Saint Anthony Day Party
Last evening the Conventual Friars hosted a Saint Anthony Day party for the community here at the Centre and some friends from the wider community. It was both an occasion to celebrate a great saint of the Franciscan movement, but also to say "Farewell" to one of the Conventual Franciscans who has been assigned to a local parish in Rye. At the left is Antony Jukes, a member of the English Franciscan province, who is about to make his final profession of vows. Antony is one of the Level III student I have this semester. On the right, Antony is joined by his classmate Alvydas and others in song. Alvydas is a Franciscan from Lithuania who is also preparing to make his final vows later this summer.
Two distinguished participants at the gathering were Fathers Ninian and Pasquale. Fr. Ninian is a member of the English Franciscans and Fr. Pasquale is an Italian Capuchin. I caught them conversing over a glass of wine and a sandwich and thought that the picture captures more than two friars sitting on a bench. While the two belong to different branches of the Franciscan First Order and have spent their lives as friars in different countries, yet there is much that they have in common as followers of Saint Francis. Their venerable ages and their wisdom stemming from their years of living the life are an inspiration to all of us here at the Franciscan International Study Centre.