Feast of St. Anthony and Day of Giving

Join us on Thursday, June 13

Give a gift in honor of St. Anthony

On our Day of Giving, please help us reach our goal of raising $77,000 in honor of our 77 years on Arch Street.

Feast of St. Anthony and Day of Giving:

Join us on Thursday, June 13, as we celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony and embark on our annual Day of Giving. This special day is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and support the vital work of St. Anthony Shrine. Our goal is to raise $77,000 in honor of our 77 years on Arch Street.

How You Can Participate:

  • Shrine open 5:30am to 6:45pm.
  • Blessed bread will be distributed 6am until supplies run out.
  • Masses at 6am, 7am, 12:05pm, or 5:15pm as we honor St. Anthony.
  • Confession in the first floor church from 10am to 1pm and 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
  • Donate Online: Can’t make it in person? You can still be part of the Day of Giving by making a donation on this page.
  • Spread the Word: Share our Day of Giving on social media and encourage others to join in supporting our mission.

Why Your Support Matters:

Your generosity directly impacts our ability to:

  • Provide essential services and support to those in need.
  • Extend our outreach programs and offer assistance to more individuals and families.
  • Maintain our vibrant community and continue our mission of compassion and service.

Together, We Make a Difference:

Every donation, no matter the size, contributes to our collective impact. Together, we can continue to be a source of hope, solace, and community for all who seek it.

Feast of St. Anthony Bread Mosaic

Who is St. Anthony?

St. Anthony of Padua was born in 1195 in Lisbon, Portugal. A contemporary of Francis of Assisi, he, like ourselves, wanted to live for something beyond himself that would give meaning to his own life. He was about 20 years old when he joined the Augustinians at a monastery near his native city.

Anthony often helped followers of Francis when they came begging for alms. He was inspired by the martyrdom of five Franciscan friars in Morocco and became consumed with the desire to join the Franciscans and preach the Gospel to the Muslims. In 1220 he became a Franciscan and sailed for Morocco – but upon reaching his destination fell seriously ill and was bedridden for several months.

En route back to Portugal, Anthony’s ship encountered a storm and was washed up on the shores of Sicily, where Franciscan friars nursed Anthony to good health. He then journeyed north to Assisi for a general gathering of some 3,000 Franciscans.

In 1221, Anthony embarked on his career as a Franciscan preacher, proclaiming the Gospel through France and Italy, where large crowds filled town squares and vast fields to hear his sermons.

Anthony called people to a deeper faith because he himself was a man of faith. He never lost sight of the transcendent dimension of his own life which enabled others to see in him the transcendent dimension of their lives. He was truly a living Gospel to others – denouncing injustice and proclaiming the message of love for God and all his creatures.

That is what made Anthony a Wonder-Worker, a friend to all of us. It is in this spirit, and with this vision, that St. Anthony Shrine, founded in 1947, tries to operate.

The Franciscan Friars, in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Anthony, continue our tradition of helping the needy, physically as well as spiritually, and strive to be instruments of peace to all people.

Distributing Bread on the Feast of St. Anthony

The excellent expression of devotion to St. Anthony, known as St. Anthony’s Bread, goes back to the Thirteenth Century. It has been a source of many favors and graces and has also been of great aid to the poor and the needy.

There is a story associated with St. Anthony where a desperate mother whose toddler son had drowned, calls upon the intercession of St. Anthony promising if she obtained the blessing of her child being restored to life, she would donate to the poor bread equal to the weight of her son. This has resulted in the charitable tradition of St. Anthony’s Bread.

According to the most ancient chronicles, a child of Padua fell into a barrel of water and was drowned. In her grief, the mother called on St. Anthony for help and promised she would donate the child’s weight in grain for the poor if she were restored to life.

While the mother was still praying, the child arose as if from sleep. This miracle gave rise to the pious practice of giving alms to the poor as a petition or in return for favors received through St. Anthony’s intercession.

The practice received its present name from a favor received by a pious woman named Louise Bouffier at Toulon in France in the last century. She promised loaves of bread for the poor in exchange for St. Anthony’s help. Her shop later became a center of devotion to the Saint; the alms of those whose favors were heard were given to the numerous poor families of the city.

The Franciscan Order encourages this act of charity to the afflicted and those in want everywhere. It is a laudable method of sacrifice and of thanksgiving to St. Anthony.

Traditionally, Franciscans worldwide distribute small loaves of bread on St. Anthony’s Feast Day to remind us to follow his holy example.