St. Anthony Messenger

November 2022

Dear Reader: Greg Friedman, OFM, a Journeyman Friar

Of all the friars I’ve ever met—and the over years I’ve known more than a few—Greg Friedman, OFM, will go down as one of the most interesting. He is impossible to categorize because he is, in a word, multilayered. For …

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Sacred Places, Sacred People: Franciscans and Native Americans

Conventual Franciscan Friar Charles McCarthy sees his ministry with Native Americans in the Southwest as one of accompaniment and respect.  The soft-spoken Franciscan leads me into the 17th-century Church of St. Joseph. I pause for a moment to take in …

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Reel Time with Sister Rose

The Banshees of Inisherin A well-deserved double winner at the 2022 Venice Film Festival (best actor for Colin Farrell and best screenplay for writer-director Martin McDonagh), The Banshees of Inisherin delves into Celtic folklore, dark humor, and graphic violence.  On the surface, …

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TV Review: Taken Hostage

Taken Hostage   American Experience on PBS November 14 and 15, check local listings  Iran is a study in contrasts. It is a place wedded to simplicity and to its ancient traditions, yet rhinoplasties and sex reassignment surgeries are commonplace there. It’s …

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Father Emil Kapaun: Shepherd in Combat Boots 

Service. That is the word that can be used to sum up the life of Korean War chaplain Father Emil Kapaun. In September 2021,a military plane departed Honolulu, Hawaii, headed toward Wichita, Kansas. Aboard the plane were the long-lost remains …

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