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St. Anthony’s Franciscan Spirit

There are three giants in the earliest years of Franciscanism: Saints Francis, Clare, and Anthony. Francis and Clare, of course, were founders. In the broadest sense, one could think of Francis as the heart of the movement, a heart profoundly engaged with the world, seen through the lens of poverty.

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Editor’s Minute

This month marks the end of one era for St. Anthony Messenger. Our new, redesigned look will be unveiled next month, in the January 2018 edition. As you’ll see in January, in a piece that Father Pat and I are pulling together, this magazine has had a number of different styles over its many years. It seems fitting that we would launch this new look in the midst of our 125th anniversary year, doesn’t it?

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Editor’s Minute

Creative Choices

How do you make a call between two different styles? In one case in this very issue I’m referring to Sister Rose Pacatte’s wonderful article about Timothy Reckart, “Following The Star. ” He’s a remarkable man who has crafted an outstanding animated film about the Holy Family for the holiday season. We could have illustrated her interview in more than one way either in a more photographic style or with animated characters from the film itself.

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