January 3, 2023
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
Dear Companion os St. Anthony:
Peace and all good. We find ourselves in the middle of the Christmas season and a few days before the Solemnity of the Epiphany. The astrologers brought gifts to the newborn King. They came from afar to behold the birth of the King of Kings.
During the last month and at Christmastime we prepared Him room in our hearts. Your offered your prayers and donations to the Companions of St. Anthony and I am, and the friars are most grateful. Seriously, without your prayerful and financial contributions we can continue our mission to preach the Gospel and share our Franciscan charism.
The end of 2022 saw also the death of +Pope Benedict XVI. May the Lord give him eternal rest for all his labors for the church and our world. This is an end of a year and an end to an era of two popes – one that we may never see in our lifetime. The year ahead brings us all many possibilities and may every one of us continue to prepare Him room as we say yes to all that may be asked of us in charity and hope.
Many thanks for your continued thoughtfulness and support of our Companions program and the Shrine of St. Anthony.
In Christ and St. Anthony,
Fr. Richard-Jacob Forcier, OFM Conv.
Spiritual Guardian, Companions of St. Anthony
Director and Rector, Shrine of St. Anthony