Dear friend of St Anthony,
St Anthony is undoubtedly the go to person in restoring whatever is lost. His devotees will attest to this without hesitation - and for a good reason - because our saint always attends to those who are in need. Here at the Shrine, more than things that were lost and found, people also come for something more valuable, seeking out spiritual and physical healing for themselves and their loved ones. The ministry of restoring health to body, mind and spirit is a service that St Anthony himself generously performed in his lifetime and which we in turn cherish as a legacy passed on to us by the saint. There is plenty of work involved in doing this but we are more than repaid by God for every written testimony and report of healing that we receive from St Anthony’s grateful devotees.
Providentially, September is another opportune month for all those seeking to be healed. We are pleased to announce that the well-known healing priest, Fr Fernando Suarez, is coming to the Shrine on Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm to offer Mass and pray for healing. Father Fernando’s powerful gift has brought many people closer to God as they received a new lease on life.
The preaching of the Gospel alongside the ministry of healing is certainly at the core of Jesus’ proclamation of God’s reign. We make this a priority for those who come to the Shrine that they too may experience it, as Scripture says, “as many as touched him were made whole” (Mk. 6:56). We therefore invite you not only to be recipients of God’s healing grace but to become yourselves instruments of healing for others, just as St Anthony did it in his time, or as Fr Suarez does it today. We know that your contribution to the Shrine as prayer partners, volunteers, benefactors and pilgrims all make up for a resounding proclamation of the Gospel and a more reassuring support for those needing to be healed. Thank you for all that you contribute for the benefit of all and for the glory of God. We hope to see you soon at the Shrine.
God bless you,
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