-
including prayer, penance, study, and charitable acts. In his apostolic
letter, “As the Third Millennium Draws Near (Tertio Millennio Adveniente),
the Holy Father assigned a specific theme for each of the three years immediately
preceding the Great Jubilee:
1997 FAITH: Focus on Jesus Christ
1998 HOPE: Focus on the Holy Spirit
1999 LOVE: Focus on the Father
In 1999, the third and final year of preparation, will be aimed
at broadening the horizons of believers, so that they will see things in
the perspective of Christ: in the perspective of the “Father who is in
heaven” (cf. Mt. 5:45), from whom the Lord was sent and to whom he has
returned (cf. Jn 16:28).
MEANING OF THE JUBILEE 2000 LOGO
The Greek cross is inscribed in a circular blue field that symbolizes
the universe and the need for
solidarity. The cross sustains and upholds humanity gathered in the
continents represented by the five doves. The cross is the same color as
the doves, signifying the incarnation whereby God enters into
human history and redeems it. The light that comes from the center
of the design represents Christ,
who is the light of the world. The colors of the logo remind us that
joy and peace are an integral part of the Jubilee celebration.
More on Family and the Holy Family
“In their family, they should cultivate the Franciscan
spirit of peace, fidelity, and
respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already
renewed in Christ.”
(Rule of SFO, par. 17)
“So...How’s the Family?”
by Richard Encinias,M.A.,Ph.D(c)
When was the last time someone asked you, “How’s your family
doing?” What was your response? If you’re like most, your answer was probably
a pat answer. Manydon’t think about how well (or not) they are doing in
or with their families until there is a crisis. Is it because we just take
it for granted that everything will simply “fall” into place, or is it
because we just don’t know how to assess the condition our family is in?
The Holy Family
The Communion of Saints, the Church in glory in Heaven and the Church
in pilgrimage on earth are in a real sense a Holy Family. The feast of
Christmas gives us the earthly pattern in the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary
and Joseph wherein the holiest was the least in authority. The harmony,
peace, and love of the Holy Family foreshadows that of the Comunion of
Saints. The child Jesus appeared to St. Anthony of Padua as a sign to us
of the love of the infant Jesus for anyone who gives himself wholly to
How long has it been since you considered the condition
of your family, its strengths and its weaknesses? Many things determine
the strength of the family. The question is: how are we to know exactly
what the “many things” are? Who determines what a family is to look like?
Today many “experts” inundate us with a tremendous amount of information
and theories of “function” or “dysfunction.” What information and theory
are we to believe? Often we are left with more questions than answers,
unless we look to the only source, the originator of the family, God Himself
and His revealed Word. It is God that brought the family into existence.
He has a plan, a blueprint, of what and how the family is to look and function.
We CAN know how our families are doing by using God’s work as the standard
of measure not only to build but also maintain strong and growing family
relationships. How is your family doing?