- Jul 10, 2020
The St. Francis shelter serves the homeless in Tuscon.
The June 13 feast of St. Anthony of Padua and the novena, the nine days of prayer leading up to it, mark some of the busiest times at Washington’s Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America — and any temple worldwide, for that matter, that observes his feast.
Pope Francis asked that the world’s Franciscans and devotees of St. Anthony of Padua be inspired by this 13th-century saint by being “restless” to hit the road and share God’s love through word and deed.
Since March 24, when the city installed stay-at-home measures to combat the new coronavirus, the number of people seeking food more than quadrupled.
A Franciscan friar who was on his way to join a new religious community in New York became Washington’s first COVID-19 fatality March 20 and the first known U.S. Catholic cleric to die after contracting the coronavirus.