Christmas in the Summer

06-25-2017NewslettersFr. Antony Tinker, FHS

Dear Friends and Family,

We celebrated a ‘Summer Christmas’ party when I worked for the Catholic Pro-Life Committee in Dallas. It blessed our summer interns and took care of mothers in need during the summer months. The Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit will forever look at June 2017 as a Summer Christmas party due to the many gifts and blessings the Lord bestowed upon us.

On June 3, 2017 at 10am at All Saints Parish in Mesa, then Deacon Athanasius, was ordained to the priesthood - the first priestly ordination for our newly established community. Bishop Olmsted called him to be a father to this broken world through his love and witness. That same evening, the Vigil of Pentecost and the Titular Feast of our community, Fr. Athanasius celebrated his first Mass at St. John the Baptist on the Gila River Indian Reservation. The church was overflowing with people standing outside throughout the two-hour celebration.