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St. Anthony Messenger’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

We at St. Anthony Messenger have pulled together a few items not only to help you with your Christmas list, but to help others as well. Enjoy these gift suggestions—and Merry Christmas!

Rugged Rosaries

Rugged RosariesOur paracord rosaries are handmade and rugged, but also refined and beautifully masculine. These are guaranteed not to break on you. The special cross on our Irish Blessings rosary is inspired by a 16th-century cross at the monastery of St. Kevin in Glendalough, Ireland. Saint medals can be added at an additional cost. Please visit our website for more selections.

PRICE: $43.99


Faith & Family Personalized Diamond Ring

This beautiful 18K gold-plated diamond ring makes a meaningful statement on its own.

Faith and Family Diamond Ring

But you can make it even more special when you provide up to six names of family members and loved ones to be engraved for free across the front of the ring.

PRICE: $99

Coffee & Goats

Pair the gift of a goat with the very thing they are credited with discovering: coffee! Proceeds from the sale of Heifer La Promesa Guatemalan Blend coffee enable families struggling with hunger and poverty an opportunity to achieve lives of true self-determination and dignity.

Coffee and GoatsWe work to establish and develop strong community-based organizations that emphasize the empowerment of women and youth.

Through the sale of their coffee, farmers are creating better financial futures for their families and communities.

PRICE: Coffee ($17); Goat ($120 or in $10 increments)

A New Take on the Nativity

A New Take on the Nativity

NOEL: An Unforgettable Night is a charming children’s book that reimagines the familiar story of Jesus’ birth by giving it a universal meaning. Its art, filled with remarkable illustrations, is full of details on the world of the Great North.

PRICE: $14.95


Hand-Crafted Jewelry

 Handcrafted JewelryThis gorgeous pendant from the Franciscans’ Sarah Center is multicolored and abstract, with Rondell beads and an ornate, gold-accent clasp. The center helps economically disadvantaged women develop jobs and life skills.

PRICE: $60 (earrings also available)



Gethsemani Farms

Gethsemani Farms

If you think you’ve tried fruitcake, it’s time to try it again! Beyond our handmade fruitcake, Gethsemani Farms offers a variety of tasty goodies at Christmastime, such as fudge, coffee, and pomegranate jelly.

PRICE: $31.50 (also sold separately)


The Pope Francis Collection

Pope Francis Collection of BooksPope Francis took his name after Ssaint Francis of Assisi, and, like his namesake, he is inspiring generations of believers and seekers alike. His insights about Ssaint Francis, Mary, the environment, and family will warm the hearts of loved ones this Christmas.

PRICE: $22.99 (each sold separately; 25% off with code SAM GIFT)



Peace and Good: Through the Year with Francis of Assisi

Peace and Good Book

This wonderful introduction to the life and teachings of Saint Francis offers daily inspiration and a dose of “peace and good”—a phrase often associated with Francis and his followers.

PRICE: $19.99 (25% off with code SAMGIFT)


The Franciscan Saints

Franciscan Saints BookReading Robert Ellsberg’s profiles of holy men and women is like throwing open a window in a stuffy, old church and taking in great gulps of fresh air. These 101 spiritual trailblazers span the centuries from Francis and Clare to Solanus Casey and Mychal Judge, with representatives from every walk of life and corner of the world.

Each entry features the essential biographical facts and adds the insight and depth only Ellsberg can provide. The author’s sharp eye for signs and stories of holiness in the gritty, messy real world informs his selections, making his work unique. 

PRICE: $19.99 (25% off with code SAMGIFT)


Spices & Soups

Spices and Soups from TomorrowProjectYour purchase helps women end the cycle of homelessness and find new direction and hope. All sales are reinvested into The Tomorrow Project to pay the women training stipends, provide classes, and cover production costs.



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