We, the Friars of the Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padua, are daily engaged in the task of practicing this great mission which the Saint has enjoined upon us: to spread the Gospel and to practice Charity.
This year, our Saint’s solidarity has moved to Indonesia, to Tiga Juhar in the island of Sumatra.
With your help we will be able to build a junior and senior high school, a much needed facility in Tiga Juhar, and we would also like to use 20 hectares belonging to the friars to start a plantation.
Our objective is to offer schooling, housing and care to the forsaken children of this area, and also a job opportunity to the young men who will have to leave the Bethlemeh orphanage. But above all what we are striving for is to give the people of Tiga Juhar another chance, a new outlook, a new start in life.
Today, in this deprived area of Indonesia, hundreds of small trees are at risk of falling prey to drugs and gambling because they have no one to help and guide them. Please help us to turn them into sturdy, fruitful trees, please help us to give this budding forest a bright future.
Our bond with the Messenger of Saint Anthony magazine is of the strongest kind and is determined by the double mission that St. Anthony of Padua has enjoined upon us: to spread the Gospel and to perform works of charity.
Two sides of the same coin.
It is for this reason that the Messenger and St. Anthony’s Charities are really two sides of the same coin: one gives voice to the word of the Gospel and the other makes sure that our help reaches those who most need it. St. Anthony’s Charities, with its projects, aspects and stories, appears every month in the pages of the Messenger of Saint Anthony.
The connection between the solidarity organisation and its supporters.
The Messenger is therefore the connection between the solidarity organisation and its supporters. Through the Messenger, readers become promoters of development and liberation, the new way of applying the Gospel according to the teachings of St. Anthony.