St. Anthony’s Guild is a non-profit corporation and religious association guided by the Franciscan friars. Its mission is to promote the spiritual well-being of its members, living and deceased, to aid the education of young men in their vocation to the Franciscan Order, and to serve God by helping the Franciscans in every field of apostolic work. Besides what is offered specifically for their intentions, the members also share in the Masses, prayers and good works of the Franciscan friars. For more than 85 years, Guild members have also helped educate generations of friars through their generosity.
There is significance in the Guild’s choice of its Patron. St. Anthony of Padua was one of the most enthusiastic and deeply motivated of St. Francis’s contemporaries. Appointed by St. Francis as the first teacher of theology in the Order, St. Anthony spread and helped live the message of love for God and all his creatures. The Franciscans, today, with the help of St. Anthony’s Guild, work among the poor, alienated and homeless, helping in parishes, urban service churches, schools and serving as chaplains in hospitals and other ministries.