Franciscan Charities
St. Anthony Bread
3140 Meramec Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118
Phone: (314) 655-0530
Fax:     (314) 655-0562
Province of the Sacred Heart
Eremo-della-Carcieri
Hermitage near Assisi
Franciscan Charities
Saint Anthony Bread -  through Direct Mail 
Franciscan Charities is the Development Fund Raising Office for the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart. 

Franciscan Charities takes special care to understand and pray for each of the prayer requests that we receive.  No donation is required.  The Office of Development is committed to ministering to you and ensuring that your prayer requests are being remembered daily.  

St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Padua are probably two of the most well-known Saints in the Church.  Francis' and Anthony's concern and passion of helping those less fortunate are the basis of the desires of thousands of people who assist us in helping those less fortunate.  If you have a desire to help others; but are unable to personally - let the Franciscans be your hands.  Help us permeate our society with Gospel values.  Help us become Instruments of change and heralds of peace in this broken world, serving ALL people, especially the poor and marginalized, through reconciliation and healing.  If you cannot assist us financially; please remember us and the people we serve in your prayers.  
We write to our benefactors via direct mail through the Post Office.  Our direct mail program is called Saint Anthony Bread.  We do not share, sell or exchange the names of our benefactors!  Most of our benefactors receive our letters of encouragement and inspiration monthly.  We send our letters at the beginning of each month.  We also send out a small magazine twice a year called the Franciscan Reporter.   We look forward to receiving prayer requests from anyone who needs prayer, especially our benefactors.

Saint Anthony Bread is a term used for the offerings we make in thanksgiving to God for the blessings that we receive through the prayers of Saint Anthony.  This practice is based on a legend that dates back to the year 1263.  A child had drowned near the Paduan Basilica of St. Anthony while it was being constructed.  The child's mother was heart broken and prayed for the intercession of Saint Anthony to bring her boy back to life.  She promised to give to the poor an amount of grain equal to her son's weight.  The child was miraculously revived and the mother made good on her promise.
What do we raise the money for?
How do we accept your contributions?
While the number of friars has declined greatly in recent years, we continue to respond to the call of the larger Church. Today the friars minister to the Athabascans in Alaska and the Ojibway in Odanah, WI; to African Americans in East St. Louis, IL, and Monroe, LA; and to the immigrant communities in Illinois, Texas, Indiana, Missouri, and Louisiana.

The friars of the Sacred Heart Province continue a missionary presence in Brazil, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Thailand.  

One of our friars currently heads the prison ministry for the Diocese of Belleville, IL, and is spearheading a project to open up a “reentry house” for ex-offenders.
 
Besides parochial, missionary, and educational ministries, the friars are involved in a variety of preaching and retreat ventures. The ministry of Reconciliation is a hallmark of the friars’ presence at St. Peter Church in Chicago’s Loop. Among the friars are found artists and artisans, chaplains and craftsmen, teachers and tour guides, musicians and lawyers—each, in his own way, working to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth by following in the footsteps of Jesus and Francis.

Besides supporting our current ministries, your donations also help us "care and prepare." We take seriously our responsibility to care for the aging and infirm friars who have dedicated most of their lives to the service of God's Church. On the other end of the age spectrum, your generosity helps us prepare a new generation of friars for ministry to the People of God.  

We accept contributions in many ways.  We can accept your credit card donations over the phone, through the mail and over the internet 'online'.  We can accept your contribution online when you click the 'donate' button.  We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover Card and American Express.  We also accept donations in the form of cash or checks through Direct Mail.  We can also set up recurring credit card donations as well as recurring electronic check donations.  
Fr. Bill Spencer, OFM
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