December 11, 2018
A year of service to neighbors in need
St. Anthony Center by the numbers
BY MARK SOEHNER, OFM
Consider how to spread the Good News of Jesus. How important it is to give personal testimony when asked about the reason for your joy, your sense of purpose, your desire to give. But before someone would ask, they would need to see it in action. Many people never darken the doorway of a church. They didn’t in the day of Christ, either. Jesus found people in tax collectors’ homes, up in a sycamore tree. He ate with sinners. He searched for them where lost sheep tend to gather.
In Over-the-Rhine, we see the Good News in action every day – a stone’s throw from our own Franciscan Motherhouse. It’s happening at St. Anthony Center, developed when the needs of a neighborhood converged with the need to give new life to an old building.
How to re-purpose buildings has become a great industry in many cities. Perseverance is required to protect the historical nature of the edifice, while making it practical for its present use. Creativity, courage and compassion combined in the creation of St. Anthony Center. It happened because the warehouses and some of the offices of Franciscan Media were no longer needed after a time of downsizing.
Community activist Tom Klinedinst Jr. knew the situation. He approached then–Vicar Frank Jasper about using the space to house a number of nonprofits dedicated to serving the poor and homeless. With a lot of difficult conversations, a movement was born! After months of zoning discussions, countless revisions of usage plans and more, St. Anthony Center was dedicated a year ago on Dec. 12, 2017. Sadly, Tom did not live to see his vision brought to life.
This issue of News Notes measures the progress of the center by the number of those who have been helped, and the number of those who have helped them. They remind us that, following Jesus’ own evangelization pattern, we meet people in their need at “soft” entry points. “Soft” entry points abound at St. Anthony Center, such as providing an inviting meal, offering personal care from head to toe, teaching self-sufficiency though skills like jewelry-making, showing families how to cook, empowering many and helping to restore their dignity.
“Soft” entries such as these are the way most people first experience the compassion of Christ through His joyful followers. The first witness is to live like Jesus because of what Jesus has done for us. When I was naked, you clothed Me. When I was hungry, you gave Me something to eat. Through the ministries happening in this center, you can privately hear Christ tell you these five words: You did it to Me.
(A 24-hour facility providing medical and nursing care to sick homeless people to promote effective healing)
Volunteer: E-mail Development@centerforrespitecare.org or call 513-621-1868; most needed are help with meal program, pantry and shelf stockers; help with client activities (educational and recreational)
Wish List: Client clothing: loungewear, new underclothes, shower shoes; also, full-size toiletries
(Provides foot care, new socks and shoes for those in need)
Donate: Foot Care for the Souls, c/o Brian Tippett, 10304 Peachtree Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45242
Volunteer, Wish List: Contact Gary Short;
(Provides haircuts for people who are homeless, elderly, disabled or poor)
Volunteer: Ohio-licensed volunteer stylists or stylists-in-training are needed to assist in the mini-salon or within the mobile program; contact mpeebles@FranciscanMinistriesInc.org
(Provides a safe, pleasant place for persons in need to shower, shave, brush their teeth and use a toilet, have clothes laundered, use a phone and receive messages and mail)
Donate: 513-721-4811 or visit https://www.marymagdalenhouse.org/reserve/
Volunteer: Jenny Perez, 513-721-4811, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Wish List: Men’s clothing: coats size XL and up; hoodies, all sizes; sweatshirts, XL, 2XL; T-shirts, large, XL, 2XL; pants size 32-34; underwear, size 32-38; socks, belts
(Mission: to nurture and nourish the urban poor in mind, body and spirit, empowering them to achieve their full potential)
Wish List: https://www.sfsministries.org/contact-us/
(Works with social service agencies to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of the basic health need for diapers)
Wish List: All sizes of Pull-Ups; sizes Newborn, 5, and 6 of regular diapers.
(Provides transitional housing for the homeless, working poor and struggling families by remodeling vacant or distressed properties in inner-city Cincinnati)
Volunteer, Wish List: Contact 513-855-724-HOPE (4673)
PHOTO BY HENRY BECK, OFMSt. Francis Fraternity in Easton has 39 active members.Nov. 18, St. Francis Fraternity in Easton, Pa., welcomed nine new candidates for formation.
Our Secular Franciscan fraternity here at St. Francis Retreat House is growing. We have been blessed with new members and other veteran Secular Franciscans transferring into our fraternity here. The candidates have been meeting with Tom Caleca, the fraternity’s formator (far left in the photo), as inquirers. Rosemary Rossner (far right), also helps with new members and their formation.
The new candidates are: Joanne Conley, Kevin Conley, Joyce Farino, Marlene Fisher, Mandy Gero, Konrad Hewitt, Joan Hilstolsky, Andrea Olock, and David Ostile. In January 2019 we will witness two new members making their OFS profession: Kathy Butchko and Dona-Marie Triandafilou. The fraternity recently lost a long-time member with the death of Mike Nangle, who professed in the fraternity in 1983. Mike served as the group’s treasurer.
Nancy Ann Snyder is minister of the fraternity, which has 39 active members.
–Henry Beck, OFM
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