I hope you have enjoyed meeting my brother Friars during this Advent season. As we now prepare to celebrate Christmas this week, please know that the Friars are thinking and praying for you and your families and friends.

We hope that as you gather with all those you love this Christmas, you will remember these Franciscan Advent stores of the poor and hungry, the lonely and the desperate, and the thousands of people who come to us each day.

Please help us to make Christmas really Christmas for them – make the Christmas story become a reality in their lives.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours, and – as Tiny Tim said in Charles Dickens’ –  A Christmas Carol –  God bless us everyone!

God Bless,

Fr. David Convertino, OFM
Executive Director, St. Anthony’s Guild